Dissolving Picture

  dublincity 19:28 09 Apr 2005

I've refurbished a creaky old PC and run the routine cleaning progs - registry, deleting junk files, de-frag etc.

Occasionally, the pic on the screen just dissolves into sparkling, moving pixels. It's back to ok after a re-start.

I'm sure the monitor is ok - it's fine with the other PC's.

Does anybody know of any particular causes of the dissolving screen?

  woodchip 19:35 09 Apr 2005

there as got to be something still in there run hijack this click here

  jack 20:52 09 Apr 2005

Well something is still there as WC says
Control/Display /Screen saver

Obvious I know- but the best of forget....... there is sooo much to remember.
Failing that reload the O/S
try these thing be fore the ultimate -Reformat

or if this creaky old win 98, there is a routine that will pull the O/S and leave data intact
You will have to reload programs though.

  dublincity 01:20 13 Apr 2005

The dissolving pic still occurs but less often. The PC is a Pentium 2 onto which I installed XP Pro. I have a separate screensaver so I don't think that's the problem.

A new type of freeze-up (with bigger pixel patterns and vertical black lines) now happens occasionally. Between the haze I can see a 'device failure' message with some error number.

I have a gut feeling that it's a low memory situation - maybe made worse by me trying to do too many things at once. Ummm.

  Yoda Knight 08:18 13 Apr 2005

I think your graphics card may be calling it a day

  woodchip 09:17 13 Apr 2005

This is a long shot, if there is a PCI modem pull it out. and test

  jack 10:58 13 Apr 2005

YK may have hit the nail on the head with the suggestion that the graphics may be calling it a dau with the device failure message.
However it may not be the the device per-se but the driver
Upgrading from 98 to XP is a total shift of all devices because of the new file system.
Some older devices have no drivers available for
So check your driver status.
Is for for example the graphics card integrated with the Mo-Bo or a third party device?
In either case is there a Win 2000/XP driver for it?
Compatability is the name of the game.
It is increasing evident these days that 'upgrading' may be a 'fun' thing to do on a see what happens basis.
But for real practical purposes -replace is the order of the day

  dublincity 20:36 13 Apr 2005

Thanks - I'll investigate the graphics card situation.

I couldn't read the error message for sure because of the fuzziness. It was possibly 880 or 881. I googled them and there was something about 'the modem'. I'm using a brand new external modem on this PC.

  dublincity 22:29 13 Apr 2005

Is there any way to test the graphics card? I ran a Pitstop scan a few days ago and was given the following:-

Video - Matrox Graphics Millennium G200 AGP - scored as a 'Winner'

Video 2D
Megapixels per second (MP/sec)

Video Resolution
1024 x 768, 32-bit
800x600, 16-bit

  jack 08:34 14 Apr 2005

If you do not have the Driver for the Matrox Milleniuym- Check the web site
This is a pretty old card possibly no driver for XP.

  dublincity 10:17 14 Apr 2005

OK - Thanks

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