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Old 08-21-2005, 02:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Can video cards slowly go bad?

I have a Compaq from 2000 and like 2 1/2 years ago lines started showing up on the monitor. Like text you be "smeared" full horizontally accross the monitor. Every image is "smeared" accross the screen but everything is legible and all that. And now the image is starting to be tinted different colors. I hooked a different monitor to the machine to make sure it wasnt the monitor and I still had the same problems so that made me think that it is the GFX card going bad. I just wanted to know if GFX cards could slowly go bad or if you think my problem is being caused by something else.

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Old 08-21-2005, 03:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yeah those lines are either the monitor, or video card. Easy to test if it's the monitor

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Old 08-21-2005, 03:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Chris, he already said he tried a different monitor.

Sounds like video card to me. One thing...did you use a different cable? I really don't *think* it would be the problem, and I don't see how it could be, but it's worth checking out anyway, just in case.

Also consider reinstalling the driver, or testing a different OS. Does it look like that before your OS has loaded...such as in the BIOS stage of the boot? Do you have a boot disk you could pop in to just completely confirm beyond any doubt that the video card is causing the problem?
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