display driver failure?

September 13, 2008 at 19:10:41
Specs: xp pro 32, amd athlon X2 4200+ /2gb
for some unknown reason every once in a while my computer freezes for about 5sec. and then my screen goes crazy, Ive tried reinstalling the driver but it still does it which makes me think that it might be hardware failure....i have 512mb integrated in my "mobo" so its not a memory issue.
here is a pic of what it looks like:


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September 13, 2008 at 19:12:22
sorry...the pic didnt come up.
here's a link:

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September 13, 2008 at 19:43:13
Certainly looks like a video hardware failure. One way to check is to disable the on-board video and install an PCI/PCIe/AGP video card as appropriate.


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September 13, 2008 at 21:26:47
yeah that's kind of what i thought...do you think it would be cheaper to buy another of the same motherboard or a video card?

here's the "mobo":


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September 14, 2008 at 08:31:28
If that is your MBoard it MAY still be under warranty.

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September 14, 2008 at 09:02:11
"i have 512mb integrated in my "mobo" so its not a memory issue."

Your video may be integrated, but the ram is not - it's removable - the mboard shares part of the ram installed with the integrated video.
Therefore, it could very well be a problem with your ram.

If the video is not garbled all the time, that is NOT caused by any driver problem.
In any case, the video drivers do not come into play until Windows is loaded - you should get a normal display while booting before it loads in any case, unless you have a hardware problem, or a problem reading the ram.

A common thing that can happen with ram, even ram that worked fine previously, is the ram has, or has developed, a poor connection in it's slot(s).
This usually happens a long time after the ram was installed, but it can happen with new ram, or after moving the computer case from one place to another, and I've had even new modules that needed to have their contacts cleaned.

See response 2 in this - try cleaning the contacts on the ram modules, and making sure the modules are properly seated:

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September 14, 2008 at 19:17:24
OK.....now im thinking that it is because of my DVD drive, ive noticed it does it every time i use my CD drive.

anyone have an idea why this might be happening?

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