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Black vertical lines & looks like safe mode when XP is loading

When I power up, Windows XP appears to be starting just fine. After about 2 minutes as various programs launch, my screen turns into a psychedelic-looking screen with large pixels in primary colors (similar to safe mode) with wide black vertical lines across the entire screen. An alert box pops up, but I cannot read what it says because of the picture being so bad.

I don't think it's the video card because it looks fine when the computer initially boots. Could it be a driver gone bad?

Any ideas?
Thanks!

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    everytime I turn on computer there are lines across the screen and when update video card it works for a little bit then messes up again

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Ur video card heats to much, so check if the fan in ur video card is working, if ur video card didn't have a fan try to install one

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