This problem concerns my main PC. I am writing this using a laptop as my main PC can not be started due to this failure.
Exact symptom: when booting the PC either the start-up Windows XP login screen does not display correctly (dots and subsequent wrong colours) or at startup the monitor has bands of colours. Either way, the PC is unusable.
History: This started with an occasional error message: "Cannot display this video mode" in white letters on a black screen. Re-booting helped. Occasionally this happened during a session, requiring a forced re-boot to continue, and losing anything running. The crashes have gradually become more frequent.
Additional information: I am currently unable to use the main PC to get exact specifications of the whole operating system. One of the previous system scans was mentioned in this thread: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic207516.html My operating system is XP Pro, SP 2. The system has almost no extra available memory.
Motherboard: ASUS P4PE ATX I845PE skt478DDR 1394audio.
Videocard: ASUS V9180 VS/2DV/64Mb GF4 MX440-BX TV-Out Vid-in.
Procesor: Intel PIV 2.4A GHz Skt 478 533MHz Retail Box+Cooler512Kb.
I'm guessing the only possibility is to try and fix things in safe mode?
Any help with this including how to enter safe mode would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
Edited by hamluis, 11 November 2011 - 05:26 PM.
Moved from XP to Internal Hardware.