Video card/Monitor

By doppleganger
Feb 6, 2007
  1. At times when rebooting my machine instead of getting the Windows XP splash screen I'll get color bars. Is this an indication of bad video card or monitor/connection, drivers, or something else?

    PC Specs:
    Antec P160
    Antec TruePower 550W PSU
    Abit AN8 SLi
    AMD 64 3500+
    CORSAIR (2 x 512MB) DDR 400 (PC 3200)
    eVGA 7800GT
    Maxtor 16MB 250GB HDD SATA150
    Seagate 8MB 250GB HDD SATA150
    Plextor DVD +/-RW SATA
    Hyundai L90D 19" LCD 8ms
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    It's probably the video card. Try replacing it temporarily by running on onboard video( if u have it) for a few days and see if you still get the same problem. If you don't, chances are it's the video card.
  3. doppleganger

    doppleganger TS Rookie Topic Starter

    whats really weird is, its not all the time that it does it, and under normal conditions (once the PC is loaded) everything works fine. Games play great, etc.
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    This could be caused by a marginal video driver too
  5. doppleganger

    doppleganger TS Rookie Topic Starter

    "marginal"?? What does that mean?
  6. orko1978

    orko1978 TS Rookie

    My opinion...

    Software thought: Are you using beta drivers?

    Hardware thought: Take a multi-meter inside...power supply seems unstable.
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    Oh let's see... something that works, but not quite like it should.

    orko1978 thought's are good too.
    You may not know what a multi-meter is, so you could try another power supply, as well as telling us what are video drivers you have installed
  8. doppleganger

    doppleganger TS Rookie Topic Starter

    never hear of "marginal" drivers, haha. Beta...of course; however not used.

    vidoe driver used:

    I'll give the multi-meter a try since swapping the PSU may not be conclusive for the fact that it doesn't happen all the time.
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