Posted 20 December 2007 - 10:27 AM
Hiya, I'm new to the forums and am in need of some opinions.. I have a hunch this may be a hardware malfunction. This all started a few months ago when there was a thunderstorm and I wasn't able to get my computer off in time. The splash screen started showing up with a distorted loading bar and not proceeding past the splash screen. If I started in Safe Mode, Windows would start fine, but the screen would be distorted (horizontal and vertical lines, etc. mostly covering what I needed to see). After I tried rebooting a number of times in different modes (Safe Modes and regular "last settings that worked") the computer started working perfectly normally again for a couple months... Until now. Now it's stuck on the distorted problems. I think it may be the video card or something that was hurt from the lightning, but I'm not quite sure. BIOS screens still show perfectly normal, it's just the Windows related screens, and Safe Mode still starts distorted.
Any ideas? Thanks!