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What's wrong with my computer

First time post. I have windows xp, and not really experienced in computers <_<
The computer is having trouble booting up at the start, symptoms include red dotted lines, and blue streaks across the screen vertically. When i get to the Windows logo picture where it loads. it starts freezing and then the screen goes blank suddenly turning the monitor off, yet the computer is still on. I'm able to run the computer through safe mode, but that's as far as i can get. Could this be a graphics card problem? Please help!!!!! -_-

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Yes. You have a very sick VGA card in your computer. Get it replaced. The reason it runs okay in safe mode is because full potent driver and graphics don't load in safe mode to aggravate the card's illness. When the driver fully loads in normal mode, the card freaks out.

Good luck

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