Video problem?

By rblair
Feb 21, 2007
  1. This is a two-part question.

    Recently, my display has been acting up. When I power up, the first screen
    which shows the Bios make and CPU info has a few red and blue square-
    shaped patches and some of the information is garbled with DOS extended
    characters. When Windows loads my desktop, there are several horizontal dotted lines which go from side to side. The display gets worse when I open
    a folder. Patchy rectangular areas of color are mirrored on the screen.
    Then these patchy areas go away when I close the window that seemed
    to cause them. Then my mouse pointer developes two lines that look like vertical slots that are attached to the pointer. I've never seen anything
    like this before. However, all of my software is functioning just fine as is
    the computer. I suspect the video card or the bios. I recently took the
    card out and put it back in and changed some settings in the bios setup, although I restored the defaults. I swapped monitors and I still had the same problem.

    Assuming there is hope, I would like to purchase a new video card but I've
    had trouble locating one for my system. I am running Windows 98 first edition
    on a Pentium II with an old Matsonic mobo with an AMIBIOS from 1999.

    Any thoughts or insight will be appreciated.
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    It is definitely the video card. Get a cheap, new one like this MX4000.
  3. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Yea it sounds like the card is going out. Maybe the memory who knows.

    Does your motherboard have an AGP slot? either way you can get a cheap video card for practically nothing. Maybe a riva tnt2 or mx400 or an oldie like that.

    EDIT: I missed the post by RAGE.
  4. rblair

    rblair TS Rookie Topic Starter


    I'm going to give that mx400 a try. If it doesn't solve the problem
    I can always use it to upgrade my son's computer, and, yes,
    we both have AGP slots.
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Anytime. Just let us know if it works or not.
  6. rblair

    rblair TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It works!

    You were right. It was the video card. Now I have a working computer
    and better quality graphics for only pennies. I had to install the driver
    manually (the setup program on the CD did not work with my version
    of Windows, the first edition).

    Thanks again
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Anytime. We're always here to help. :)
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