Puzzling problem?

  Hedontownee 13:01 10 Feb 2008
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I have been having a persistent problem for some time now and cant get to the bottom of it
Problem?
4 vertical lines appear across eqi spaced.
They are about a quarter of inch wide
the lines are "fluttering"
and Of course the computer then crashes??
I have taken the graphics card out and re-seated
I have checked the mouse and keyboard for any problems ..nothing there!!
just in case there may have been a fault there.
OS = XP Home SP2
Graphics card Nvidia GeForce FX 5200 128 mb
Can anyone thing of a possible cause and solution to this please??
Thanks in advance

  johndrew 13:16 10 Feb 2008

Try re-seating your RAM modules.

You could also check all leads to your monitor but it sounds like a memory problem either in the RAM or on your graphics card.

  MAT ALAN 13:19 10 Feb 2008

Graphics card drivers may need updating or your card is faulty...

click here

  Pamy 15:33 10 Feb 2008

Can you try monitor on another computer?

  Hedontownee 05:24 11 Feb 2008

Many thanks to johndrew,MAT ALAN, pamy
for the quick replies.
I have re-seated both graphics card and memory modules.
I have just downloaded and installed the latest nvidia drivers
Hopefully that should do the trick!
Other changes recently
New C Drive (due to failure) and "new" clean XP install
I used to use dual monitors but now use only one
I very much appreciate all advice given
Thanks to all

  Hedontownee 07:35 11 Feb 2008

Sadly its still happening
I will need to look further into this

  johndrew 10:16 11 Feb 2008

If the stripes are like click here then you may get help click here this info says much the same as here click here but this one click here appears to have been cured with a new PSU!!

Another thought. When you had your graphics card out, did you check the fan was clean and free to rotate? If the card was overheating it may cause this problem.

  Hedontownee 11:11 11 Feb 2008

OK johndrew
Thanks for taking the trouble
All this only occurson XP
I run a dual boot here with SUSE 10 Linux on another drive which appears ok
The C drive was replaced this week and XP re-installed successfully
The graphics card doesnt have a fan just a heat sink.
If the prob was component based would'nt it also show on Linux as well
Its all a puzzle
I have to say however that the motherboard is pretty ancient in computer terms dated 2002
and maybe the graphics card is a bit old as well

  Totally-braindead 11:35 11 Feb 2008

When you reinstalled windows did you then reinstall the motherboard drivers? If you didn't and you relied on Windows installing the drivers it could cause this. Windows installs proprietry drivers which will work on all PCs just to get it up and running but is not the same as the ones from the motherboard manufacturers.

When reinstalling windows you must then install the motherboard drivers and then anything else, if you don't do it in this order strange things can sometimes happen.

Even if you're unsure reinstalling them will do no harm. If you don't have the disk for the motherboard drivers go to the motherboard manufacturers website and download them and then burn them to disk for future use.

  Hedontownee 14:33 11 Feb 2008

Hi
Been there
Done that
No difference )-:

  Hedontownee 07:20 15 Feb 2008

Well I've fretted about this for long enough
I tried everything
So I've re-formatted C drive after checking all mechanical parts (components and connections)
I will just have to start from scratch!!!
Its still a puzzle what the problem was.
Thanks to all who offered advise.
All I can say is watch this space???

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