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#1 Griggle

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 04:56 PM

A few, maybe 3 days ago i my computer completely restarted itself and windows warned me of a critical system error it tried to fix, after that the edges of the monitor began to appear to be jumping and creating gaps. The computer began to behave sluggishly then eventually the monitor turned black, then flashed back on, then turned black again. Earlier, my computer had been warning me of virtual memory issues and because this had been frequently happening i began to ignore it (it usually resolved itself.)
Now, i can only access the desktop after running it in safemode but obviously this isn't very practical, i have visited the bios to check for problems but have made no changes, i've also run virus scans and such, but none of those have yielded results. I've run disk cleanup however the problem still persists.
I desperately need assistance as this is my school computer.

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 07:14 PM

Just a hunch, reinstall the video driver
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#3 Griggle

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 08:56 PM

im not very experienced with computers so what would reinstalling the driver entail specifically?

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:47 AM

May be useful: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-update-a-windows-hardware-driver/

It's really very simple, seems complicated when explained. First, make sure that you have the driver package you need to install.

Step 1: Go to Device Manager (Start/Run...type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter).

Step 2: Click the plus-sign in front of Display Adapter. Double-click the specific item appearing under Display Adapter, select the Driver tab...push the button marked Uninstall. I think it's important to remove/uninstall drivers which are being replaced, some persons don't think in agreement with me on that one :thumbsup:.

Follow the guidance in the link for installing driver.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 02:39 PM

how do i ensure that i have the right driver package, especially when i cannot access the internet on that computer?

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 03:09 PM

You can download the drivers...right now, since you happen to be on the Internet.

Once you download them, you can burn them to CD...put them on flash drive, whatever...and carry them back to your system.

Did you get a drivers CD when you bought your computer system?

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 03:22 PM

i wouldn't know, this is my brothers old computer so any drivers cds are buried somewhere in his belongings and after doing an extensive search for drivers online i have yet to get any hits for my particular model (Nvidia GeForce fx 5200)

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 03:48 PM

That's funny :thumbsup:, I have one of those sitting around here gathering dust (I use the onboard video).

Look on the case of your system...does it display a brand and model number?

If not...go Start/Run...type msinfo32 and hit Enter. What appears in the right screen opposite System Name and System Manufacturer?

Since you don't have any CDs...have you considered what you are going to do when the system needs a repair or rinstall of XP?

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Edited by hamluis, 07 September 2009 - 03:49 PM.


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Posted 08 September 2009 - 07:28 PM

My system name is OUTLAW (brothers choice) my System Manufacturer is Nvidia and my Model is AWRDACPI
and under the extreme case that i'd need to re-install xp, i'd just spend a week or so looking for the installation disk, we have it, it's just not common knowledge as to where it is. my original statement was that i don't know anything about the modifications he made to his computer and because of that i wouldn't know where the cds for that program/hardware is.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 09:04 PM

The info you reported...doesn't make sense to me.

AWRDACPI is BIOS data, nVidia only makes chipsets (not systems or motherboards), and the system name reflected should indicate either a system manufacturer or a motherboard manufacturer.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 10:31 PM

Copied directly from my System information page:
OS Name: Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name: Outlaw
System Manufacturer: Nvidia
System Model: AWRDACPI
System Type: X86-based PC
Processor: x86 Family 6 Model 10 Stepping 0 AuthenticAMD ~3079Mhz
Bios Version/Date: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 OG, 7/30/2004
SMBIOS Version: 2.2
Windows Directory: C:\\WINDOWS
system Directory: C:\\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device: \Device\Harddisk\Volume1
Locale: US
Total Virtual Memory: 2gigs
Available: 1.96 gigs

Would the fact that im on safemode alter the search in anyway?

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 10:31 AM

No, I can't explain the data reflected.

You can try a different tool, SIW System Information for Windows - http://www.gtopala.com/ and see what's listed under the Hardware/Motherboard category.

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 08:56 PM

"Warning! Windows is running in Safe Mode!
This program isn't designed to run in Safe Mode.

Regardless,
Manufacturer: Http://www.abit.com.tw/
Model: AN7 (nVidia-nForce2)
CPU: AMD athlon*tm) XP 2800+
anything else?

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 08:23 AM

NForce chipset drivers, Windows XP...click on it and download, http://www.abit.com.tw/page/en/download/do...fSEARCHTEXT=AN7

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 11:19 AM

On the off chance that this doesn't work what other issues might cause similar symptoms (screen flashing on and off)




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