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Coloured And Dotted Lines Across My Screen

Hi, I have got an NVIDIA GeForce 6200 graphics card. Now theres somthing wrong with my graphics card which is causing dotted lines to go across my screen. These lines are are all mixed up rainbow colours and in the bios screen they are just black and white dotted lines. Now I had this problem checked out by my cousin who is a computer technition and he said it was the motherboard that was playing up on me. So my cousin got me a new motherboard but we still had the same problem as before. So my cousin said that there was somthing wrong with my graphics card and told me that I needed to buy a new one. But Im guessing that maybe my graphics card is over heating. Because the problem happens only during the hot wheather, but during winter I didn't get the lines across my screen. But now that summer is returning here in australia and the wheather is getting hot, Iv gotten the lines across my screen again! Also when I try to instal the driver for my graphics card it starts installing to 50 percent, then my computer restarts and it comes up with send error report, somthing wrong with NVIDIA Graphics Card or somthing like that. What do you think the problem is with my graphics card?

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  • James Dewys Dec 16, 2006

    What do I do if there are lines across my screen when Im running my computer in safe mode? (which you said indicates a faulty graphics card... and why did you say hopfully???)

  • imfrustrated Nov 21, 2007

    First the lines were horizontal and now they are vertical too. I re-formated and re-installed Windows XP but problem is still there. Messed around with the settings on the monitor too but to no avail. I can't even set up my internet connection because I can't read the instructions. Must be a video card problem. I'll have to find someone to take it to to get a fix. Live in Hooterville, no one available, have to trek to a major city and probably have to leave it somewhere. Yuck!

  • tridenator May 28, 2008

    hello good people, i need your help, in my 6200 i have the same problem, but isn't drivers
    can i reset bios of this card, o make a flash??

    sorry for my english, and thankyou

  • lacky360 Oct 23, 2008

    yep same thing but I have ati card. Small collections of black horizontal lines on screen. Seems erratic and occurs more when using P2P software for some reason. Some screens seem fine. Graphics look a bit odd though!

  • star2717 May 10, 2009

    I have the same problem with an ATI card, sometimes display only has1 or 2 small lines, other times nothing can be read as the screen is so pixelated. have tried reinstalling drivers, unistallind printer, system says drivers are working properly.


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Firstly, start your pc in safe mode (f8) on boot up. This will start your pc in vga mode, and hopefully the lines are still there, which will indicate a faulty graphics card, if they aren't it may be a problem driver. If no lines, go to Add/remove programmes and uninstal your graphics driver. Re boot pc then when it finds your card make sure you point Windows to the folder in which you have saved the driver files. The driver should then install, see if any change. You may have to try some older drivers, as Nvidia can be awkward at times. I have had varying problems with Nvidia and replaced with ATI cards with no problems.

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  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2006

    You can also click on Start, then Run and type in 'dxdiag' without quotes and let windows do a diagnostic video test.



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Turn on ur pc while lifting ur gpu slightly and hold it up this could be a connectivity problem:)

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Installed the same card, bright lights that change to mouldy old films sort then vertical pink and green bands.

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Sounds like a Driver Conflict.
Still have the old 5200 drivers in there?

Did you install the drivers for the 6200, BEFORE you physically put the graphics card in? (Not shouting)

Let's say you did remove the 5200 drivers, before you installed the 6200 graphics card.

If you physically install the 6200 graphics card, BEFORE you have installed the drivers, Windows 'sees' a new device, and hurries up to match one of it's generic drivers.
(Windows has thousands of drivers!)

Now you come along, and install THE drivers for the 6200. Windows has a drivers conflict.
Windows: "Which drivers do I use? These, or THESE?"

Makes for a garbled graphics display as you've described.

If the above is true, start over.
Go to Add/Remove Programs, and Remove the Nvidia software. All of it that has Nvidia next to it.
(THIS, is provided of course, that the computer HAS Integrated Graphics, and does not just use a graphics card. You will be plugging the monitor, into the VGA port in the I/O area, on the back of the computer temporarily, if this is true, and this computer has Integrated Graphics)

(Start>Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs) If there is more than one Nvidia program listed, Do No restart the computer each time you remove one. Do Not restart. Read on)

After all Nvidia software has been removed, close Add/Remove Programs, close Control Panel, and return to the desktop screen.
Shut the computer down normally. (Start>Turn Off Computer>Shut Down)

Unplug the computer from power.
Press the Power On button in, and hold it in. Hold it in for a count of 5 seconds. (Count, 1001,..1002,..1003,..1004,..1005) Let go of the Power On button. Do this procedure Two more times.

What you are doing is clearing any CMOS Error Codes, and resetting BIOS back to the factory default settings.

Open the case. TOUCH the metal frame of the case to relieve your body of Static electricity. Remove the 6200 card. Plug the monitor into the back of the computer into the VGA port. Leave the case open, you'll be going back in there.

Plug the computer into power. WAIT 1 minute, then turn it on. After Windows has fully loaded, install the GeForce 6200 drivers from that CD disk. Do Not restart.
Shut down normally.

Unplug from power. Touch that metal frame again. Install the GeForce 6200 card. Close the case. Plug the monitor into the GeForce 6200. (You did plug the monitor into the 6200 the first time, right, and not the VGA port?)

Plug the computer back into power. WAIT 1 minute. Turn the computer on. Go to Start>Nvidia>Nvidia control panel, and set the settings.

Colored dotted lines across the screen

If you understand the components of a computer pretty well, open the case and remove and reseat the graphics card into the slot.

Does it seem to only do it after so long, for example turn the computer of for a few hours, and it wont happen when its first turned on, but then a few moments later it starts after its warmed up?
If this does not resolve the issue, you may be experiencing graphic artifacts which can occur when a gpu is overheating due to a poor cooler. Check to make sure the heatsink is touching the gpu.

Artifacts: http://www.playtool.com/pages/artifacts/badgpu.jpg

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