|Hi guys hope all is well.|
My question you can find at the end of this message. But first, just a few details.
I've been having a heck of a time with my computer since early this year. Basically the monitor has a real serious issue with flickering and distortion on the screen.
It was only mildly annoying in the beginning. But very sporadic- some days so bad I could barely read a document while others almost entirely unnoticeable (I liked those days). But over the months it has been getting progressively worse on average.
Sometimes I would fiddle with the hrz and hardware acceleration in Display settings and that would fix it temporarily. Until just a few days ago when I tried that with the hardware acceleration again- the whole screen went black with just a few grey bars strung vertically across the screen (like prison bars). All I could do was manually shut it down from the case. And it's been like that ever since.
When the computer starts up I get this weird, crazy code and colors and pretty much everything goes blank as soon as the Windows login would appear.
I have to go into safe mode just to be able to see well enough to do anything, but there's still a lot of grain and static.
Originally I was wondering if it could be a virus, but another tech support site pretty much ruled that out.
I don't think it's the monitor itself, because I tried replacing it with another working monitor and it did the exact same thing.
I noticed I only got the distortion when connecting in monitor port 1. If I switched it to the second monitor port- no problem for that one.
So I'm thinking it's gotta be something inside the computer. Something hardware related. Either the connection port or the video card. But I don't know where to begin to confirm that.
Early on, I was suspecting this screensaver I had downloaded and installed. I thought it might have messed something up because the problem started shortly after that. Is this possible?
After exhausting many other options, I am now desperate enough to consider reformating the whole thing. But if this really is a hardware issue then that probably won't fix it will it...
Sorry, I know I'm all over the place- this one's got a lot of history to it so feel free to ask for whatever information you need.
Basically I just would like to pinpoint what the cause could be and, if possible, how I could fix it? I'm in the middle of a major project so I need to get this working on at least a basic level.
No one else has been able to help me with this thing so if anyone here is willing to take a crack at it or offer any ideas or suggestions... I would truly be grateful. Thanks to everyone.