video issues durring bootup

September 8, 2009 at 15:04:50
Specs: Windows XP media center edition
i did a reboot on my computer just to clear out any memory leaks like i do daily, however today something happened.

it boots fine, no problems what soever, until i login to my windows account. i select the account, login, and it looks fine for a second. then, after about 3 seconds, my video goes wavy. the best way to describe it is the most prodominate color of my background mixed with black, then streaked across my computers screen.

my computer has no option to boot to safe mode that i can find (f2 opens bios config, f11 opens my choice to boot from cd, floppy, or hd) so i cant really try to boot it that way to see if it's a software issue. has anyone experianced something similar to this or know for sure if it's software or hardware problems?

basic comp specs (as i'm typing this from my work laptop).
windows xp media center sp2
geforce 7300 gs
2gb ram

boot up programs:
everest system information
nod32 anti-virus
audio and video drivers and control software
logitech drivers for g15 keyboard and g5 mouse

trying to find out tomorrow if i need to pick up a new vid card, or if it's a software issue that i'll have to fix.

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September 8, 2009 at 15:48:55
Boo tup holding or toggling F8, select Safemode from the Menu. Post back here with results.

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.

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September 8, 2009 at 15:53:11
tried, f8 doesn't work, f2 and f11 are the only 2 that do anything and neither give me a way to boot into safe mode.

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September 8, 2009 at 15:59:47
Tap the F8 key every second or two during the boot. It should work, but if for some strange reason it doesn't, try holding down the 'ctrl' key. That works on some systems.

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September 8, 2009 at 16:15:31
neither f8 nor the control thing worked. i've only ever been able to boot into safe mode by doing thru the msconfig, which if i could do, i wouldnt be at a loss for what to try. i have however tried to restore last known working bios settings, and still nothing.

i did notice that it always works UNTIL my anti-virus's splash shows up, however that could just be a random happening since it's the first thing to pop up.

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September 8, 2009 at 16:50:27
Ignoring the 'can't boot up in safe mode', I would say the other problem is probably a graphics adapter problem. Re-seating is probably worth a try. And checking for a loose monitor connector is another thing to look at. I guess a monitor problem is also a possibility.

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September 8, 2009 at 17:32:24
the reason i'm thinking it may be software related though is it boots just fine, every time, and i let it sit on the login screen for bout 30 min without it screwing up, but the sec i login to any of the accts, it crashes. and before the reboot i noticed that gameguard (a program that one of my games uses as anti-cheat) was having a little issue with it crashing, something it didnt do till today. combined with a few other odd things i noticed it's just got me thinking maybe virus... but i cant confirm it till i get into safe mode where i can prevent everything from loading.

also, after talking with a friend who works as a computer tech she said it sounded alot like a security corruption issue that windows patched a few months back... except i've got auto update turned off because it was causing me problems with it randomly rebooting to "apply" the patches. all in all she's pretty sure that's the problem, and since i cant even get it to boot from the OS cd, i'm fairly certain it's screwed.

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September 8, 2009 at 18:46:54
I think you have more than one problem. If I were in your shoes, I would do a repair Install. But I don't know if you have that option.

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September 8, 2009 at 21:27:22
remove Graphic card and try booing if you have onboard vga if not try with other grahic card, you should be getting display then put back your Geforce 7300 gs
before that pl clean RAM and RAM slot

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September 8, 2009 at 21:36:48

Your graphics card/chip is actually two chips in one. The part of the chip that is used in the POST screens at start up doesn't require any drivers and is not OS dependent.

The second part does require drivers and can fail without the first part failing. I have simplified this explanation, but you get the point.

Try re-seating if a card.

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