turn on pc and get colored lines no desktop

November 22, 2010 at 10:14:18
Specs: Windows 2004
hers the deal;
got a used windows xp media center 2004 and when i attempt to boot it up, all i get on my screen is vertical colored lines, is this my hard drive? or mother board?

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#1
November 22, 2010 at 10:20:10
If this is a desk top I would say video driver ...onboard video ....or video card

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#2
November 22, 2010 at 10:21:40
You are not clear about when you see those vertical lines. Is it OK until XP loads up?

In any case, it would seem to be a graphics resolution/frequency issue, but it would be worthwhile testing with another monitor (not as frequent a problem, but it happens).

Make sure all connections are solid, then tell us if those lines are present during the POST sequence.


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#3
November 22, 2010 at 10:24:09
as soon as i turn it on..

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#4
November 22, 2010 at 11:33:42
At least now we know it is not an XP issue (yet).

• Have you tried another monitor to see if you get the same result?
• Have you checked that the connection pins on the cable are "healthy" and that the connection is solid?
• Does this monitor have settings for selecting resolution/frequency,etc. (only some have this option)?
• Is your graphics on-board or a separate graphics card (already asked by worldlibrary)?
• If a video card, is it firmly seated?

All information that could possibly be pertinent (even some you think might not be) would be helpful.


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#5
November 22, 2010 at 11:47:24
it does it with our other monitor also, and the connection pins are fine, it appears that it is an on board video card, yes my monitor has settings for selecting resolution/frequency,etc., but the monitor i am using right now is the same one i used and when using my windows 2000 as i am now it is fine. thank you so much for your help!

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#6
November 22, 2010 at 12:38:03
Much clearer (save for the "... it appears..." part). That is a rather pertinent piece of info we sure could use.
Just in case, would you have access to a separate video card you could plug in, for a test?

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#7
November 22, 2010 at 12:49:08
At his point I would borrow or find a graphics card .....even a low end one for testing purposes. If a pci card,put it in the top slot.

Oops missed IMpatient's post above


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#8
November 24, 2010 at 07:13:02
are you still in need of help ? Because my pc was doing this for a while untill i realised the problem was one of my RAM sticks wasnt in propley and when i put it in and started it up it was fine again.

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