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Bios Display And Xp Display Is All Messed Up.


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#1 suprermetroid

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 06:37 PM

When I boot up my computer the display on the POST looks a little grainy and there are vertical lines through the letters. Also a few of the characters are missing and or replaced with other letters. When I hit "delete" to enter BIOS its is completely unreadable. There is a lot of flickering and the characters are screwed up. Only a few letters are somewhat readable. When I exit BIOS (I know how to exit cause the exit menu is navigable only because I know it from memory. When I let the computer boot XP the same problems persists. The characters are all screwy as if its in another language. The splash screen graphics have vertical lines though the Windows XP logos and a few colours are missing. Finally when XP is loading up all I get is checkered boxes on my screen. I can still see my mouse cursor though.

This problem began over the weekend I surfing the net then all of a sudden my computer begins to slow down and the mouse cursor has yellow vertical lines around it. Then finally the computer freezes/locks up. I turn off the computer and try to power it back on but the it wont turn on after a few minutes the computer I tried again and everything was fine. Yesterday morning the same thing happened and this time I would boot up the PC but nothing would show up on screen as it was completely blank. After a few hours I try to turn on the computer again and I got the initial beep but then the display problems I described earlier happened. I thought it was a power supply issue so I got a new one a few hours ago. I installed it and the same problem happened.

My specs as follows:

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AMD 2500
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Posted 09 April 2008 - 06:55 PM

I would have tried a new CMOS battery first...the system acts very strangely when it needs to be replaced.

If that provided no joy, I would move on to other components.

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 06:57 PM

Thanks for the reply. They sell CMOS batteries? A similar problem happened to my sister's computer all she did was get a new case. Essentially she was getting a new PSU so thats why I got a new power supply unit.

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 07:12 PM

Sounds like bad ram to me...

Have you tried memtest? Have you reseated the ram? Is it overclocked?
Does this system use internal video, or do you have a seperate graphics card installed?

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 07:13 PM

Radio Shack or a similar place will have the CMOS battery. Its the CR2032. About 5 bucks
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Posted 09 April 2008 - 07:14 PM

Try using another monitor to see if the problem persists. If it does, you probably have a problem with your video card/onboard video chip. Depends on what you have. If there's a small fan on the video processor, it could be clogged or broke
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#7 suprermetroid

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 08:03 PM

I havent touched the RAM and its not overclocked. I tried plugging in another monitor but nothing shows up on screen. I do not hear a beep either. My video card is not internal. Its a geforce 5200 or something like that. This compouter is about 5 years old.

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 08:45 PM

Ah.. the ram can only cause this on internal video cards.

My guess is failure of the graphics card. It may be that the fan failed, given the age of the card, and that caused it to overheat and burn out.

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 09:01 PM

Some of those 5200's don't even have fans. Garbled BIOS sounds
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Posted 09 April 2008 - 09:43 PM

Can I plug in my monitor to my on board video card without disabling my AGP card?

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 08:01 AM

You can try just changing the connection, as long as you haven't disabled the onboard video in the BIOS.

If that doesn't allow the onboard to work, then I would remove the video card and then try the onboard.

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