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Filmstrips My mom is having a problem with her Dell Dimension 4600 computer. When she boots it up, the monitor display has lines and what she tells me looks like 'filmstrips' of different colors that sometimes move and sometimes do not. They are pretty much blocking the view of everything on the desktop. We troubleshooted the monitor on two other computers and the monitor works fine. Can anyone tell me what this issue is? Is this a video card thing or what?? Thanks a lot for any assistance you can provide!

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Re: filmstrips

Sounds like a corrupted video driver.
Have her do a system restore.
Then get an updated driver off Dells Support pages..

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