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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Your computer may be getting too hot, it needs a service. Clean your computer of dust, use a vacuum cleaner. Air has to circulate through the CPU cooler as well as the Graphics card. Distorted graphics is a sign of overheating. Also be sure to clean the gold fingered contacts on the graphics card. Do not remove the CPU cooler from the CPU unless you apply fresh thermal interface compound.
Contact a computer technician to perform the service if you are unsure.
At its heart linux is a text based operating system. You enter commands and view output as text. One of the many great things about Ubuntu is that it comes with a graphical user interface as well. Most users prefer the graphical interface to the text interface, and have it start automatically. If your computer is starting in text mode rater than graphical mode, you can simply enter the command 'startx' without the quotes and then press the enter key.
On most computers, that's all there is to it, but on very few computers, you will need proper permissions to start the graphical system. If that is the case on the computer you are using, then use the command 'sudo startx' and then enter your password.
Check your connection at the pc and at the monitor. At worst, your graphics driver may be corrupted or your graphics card may have failed. Try re-installing your graphics driver. If you don't know how to do this, please re-post as a separate issue.
Try rebooting your computer with a disc or discs that came with it. That disc or discs should reinstall windows. If this does not work try getting linux or dos on a cd an try betting from the cd instead of the HDD. If this does not work either then it must your graphics card or HDD. I am leaning more towards graphics card because ussually your computer will give you a blue screen if your hard drive fails.
Solution: I called my DELL laptop company and THEY fixed it remotely. My video card (running Vista which is new to me) needed to be updated even thought my computer was not even a month old! Hallmark Card Studio 2008 Deluxe works fine now! Hurray!
If you are using an STB(r) Velocity 128 video card and have a screen resolution of 800 x 600 or 640 x 480, you may notice this phenomenon. Slowing down the acceleration on your video card may solve this problem: Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, then double-click System Properties. On the Performance tab, click the Graphics button. Select a slower acceleration and click OK. See your Microsoft Windows documentation or online Help for more information.