Won't boot - garbage on screen

Asus m/b DESKTOP
January 23, 2009 at 00:36:09
Specs: Windows XP, 2 meg
I have a desktop with an Asus P5GDI-VM motherboard. Today when i turned it on I noticed that there were rows of dots running down the screen, that is the motherboard splash screen. Then the next screen which is usually b&w with some text was filled with garbage except for a few random letters (v,w & m).
When it tried to run Windows it had a similar appearance to the startup screen - broken up into dots. After a few seconds a brief message on a blue screen flashed up and then it went back to the beginning of the process, ie rebooted.
The message is so quick I haven't been able to read more than ".... found a problem..." but there is about a quarter of the screen full of text.

any ideas?

thanks in advance


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January 23, 2009 at 10:16:13
Might be a bad graphics card (adapter). If it's a card, remove power and try reseating the card a couple of times.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.

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January 23, 2009 at 12:25:50
To add to what aegis said, it seems this board has onboard video as well as pcie. So if you are using the onboard video and it's cactus, you will be able to get a card for it, if using the other, switch to onboard.
If you are using the pcie one, do as aegis said, also check that monitor cable hasn't worked loose.

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January 23, 2009 at 17:56:08
Failed video card! When I opened up the case the back side of the card where the chip was soldered in was covered with a sticky grey/clear foam, at first I thought a caterpiller or something had crawled in and got fried. But I think maybe it was the clear coating and solder melted.

Cleaned it off but didn't make any difference.

A new card fixed the problem.

Thanks for the help.



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