Monitor blinks and causes the PC to freeze

Agptek Nvidia geforce fx5500 fx 5500 256...
September 19, 2009 at 02:10:02
Specs: Windows XP
Hi,

Whenever I try to play a video the monitor starts to blink at an alarming rate and it switches on and off too. On occasion, the PC will freeze. The only way to get it to work again is to push the restart button. The odd part is that watching videos online isn't affected. They work fine.
Any idea whether it's a virus related issue or graphics card?
The graphics card is only over a year old, it's a nVidia GeForce FX5500 256 MB.
I was using Norton Internet Security 2009 and it didn't detect any threats. I switched to Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 and it detected 2 viruses which were cleaned up, yet the issue remains.
I'd appreciate any help whatsoever.
Thank you,
Nadine.

Note: I'm not an advanced user. I'm only 15 so I'll probably require some instructions.


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#1
September 19, 2009 at 03:07:49
go to device manager and check for yellow markers related to the graphics card or the monitor

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#2
September 19, 2009 at 05:31:37
I've already done that and just checked again. Nothing wrong there. Any other ideas?

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#3
September 19, 2009 at 08:30:53
me down

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#4
September 28, 2009 at 07:24:16
hi nadine, same thing happens to me here. i have the same video card and symptoms are the same as yours. but what happened to me was first, i noticed some discoloration on the monitor like the mouse pointer turns red and my browser tabs turn blue and then black. then it worsens to the blinking state until it never turns back on. but im sure the pc is working coz the sounds are playing well, its just that i cant see whats going on.

also there would be some instances where it would freeze like what you've experienced. Yes the only solution would be restarting the pc by force but in addition, it would not start in some cases and would give 1 long beep followed by 2 short beeps. So that gives me the conclusion that the problem is on the video card.

So what i did to check this was to remove the video card and connect the monitor directly to the motherboard slot. im still observing if it would show the same symptoms as before.

PS: this problem occurred to me while watching video from the internet. unlike what you said that video streaming doesn't affect yours but still, same video related case.


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#5
September 28, 2009 at 11:27:48
hey, run your own thread

ask the question here

copy and paste the above post

tnx

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