Video / Graphic Card Error - Can't Start and Colorful Lines On Screen
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Hey there everyone,
The other night I had to restart my computer while playing a game on Steam because the visuals on my screen warped so that it looked like I was playing an Atari 2600 game. I immediately knew there was a problem as soon as my computer booted up; the motherboard logo showing on screen was botched up. Upon logging into Windows XP I discovered colorful lines streaking across a screen that shrunk in resolution.
I decided to inspect a little more and found out that I could not increase the screen resolution to the standard 1440 x 900 so I settled on 32 bit 1024 x 768 for the moment.
I immediately proceeded to update the drivers for my video card which is an e-GeForce 8800 GTX. After installing the drivers and restarting the computer the colored lines still decorated my monitor.
Next I opened up the Device Manager and discovered that my video card had the error, "This device cannot start. (Code 10)" Under the Driver tab in its properties I saw that it does have its drivers installed.
Figuring that I may have knocked the computer a few times too many I decided to power off and disconnect my computer. After that I opened it up and removed, cleaned and properly inserted and connected the video card back into its proper slot. Upon booting up the computer once more I was not surprised, but disappointed, to see the persistent colorful lines once more.
I then decided to go back into the Device Manager and follow the advice that clicking the Troubleshooting button gave me in the general tab. Only everything that it recommended I already did. The end result I got from the troubleshooter was, "This troubleshooter is unable to solve your problem."
So in a last moment ditch effort to discover something new I checked out the resources tag in the video card properties and found a note saying that "This device isn't using any resources because it has a problem."
I'm out of ideas on what I can do to fix this problem. If anyone can help me I'd be most grateful for your help.
Thanks in advance,