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#1 MrClose

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 11:20 PM

Can someone explain to me ... Why a pc can Send a perfect looking picture to someone or to somewhere, like photobucket but Can't send the same perfect picture to a monitor??

In trying to resolve a color problem on an xp pc of mine that has lousy, washed out colors .. I did a screen capture and posted it to a forum for the folks.

I wanted them to see exactly what the problem with the colors looked like!

Problem is .. on 'this', my other pc .. the screen capture image has perfect colors!??

The posted image in the forums shows up as perfect too.
They Must Think That I Am Nutts!!

Yes, the other pc has been connected and tried on several other, brand new monitors and has the same washed out crappy colors.

All the cables are new too.

Thanks for allowing me to Rant!!

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 12:04 AM

Have you tried reinstalling the video drivers ?
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Posted 08 June 2009 - 01:06 AM

Thanks for the response

I am convinced that unless I am lucky enough to reach someone who has had this same problem .. I will never be able to fix it.

I have a Gateway GM5045E MCE PC.

It is based upon the xp pro.

It has the Nvidia GeForce 6200 Turbo Cache card. (Integrated with the onboard chip)?

Well, a little over a year ago .. The display colors went south on me.
(Washed out with the reds showing as almost black).

The pc sat in a repair shop for 2 months with everything being tried.

New video card, new and more powerful power unit, new drivers .. etc. etc.
Nothing ever worked and no solutions were ever given.

I put the pc in the closet for 6 months and then one day, on a whim, I pulled it out and did a complete destructive re-install.

It had Beautiful color again after the install .. for about a week.

I kept using it for a few weeks and .. once in a while the colors would flash back to the correct colors.

They would only stay 'correct' for a short time then revert to the washed out look.

New cables, different monitors .. all the hardware checks out.

Heres another Dilemma: From right out of the box, I could never get a display when hooking up to the 6200 card.
It's always had to run through the onboard port.

Checking in Device Manager, Belarc Advisor and Everest .. according to their stats: I have only a GeForce 6100 in the display Adapter category.
(I'm guessing that is the Northbridge Chip)?

I've tried and I can't load the GeForce 6200 driver and have no clue as to why not? (the video card is still in the pc)

As an aside: Is there a way to check the video card's "slot" with a multi-meter for power?


ANY Ideas would be Greatly Appreciated.

Thanks

BTW: Two other pieces to the clue .. This has always been a Media Center 2005 Edition but my system specs now read as 2002!

A BIOS problem maybe?

I also have an "Unknown" device with a question mark beside it.

It's says Bus CardBus.
Would that be causing my problem?

I am especially confused about how the 2005 mce edition seemed to have changed to a to 2002 edition?

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 10:00 AM

Have you tried a physical video card?

Sounds to me like that might be a solution.

Reference: http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/6151/6151sp3.shtml

If competent personnel...had the system for two months and failed to accurately diagnose what was wrong...it's very unlikely that anyone here (who don't have access to the system and can't test anything) is likely to suddenly have a clue, IMO.

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 03:12 PM

Hamluis

Not too sure about the competent personnel part.
It was in the hands of the now defunct Circuit City Firedog techs. :thumbsup:

They .. and I have had various cards in and out of the machine with no luck.

As for someone being able to diagnose the problem over the internet .. you are correct.
That is why I was hoping that someone who has had the same symptoms might come along.
For instance: What would cause it to all of a sudden, flash a good color display once in a while and then go bad again?

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 04:12 PM

The problem with a computer...it's a system.

That means that all the parts tend to work together and what might seem like an error in one part...may actually be due to a fault in another component/part.

Video problems...impulse is to say "drivers or video component"...but it could be PSU, motherboard, or something really esoteric.

That's one reason why error messages...are so important in attempting to resolve certain troublesome situations. Without an error message, it devolves into random/calculated guessing, IMO.

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 11:04 PM

Thank You Louis

BTW: Do you know of any type of program that can be downloaded and run on the pc that can run and check the video and it's components on your system?

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 07:08 AM

The only thing which I know of that is analogous...is using the dxdiagnostic or Windows troubleshooters.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb219726(VS.85).aspx

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 01:39 AM

Thank You for all the help Louis.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 10:34 AM

Easily done :thumbsup:.

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