Monitor troubles. Can't see a thing...

Dell Precision 360 workstation
May 28, 2010 at 18:10:36
Specs: Windows XP, Dual PIV 2.8GHz/1gig
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.

My Question:
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.

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May 28, 2010 at 18:59:32
Are you using an onboard video connector or one for a slotted card?


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May 28, 2010 at 19:58:31
Looks like a slotted card type.

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