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Anonymous
August 7, 2005 8:30:01 AM

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we had the pc running a few programs last night including a live feed. when
the electricity went off. on start up, the display is distorted (just barely
readable). we performed a restore to two days ago but it hasn't helped. The
monitor's (a flat screen) menu itself isn't distorted, just the output of the
pc.
Any advice?

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Anonymous
August 7, 2005 11:43:57 AM

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It's possible your PC (Video card/MB Chip) has been damaged.
When you say line power went off - was it a momentary outage
or did it stay off for say a minute or more ?

When power comes back on after a momentary loss, it creates a
spike that can exceed the maximum rating of certain components.
This is why everyone should have a minimal UPS (Universal Power
Supply). It's a small battery and monitor that keeps a PC running
during power outages. Basic units can be as cheap as ~$25.00.



"tchowell1982" <tchowell1982@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:70C9650D-589E-4E1A-AFB1-F5FF78BAFC47@microsoft.com...
> we had the pc running a few programs last night including a live feed.
> when
> the electricity went off. on start up, the display is distorted (just
> barely
> readable). we performed a restore to two days ago but it hasn't helped.
> The
> monitor's (a flat screen) menu itself isn't distorted, just the output of
> the
> pc.
> Any advice?
Anonymous
August 7, 2005 11:43:58 AM

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It was off for less than a minute until we switched to emergency supply, but
we left the pc switched off longer than that, maybe about four or five minutes

"R. McCarty" wrote:

> It's possible your PC (Video card/MB Chip) has been damaged.
> When you say line power went off - was it a momentary outage
> or did it stay off for say a minute or more ?
>
> When power comes back on after a momentary loss, it creates a
> spike that can exceed the maximum rating of certain components.
> This is why everyone should have a minimal UPS (Universal Power
> Supply). It's a small battery and monitor that keeps a PC running
> during power outages. Basic units can be as cheap as ~$25.00.
>
>
>
> "tchowell1982" <tchowell1982@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:70C9650D-589E-4E1A-AFB1-F5FF78BAFC47@microsoft.com...
> > we had the pc running a few programs last night including a live feed.
> > when
> > the electricity went off. on start up, the display is distorted (just
> > barely
> > readable). we performed a restore to two days ago but it hasn't helped.
> > The
> > monitor's (a flat screen) menu itself isn't distorted, just the output of
> > the
> > pc.
> > Any advice?
>
>
>
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Anonymous
August 7, 2005 12:00:10 PM

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It's also possible the drive contents didn't get flushed (written) due
to the abrupt power off. Try to boot the PC to Safe Mode (F8).
If your video functions correctly - then it's a drive issue and you'll
need to run a Chkdsk to see if the "Dirty" flag is set.

"tchowell1982" <tchowell1982@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:C14680A3-81A6-4B16-9101-C46EB6643419@microsoft.com...
> It was off for less than a minute until we switched to emergency supply,
> but
> we left the pc switched off longer than that, maybe about four or five
> minutes
>
> "R. McCarty" wrote:
>
>> It's possible your PC (Video card/MB Chip) has been damaged.
>> When you say line power went off - was it a momentary outage
>> or did it stay off for say a minute or more ?
>>
>> When power comes back on after a momentary loss, it creates a
>> spike that can exceed the maximum rating of certain components.
>> This is why everyone should have a minimal UPS (Universal Power
>> Supply). It's a small battery and monitor that keeps a PC running
>> during power outages. Basic units can be as cheap as ~$25.00.
>>
>>
>>
>> "tchowell1982" <tchowell1982@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:70C9650D-589E-4E1A-AFB1-F5FF78BAFC47@microsoft.com...
>> > we had the pc running a few programs last night including a live feed.
>> > when
>> > the electricity went off. on start up, the display is distorted (just
>> > barely
>> > readable). we performed a restore to two days ago but it hasn't helped.
>> > The
>> > monitor's (a flat screen) menu itself isn't distorted, just the output
>> > of
>> > the
>> > pc.
>> > Any advice?
>>
>>
>>
Anonymous
August 7, 2005 12:00:11 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

i rebooted but the display is worse than ever in safe mode. I think we'll
need to buy a new graphics card!

"R. McCarty" wrote:

> It's also possible the drive contents didn't get flushed (written) due
> to the abrupt power off. Try to boot the PC to Safe Mode (F8).
> If your video functions correctly - then it's a drive issue and you'll
> need to run a Chkdsk to see if the "Dirty" flag is set.
>
> "tchowell1982" <tchowell1982@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:C14680A3-81A6-4B16-9101-C46EB6643419@microsoft.com...
> > It was off for less than a minute until we switched to emergency supply,
> > but
> > we left the pc switched off longer than that, maybe about four or five
> > minutes
> >
> > "R. McCarty" wrote:
> >
> >> It's possible your PC (Video card/MB Chip) has been damaged.
> >> When you say line power went off - was it a momentary outage
> >> or did it stay off for say a minute or more ?
> >>
> >> When power comes back on after a momentary loss, it creates a
> >> spike that can exceed the maximum rating of certain components.
> >> This is why everyone should have a minimal UPS (Universal Power
> >> Supply). It's a small battery and monitor that keeps a PC running
> >> during power outages. Basic units can be as cheap as ~$25.00.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> "tchowell1982" <tchowell1982@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> >> news:70C9650D-589E-4E1A-AFB1-F5FF78BAFC47@microsoft.com...
> >> > we had the pc running a few programs last night including a live feed.
> >> > when
> >> > the electricity went off. on start up, the display is distorted (just
> >> > barely
> >> > readable). we performed a restore to two days ago but it hasn't helped.
> >> > The
> >> > monitor's (a flat screen) menu itself isn't distorted, just the output
> >> > of
> >> > the
> >> > pc.
> >> > Any advice?
> >>
> >>
> >>
>
>
>
Anonymous
August 7, 2005 3:36:50 PM

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Have you tried turning it off and leaving it off for about 15 to 20 minutes
before you restart it?


"tchowell1982" <tchowell1982@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:191CB895-869D-45A5-AD40-81A1725D65BC@microsoft.com...
>i rebooted but the display is worse than ever in safe mode. I think we'll
> need to buy a new graphics card!
>
> "R. McCarty" wrote:
>
>> It's also possible the drive contents didn't get flushed (written) due
>> to the abrupt power off. Try to boot the PC to Safe Mode (F8).
>> If your video functions correctly - then it's a drive issue and you'll
>> need to run a Chkdsk to see if the "Dirty" flag is set.
>>
>> "tchowell1982" <tchowell1982@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:C14680A3-81A6-4B16-9101-C46EB6643419@microsoft.com...
>> > It was off for less than a minute until we switched to emergency
>> > supply,
>> > but
>> > we left the pc switched off longer than that, maybe about four or five
>> > minutes
>> >
>> > "R. McCarty" wrote:
>> >
>> >> It's possible your PC (Video card/MB Chip) has been damaged.
>> >> When you say line power went off - was it a momentary outage
>> >> or did it stay off for say a minute or more ?
>> >>
>> >> When power comes back on after a momentary loss, it creates a
>> >> spike that can exceed the maximum rating of certain components.
>> >> This is why everyone should have a minimal UPS (Universal Power
>> >> Supply). It's a small battery and monitor that keeps a PC running
>> >> during power outages. Basic units can be as cheap as ~$25.00.
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> "tchowell1982" <tchowell1982@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
>> >> message
>> >> news:70C9650D-589E-4E1A-AFB1-F5FF78BAFC47@microsoft.com...
>> >> > we had the pc running a few programs last night including a live
>> >> > feed.
>> >> > when
>> >> > the electricity went off. on start up, the display is distorted
>> >> > (just
>> >> > barely
>> >> > readable). we performed a restore to two days ago but it hasn't
>> >> > helped.
>> >> > The
>> >> > monitor's (a flat screen) menu itself isn't distorted, just the
>> >> > output
>> >> > of
>> >> > the
>> >> > pc.
>> >> > Any advice?
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>>
>>
>>
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