Vertical Bars on my Screen?!

By LunarFlare ยท 4 replies
Sep 8, 2005
  1. Hello guys,

    I've got a problem and I need your help!

    When surfing a month ago, 4 vertical bars appeared on my screen
    ( )! After
    restarting they kept reappearing. At first I
    thought it was a virus, but after downloading Ad Aware and various
    other virusscanners, nothing happened. Finally I bought Norton
    Antivirus 2005 and still it found nothing..
    So, I re-installed windows XP, but to no effect. Then I erased my C
    drive. Nothing happened. Then I erased my other drive with all my
    music, anime and other valuable stuff, but still the bars appeared!
    After completely re-installing my computer the problem had remained!

    But, I've found out that that the bars don't appear as long as I don't
    install the driver of my videocard. Ati Catalyst. But then my internet
    is all slow and crazy and I can't play any games without it. So I
    downloaded the latest driver and various other, but still to no
    effect. So what to do! My computer works just fine, but it really
    sucks if your surfing or watching movies with 4 bars constantly on
    your screen. I'm not a computerexpert, so don't asks me to look inside
    my computer as I've never looked inside one nor know anything about
    how it works. I've had my computer for 2 years and haven't had any
    problems with it before. Does anyone know what the **** is wrong with
    it? Please reply and deliver me of this evil inside my computer!

    Here are my specs and by the way, I've still got warranty, but I'm
    you guys will know what to do and come up with a simple solution!
    Thanks in advance!

    AMD Athlon XP 3000+
    1GB ram
    120 GB
    RADEON 9800 PRO
    128 MB
    Windows XP
  2. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 669

    Looks to me like its time to replace that videocard. If its still under warrantee, that would be my next step.

    PS. Ask for some help before you delete your valuable data next time. You should never be forced to surrender your data.
  3. PFJ

    PFJ TS Enthusiast Posts: 112

    Hi Panix X,

    did it turn out to be your graphics card or monitor? Interested from a technical point.


  4. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 669

    You should probably direct that question to the OP as I don't have this issue.
  5. chirag

    chirag TS Rookie

    LunarFlare...I seem to have the same problem. Can you please tell me what you did to correct the problem.

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