Unable to startup Windows XP

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September 7, 2009 at 22:49:14
Specs: Windows XP, 512MB RAM
Whenever I start up my computer, it does not go past the welcome screen. It does not even show the welcome screen. It's just a black screen, no matter how long I wait. A few times when I finally managed to get the computer into the desktop, the icons and my wallpaper show wierd pink, green and blue colours which are not supposed to be there.

I am currently using this computer in safe mode with networking.

Please help me.

FYI:
My Graphics Card is Nvidia GeForce 5200FX.

This computer has been in use for about 5 years.


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#1
September 7, 2009 at 23:01:08
First to be sure (don't think so but it is the easiest way) connect to an other monitor. It's not obvious this is the problem of a bad bootsequence but it is still hardware and a wrong voltage on the Monitor Cable can interupt good performance of the PC. (Also check the cable/connector)

Also try to download and RE-INSTALL (DE-install first and RE-Install again) the latest drivers for your Video Card.


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#2
September 7, 2009 at 23:15:52
ill try it thx...

but if its the wrong voltage, how can i turn on the monitor in safe mode? - ill try it anyway..

secondly, how to do i uninstall the drivers?
i do know how to install the drivers though. =O

EDIT:

ok... i took a spare (old & boxy) moniter and tested it... no luck... i also tried reinstalling (uninstalling and installing again) the graphic drivers. this time i was able to start my computer up. but as i written before, wierd colours.

here are the pictures (taken from camera as my computer froze 2 mins later - it always freezes when the wierd colour thingy happens):

Entire Screen

Close Up 1

Close Up 2

Oh.. and sry for bad quality.


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#3
September 8, 2009 at 09:25:56
Try re-seating the graphics card.

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#4
September 8, 2009 at 10:25:19
Is your monitor an LCD type? Were the photos taken in Windows standard mode, or safe mode?

Do you have an add in video card or on board the motherboard type?


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#5
September 10, 2009 at 01:38:41

1. Reinstall the drivers by uninstalling the old ones...maybe update them as well if you don't have the latest.
latest 5200 drivers

2. Failing that, try a different monitor, which you did was the problem identical?

3. Re-seat video card

4. Try a spare video card...hardware may already be faulty...fx5200 agp...so maybe a quick ebay upgrade.

There's more steps if you feel advanced enough too, like maybe making sure the thermal paste on the gpu is good, checking for cracks on the soldering etc etc. Personal story: I found a site just browsing the web about people who have fixed their cards by "cooking" them, my screen went corrupt so I thought the card was scrapped. No harm in throwing it in the oven then...Then guess what happened afterwards it worked again. :) Youtube or google it.

Truth can become lie, but if lies become truth we're in trouble.


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#6
September 11, 2009 at 01:55:53
ok i fixed this problem by reseating the graphics card and reformatting my computer.

but the problem now is that some parts of a game which i play does not display properly... is this because of an "old" graphics card driver?


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