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Old Nov 19, 2002, 02:58 AM
BeNi B BeNi B is offline
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Default Boot Screen Distorted and Pink Lines In Windows

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Hi, about a month ago, I had to replace my dead hard drive (do not buy IBM) and had to reinstall everything. The only thing I changed was my hard drive. Everything was running fine except when I started my computer up, the boot up screen (the screen that has detecting drives, ram count, etc) was distorted. The letters, which are grey, had white parts and looked messed up. Also, in Windows, I noticed a lot of icons had pink lines surrounding them. My specs are as follows:
Athlon XP 1800+
Soyo Dragon Plus
Ati Radeon LE 128
512 Generic Ram
Win XP Pro SP1

After about a week of messing around, the problem was fixed. I had originally thought it was some tv-out setting that caused the issue. It's been about a month or so and now the problem has returned. I didn't mess with my computer at all since it was fixed. Everything was fine since the until yesterday; the distortion just reappeared. From last time, I tried 2 different monitors and still nothing changed, so the monitor is fine. I doubt it's anything software related since the boot screen is messed up. Yesterday, I tried removing and reinserting the video card (Radeon 8500 LE) and also pushed the ram (512 generic) to make sure it was tight; maybe out of the 4-5 times I did that, it was fixed maybe 2 times. When it did look fine the 1st time, I pushed my computer back into it's shelf and then the distortion returned. The 2nd time, I was using the computer for about 15 mins then everything got laggy and I had to restart (this has happened to me before). After restarting, the distortion returned (never happened before). Any 3d game I try to play is also messed up. I'm guessing it's the video card and maybe something's loose. I don't understand how it can be fine for a month then all of a sudden go bad. Any advice would be helpful.
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Old Nov 19, 2002, 07:59 AM
zedy zedy is offline
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Video card without a doubt, maybe even a faulty video card slot on motherboard.
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Old Nov 20, 2002, 06:33 PM
BeNi B BeNi B is offline
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It looks like it is the video card. I used my old 3dfx card and everything looked fine. As of right now, the Radeon card is also working fine. I'm thinking of getting a new power supply since the one I'm using is generic, and may be the source of my problems. I don't have any experience in the psu market, but I'm thinking about the ENERMAX EG365P-VE(FM). 350W, any thoughts? Thanks.
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Old Nov 20, 2002, 06:58 PM
beardedwonder beardedwonder is offline
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I'd like to chip in (yet again!!) to say that i have had no probs with my HD and know quite a few people who have IBM Deskstars (A.K.A [on this board at least] Deathstars)
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