eMachine monitor display vertical stripes

Emachines T6412
January 6, 2010 at 13:44:40
Specs: Windows XP
I cannot get my computer to stay functioning for more than 5 minutes before my screen fills with vertical stripes.
First it was spaced out 2-5hrs,
Then 1-2 hrs
Last night went to 45min-1hr
Down to 15min
Now it boots to black screen
Also when booting in safe mode(or trying to) I get vertical white stripes almost immediately.
Im thinkin its the ATi Radeon Express 200
Yes, I know this computer is a Dinosaur, I just want to retrieve the data, wipe it, install new card(if thats it), and then use the case to rebuild-but I am wanting to make sure what the immediate issue might be before I proceed. Any ideas?

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January 6, 2010 at 15:04:19
Could be a Video card issue but more likely the monitor is going bad. Do you have another monitor or an HD TV set. Hook one of those up and see if you continue to have the same problem.

Oh, I would not buy a new video card for the computer because if your thinking of upgrading then you will need to get a PCI EXP card because your old AGP card will not work in new computers.

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January 6, 2010 at 16:03:36
Nope its a brand new monitor, and I cleaned it out cause it was due for one, reassembled the case, plugged back in and the thing wont even power on-the light flashes but nothing goes on Im just fed up I think I will trash it, minus the hard drive, Thanks for the feedback though

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