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Adam Burns
Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2003 - 9:14 am:   

AMD Athlon XP 1800
MSI KT4 Ultra Motherboard
512 MB 333 Mhz RAM
ATI made Radeon 9500 PRO
Western Digital Special Edition 80 GB hard drive (special edition has 8mb instead of 2mb cache)
350 Watt power supply
Supra 56k modem
Kingston (I think) 10/100 NIC
Toshiba DVD-ROM drive
Windows XP Home Edition

Shortly after the computer starts, the pixels on the screen will begin to distort. Not that the sceen loses focus, but rather the pixels no longer are the colors they are supposed to be, and there is often also a sortof animated distortion present. This gets worse, until you cannot even use the computer. It doesent really seem to effect the rest of hte computer much, it seems relatively isolated to the display.
This must be a hardware issue because, it got steadily worse over time, it will sometimes occur while I am booting, or while I am running a DOS prompt and such. I have also downloaded all the upgrades to the BIOS, video card, and motherboard that I can, with no improvement. The main thing is, I just finished buying all this stuff in my computer, and I don't want to go haphazardly buying more stuff to try and fix the problem, I need a way to isolate it. I am going to run a third-party testing program tonight to see if it can pinpoint any failures. Please let me know if you guys have any troubleshooting tips or other information.
Posted on Friday, April 11, 2003 - 8:15 am:   

I have a 9700 that required additional power from the power supply. Wondering is the 9500 also power hungry and require the extra power input.

Other than that I would try to borrow another video card to try. Some computer stores will lend you one for a deposit.

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