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Video Card Help

By jcbalf
Feb 1, 2005
  1. I just want to say that this board has given me some great advice in the past, but this go around I coudln't find anything regarding this situation.

    Here it is. Last week, i went to startup my computer. After going through the Windows XP Screen loading in screen, the monitor goes blank. Normally what would appear is the my log-in screen. I can however get past that by restarting the computer in safe mode.

    I called Dell (not very helpful), and the woman walked me through a bunch of steps and then we concluded to do the Windows XP fix, which took 30 minutes. The problem was fixed, or so I thought.

    Today when I turned the computer on, same problem. This time, I booted in safe mode. After logging on, I disabled the NVIDIA 32MB driver card, the computer wanted to reboot and it booted right up. I went on Dell's website and downloaded the newest driver for my card and installed it. Now everything is working fine, sort of......

    Here are the problems:

    The screen is actually out of place, The right and left are bowed and no matter how I work the settings on the monitor i can't fix that.

    Also when I scroll, let's say in IE, or word, or any program it now scrolls at snails speed.

    Any advice? Is my video card shot? Shoudl I purchase a new one? Is xp and my video card not working together in harmony?

    Thanks
     
  2. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    Video card?

    It could be video drivers causing the problem. Depending on the card, you maybe able to get better drivers elsewhere. I used to get my drivers from dell, but then I found I could get newer drivers direct from the video card manufacturer. Or the problem could be a defective card, which would require a video card replacement. Depending on your video performance needs, you could spend $30-400+ us on a video card.
     
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