Posted 10 August 2011 - 09:39 AM
A friend gave me a Dell computer with XP SP3 because he gave up on trying to resolve this issue. The right half of the screen is distorted with a pattern of pinkish horizontal lines. The intensity of this probl;em seems to be different each time I boot up. Some times I can use it, sometimes I'll have to restart so that it is not covering most of the stuff on the right side to the point I can't see it. It will get darker & the pattern will get thicker as time goes on using the computer. If I drag something from that side toward the left, it will bring the distortion with that window, and the patterns seem to copy over each other to make them get darker as I use the puter. Eventually I have to give up & start over instead of guessing where to click the mouse on that side, or guess what is written there. Several cables & monitors & a different hard drive have been tried with the same result, so my guess is I need to buy a new video card & try that. The only problem is, I believe the previous owner also tried a different video card, so that's why I am checking in here first for other possibilities. Due to a failure of my main computer I need to start using this one, so I figure I'd ask for help in trying to fix this. I have a .jpg screen shot of this but I don't know how to load it into the post. Thank you.