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Anonymous
June 9, 2005 8:02:01 PM

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Recently i had an game running for about an hour when suddenly the graphics
went crazy, everything started to flick and you could'nt make out anything on
the screen. I turned off the game only to find the graphics on my desktop and
mousepointer to be distorted.

I tried rebooting the computer but the distorted graphics would'nt go away,
i even tried to change the resulotion a few times, no luck.

I also discovered that the graphics on the computer boot up and self-test
sequence was distorted as well.

I have'nt been able to get the graphic to work properly in any program or
game, not even when started without using windows.

I've tried:
rebooting
Installing newest graphic drivers
changing the resulotion back and forth
run adaware and antivirus programs
uninstalling the graphic drivers
reinstalling the graphic drivers
changing computer screens
run checkdisk
run automatic system retstore point (forgot what it's actually called)
formating C: and reinstalling windows
updating windows
formating all drives and reinstalling windows

And nothing seems to have worked so far.
Only time i seem to be able to get rid of the graphic distortions is when i
run windows in "safe mode". tho the boot up sequence still remains distorted.

The computer im using is a P4 3ghz, 1gb ram, Ati radeon 9800 pro graphic card.


Anyone have any idea what could be wrong and how i might be able to fix it?
Im all out of ideas, thanks.
Anonymous
June 9, 2005 8:12:03 PM

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Just wanted to also mention that windows has become really slow, for example,
when i take an folder window and drag it around the screen, it lags behind
quite heavily and the system usage bar goes up considerly.

"Kobra" wrote:

> Recently i had an game running for about an hour when suddenly the graphics
> went crazy, everything started to flick and you could'nt make out anything on
> the screen. I turned off the game only to find the graphics on my desktop and
> mousepointer to be distorted.
>
> I tried rebooting the computer but the distorted graphics would'nt go away,
> i even tried to change the resulotion a few times, no luck.
>
> I also discovered that the graphics on the computer boot up and self-test
> sequence was distorted as well.
>
> I have'nt been able to get the graphic to work properly in any program or
> game, not even when started without using windows.
>
> I've tried:
> rebooting
> Installing newest graphic drivers
> changing the resulotion back and forth
> run adaware and antivirus programs
> uninstalling the graphic drivers
> reinstalling the graphic drivers
> changing computer screens
> run checkdisk
> run automatic system retstore point (forgot what it's actually called)
> formating C: and reinstalling windows
> updating windows
> formating all drives and reinstalling windows
>
> And nothing seems to have worked so far.
> Only time i seem to be able to get rid of the graphic distortions is when i
> run windows in "safe mode". tho the boot up sequence still remains distorted.
>
> The computer im using is a P4 3ghz, 1gb ram, Ati radeon 9800 pro graphic card.
>
>
> Anyone have any idea what could be wrong and how i might be able to fix it?
> Im all out of ideas, thanks.
June 9, 2005 9:42:02 PM

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from device manager, uninstall device. reboot computer. run through setup
wizard again.

also try checking within display properties, troubleshoot tab. lower the
hardware accelertation and see if you notice a difference. this may tell you
whether your video card has bit the dust.

good luck.


"Kobra" wrote:

> Just wanted to also mention that windows has become really slow, for example,
> when i take an folder window and drag it around the screen, it lags behind
> quite heavily and the system usage bar goes up considerly.
>
> "Kobra" wrote:
>
> > Recently i had an game running for about an hour when suddenly the graphics
> > went crazy, everything started to flick and you could'nt make out anything on
> > the screen. I turned off the game only to find the graphics on my desktop and
> > mousepointer to be distorted.
> >
> > I tried rebooting the computer but the distorted graphics would'nt go away,
> > i even tried to change the resulotion a few times, no luck.
> >
> > I also discovered that the graphics on the computer boot up and self-test
> > sequence was distorted as well.
> >
> > I have'nt been able to get the graphic to work properly in any program or
> > game, not even when started without using windows.
> >
> > I've tried:
> > rebooting
> > Installing newest graphic drivers
> > changing the resulotion back and forth
> > run adaware and antivirus programs
> > uninstalling the graphic drivers
> > reinstalling the graphic drivers
> > changing computer screens
> > run checkdisk
> > run automatic system retstore point (forgot what it's actually called)
> > formating C: and reinstalling windows
> > updating windows
> > formating all drives and reinstalling windows
> >
> > And nothing seems to have worked so far.
> > Only time i seem to be able to get rid of the graphic distortions is when i
> > run windows in "safe mode". tho the boot up sequence still remains distorted.
> >
> > The computer im using is a P4 3ghz, 1gb ram, Ati radeon 9800 pro graphic card.
> >
> >
> > Anyone have any idea what could be wrong and how i might be able to fix it?
> > Im all out of ideas, thanks.
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June 9, 2005 9:53:23 PM

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Kelly wrote:

> from device manager, uninstall device. reboot computer. run through
> setup wizard again.
>
> also try checking within display properties, troubleshoot tab. lower
> the hardware accelertation and see if you notice a difference. this
> may tell you whether your video card has bit the dust.
>
> good luck.
>
>
> "Kobra" wrote:
>
>> Just wanted to also mention that windows has become really slow, for
>> example, when i take an folder window and drag it around the screen,
>> it lags behind quite heavily and the system usage bar goes up
>> considerly.
>>
>> "Kobra" wrote:
>>
>> > Recently i had an game running for about an hour when suddenly the
>> > graphics went crazy, everything started to flick and you could'nt
>> > make out anything on the screen. I turned off the game only to find
>> > the graphics on my desktop and mousepointer to be distorted.
>> >
>> > I tried rebooting the computer but the distorted graphics would'nt
>> > go away, i even tried to change the resulotion a few times, no
>> > luck.
>> >

This does *not* sound like a Windows issue. This sounds like a severely
overheating and/or dying video card. Messing about with uninstalling
the device in Windows is useless. Open the computer and clean it out,
removing any dust bunnies. Now run the computer and observe all fans,
particularly the one on the video card (assuming it has one). You
didn't tell us what video card you have, but if it is elderly, it is
time to replace it. To be sure the card is the failing component, swap
it out for a known-working one.

Hardware troubleshooting usually involves swapping out parts, which
means having some extra items on hand. If you don't, then take the
machine to a professional computer repair shop (not your local
equivalent of BigStoreUSA) and have them diagnose and fix the problem.

Malke
--
Elephant Boy Computers
www.elephantboycomputers.com
"Don't Panic!"
MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
Anonymous
June 10, 2005 6:15:03 AM

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No overclocking has been done to the card and it worked perfectly before all
this happened.

The card is an Radeon 9800 pro 128 ram or something like that. It's about 2
years old i reckon.


So think the card is what's causing all the problems?




"Private Pyle" wrote:

>
> It wont be drivers or software if the boot up and self test was screwed
> aswell.
>
> Must be the actual card, is it overclocked?
>
>
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June 10, 2005 10:58:25 AM

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Kobra wrote:

> No overclocking has been done to the card and it worked perfectly
> before all this happened.
>
> The card is an Radeon 9800 pro 128 ram or something like that. It's
> about 2 years old i reckon.
>
>
> So think the card is what's causing all the problems?
>

See my previous post to you in this thread. From the information you
provided, yes it does seem to me that the video card is failing. Swap
it out for a known-working one to test.

Malke
--
Elephant Boy Computers
www.elephantboycomputers.com
"Don't Panic!"
MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User
Anonymous
June 10, 2005 2:21:01 PM

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Is the fan on the video card still functioning?

Kobra wrote:

> No overclocking has been done to the card and it worked perfectly before all
> this happened.
>
> The card is an Radeon 9800 pro 128 ram or something like that. It's about 2
> years old i reckon.
>
>
> So think the card is what's causing all the problems?
>
>
>
>
> "Private Pyle" wrote:
>
>
>>It wont be drivers or software if the boot up and self test was screwed
>>aswell.
>>
>>Must be the actual card, is it overclocked?
>>
>>
>>--
>>Private Pyle
>>
>>
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