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Computer display jumbled and unreadable

Months ago, the desktop monitor would show up a jumbled, shaky, fuzzy screen upon startup. If we restarted, it would usually clear up. As time went on, it would need to be restarted several times before it would clear up. Now, it won't clear up! The display is jumbled, big blocks of color, shaky, lines through it, fuzzy, just unreadable. Sometimes it blinks on and off, and sometimes after being left on a while, you can hear it's still on, but the screen is blank. Is this a video card problem, or is the computer just shot? It is about 8 years old.

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  • mlfetterman Oct 18, 2008

    The monitor is not 8yrs old, just the computer; the monitor is probably about 3yrs. old- an lcd "Starlogic" For some reason, I don't know why, I don't think it's the monitor?

  • gops_n001 Dec 21, 2008

    Months ago, the desktop monitor would show up a jumbled, shaky, fuzzy screen upon startup. If we restarted, it would usually clear up. As time went on, it would need to be restarted several times before it would clear up. Now, it won't clear up! The display is jumbled, big blocks of color, shaky, lines through it, fuzzy, just unreadable. Sometimes it blinks on and off, and sometimes after being left on a while, you can hear it's still on, but the screen is blank. Is this a video card problem, or is the computer just shot? It is about 8 years old.

  • Fran Bednar
    Fran Bednar May 11, 2010

    Before driving yourself nuts, I would try that monitor on another
    computer or laptop to see if it is the computer or the monitor. Hard to
    answer a question that is this broad scoped.

    IF it's the monitor , Is it a flat screen lcd or an old CRT type ? Model # helps too.



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From what you describe, I'd suspect the Graphics processor, or even the motherboard as a source of the problem if the monitor works on a different system normally (Best way to check the monitor is a known good video source)

If it is the system, and the system is 8 years old, I'd recommend replacing the system rather than attempting to fix it. Trying to fix GOOD parts for an obsolete system is difficult at bst and oftern can be expensive. Often you can find a low end NEW system (One that is like 20 times faster than the failing system) for less than $300

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Start with the simplest (replug/reset cable, degauss, electrical interference) and move incrementally to the hardest (driver issues, motherboard, etc)

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20x20_grey_minus.pngCause This behavior can occur if the signal from the video adapter exceeds the scan range of the new monitor. The video adapter setting for updating the screen (the refresh rate) is incompatible with the monitor. uparrow.gifBack to the top ' Give Feedback 20x20_grey_minus.pngResolution To resolve this behavior, either change the refresh rate, or change the video adapter settings.

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You can set the colors and screen area to your preferences under Display Properties.


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To resolve this behavior, either change the refresh rate, or change the video adapter settings.

To change the refresh rate:
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  2. Right-click the desktop, click Properties, and then click Settings.
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  8. After the computer starts, right-click the desktop, click Properties, and then click Settings.
  9. Click 256 colors, click Apply, and then restart the computer.
  10. After the computer starts, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click System.
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  12. Click Standard Display Adapter (VGA), click Remove, and then click OK.
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  2. Right-click the desktop, click Properties, and then click Settings.
  3. Click Advanced, click Adapter, and then click Adapter Default from the Refresh Rate list.
  4. Click OK, click OK again, and then click Yes to restart the computer in Normal mode.
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To change the refresh rate:

1. Restart the computer, and while it is restarting, press F8 until the Startup menu appears. Press 3, and then press ENTER to start the computer in Safe mode.
2. Right-click the desktop, click Properties, and then click Settings.
3. Click Advanced, click Adapter, and then click Adapter Default from the Refresh Rate list.
4. Click OK, click OK again, and then click Yes to restart the computer in Normal mode.

You can set the colors and screen area to your preferences under Display Properties.


To change the video adapter settings:

1. Restart the computer, and while it is restarting, press F8 until the Startup menu appears. Press 3, and then press ENTER to start the computer in Safe mode.
2. Right-click the desktop, click Properties, and then click Settings.
3. Click Advanced, click Adapter, and then click Change.
4. Click Next, and then click Display a list of all the drivers in a specific location, so you can select the driver you want.
5. Click Next, click Show all hardware, and then click Standard display types under Manufacturers.
6. Click Standard Display Adapter (VGA), and then click Next.
7. Click Yes, click Next, click Finish, and then click Yes to restart the computer.
8. After the computer starts, right-click the desktop, click Properties, and then click Settings.
9. Click 256 colors, click Apply, and then restart the computer.
10. After the computer starts, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click System.
11. Click Device Manager, click View devices by type, and then click Display adapters.
12. Click Standard Display Adapter (VGA), click Remove, and then click OK.
13. Install all updated monitor drivers.

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