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#1 Teach Power

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 11:07 PM

As of 3 days ago I have been experiencing some strange video problems. Seemingly random my monitor freezes and shows the image of the last thing I was working on with some blocky grey squares and the colors on the rest of the monitor looking like a sick version of VGA. I have noticed this happen more frequently when I tried to do certain things like watch a video posted to a Facebook page or play games. Although when the monitor has frozen I have noticed the computer seems to be still working fine as I can hear the video playing or the game working as regular game sounds and my input (mouse button press and keyboard play correct game sounds). To solve this issue I have:

  • Downloaded and installed the newest drivers for my video card
  • removed, cleaned the video card, and reseated it
  • cleaned the rest of the computer case and parts from dust and dirt

Can somebody please help me because this problem has me stumped. I am very familiar with building and repairing computers but do not know what could be the problem. Another detail that might help is to read the problem I wrote about in this thread link
BleepingComputer thread I wrote about taskbar/rebooting issue
as I still have the same problem and just learned to live with it. I believe I have a partially corrupted Explorer.EXE and have not done a clean install of XP as I am not looking forward to re-installing all apps and programs I have.

If the two problems I have written about in this thread are needing me to re-install XP, can somebody point me to a tutorial that will show me how to in the most efficient manner? Is there a way to re-install and not have to re-install all your apps and programs? Maybe make an image of the "Programs" folder, "My Documents" folder, etc., re-install OS, then copy the image back of those folders after the clean install of the OS? I just don't want to lose the stuff I have already on the HD or look for CD's of apps/programs I might not be able to find.

Thank you in advance for reading and offering any help.
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#2 Teach Power

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 07:10 PM

Does anybody have any clue as to what it might be? Any ideas from the bleepingcomputer forum techies?

UPDATE: I did a re-install of the OS (Windows XP) and it is still doing the same thing. Computer boots up much faster than normal now of course. But now about 5 minutes after boot the same video problems occur. Could it be the video card itself? Does that sound possible?
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Posted 30 November 2010 - 08:06 PM

Yes it definitely could be an issue with the video card.

But let's try to rule out some more things before we make that assumption.

By chance, do you have access to another monitor to see if the same issue occurs?

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 08:56 PM

Yes I have another monitor and I haven't been able to try it yet but I will try it now tonight. I will let you know.
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