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Computer screen graphics are distorted

My computer is sluggish, but the worst of it is when I'm online, the graphics and some text is distorted and unreadable. It seems the pixels are greatly exaggerated, plus the computer will sometimes freeze up. I know it's an old computer [Dell Dimension XPS R400].

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Re: Computer screen graphics are distorted

It may be a corrupt driver, if you are running xp then go to my computer, right click>properties>hardware>device manager and look down list for graphics adapter. Click on the '+' sign select your graphics adapter and right click and delete. Restart your pc and and xp will find your graphics again and automatically install the drivers. Also check you have no spyware if it is sluggish and clear all your temp files and internet cookies. Use this free programme to give your system a clean out, it's excellent for finding unused system files and registry entries. click on this link and go to the top right side of page and click on download latest version.

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Hello and thank you for using FixYa Top 3 things that could be causing the problem.
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  2. The video cable is bad
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Try swapping out monitor with a known good one if you have a spare or purchase an new (If this is not the issue most store will allow you to return them, ask your local retailer)
If you are still having the distortion replace the video cable that plugs from your computer to the monitor (If you end up buying a new monitor it will come with a cable)
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So it would be cheaper to buy a video card If your computer was purchased before 2005 it should have an AGP graphics slot looks like the on in this picture
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If you are encountering any kind of visible distortion on your computer monitor, there are a couple of things that I would suggest.

First, if you have a cathode ray tube (CRT) monitor, you may want to try manually degaussing the monitor. Whenever a CRT monitor is in use, it slowly builds up a magnetic charge that can interfere with its operation. Degaussing then, is the process by which CRT devices rid themselves of this excess magnetic charge. This is normally done whenever a monitor is first turned on, but many monitors will also have either a button on the front control panel you can press or an option in the main menu to perform a manual degauss.

In many cases, the degauss option will be marked with a horseshoe or magnet-shaped picture. Once you've selected this function, you may notice a metallic-sounding "twang" noise, followed by one or two "clicking" noises as the image on the screen is reset. Keep in mind that images on the screen may appear to vibrate and color may distort for a few seconds after you do so, but this is a normal part of the degaussing process. The screen should return to normal after a few seconds.

Second, interference can also be caused by placing your computer speakers too close to the monitor. Many speakers will produce a magnetic field of their own, which only adds to the magnetic field generated by your monitor. In this case, repositioning your computer speakers should help minimize the problem.

If degaussing fails (or you don't have a CRT monitor), you may wish to then test the cable connections to your computer. In some instances, simply replacing your monitor cable will resolve these types of problems.

You may also be encountering a problem where your monitor is simply set on the incorrect refresh rate. If the refresh rate is not correctly set, a monitor may display a "wavy" image or appear as if lines are periodically scrolling across the screen. Without knowing the exact make and model of your monitor however, I would not be able to provide any suggestions on how to change this setting - you would need to contact the manufacturer or refer to your owner's manual for specific instructions.

The worst case scenario would be if you are encountering an actual hardware failure. Both the video card and monitor can cause images to be distorted if they are not functioning properly, and even power supplies have been known to cause other components to sporadically malfunction. If you are unsure how to perform a hardware diagnostic, I would strongly suggest speaking with your local computer repair technician or a Geek Squad® agent at your local Best Buy™ store for further assistance.

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