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Black screen of death with weird blue symbols

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  1. knowhowcomputers

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    Has anyone seen anything like attached photos? Done multiple google searches and nothing useful has turned up.

    The computer is a XP x86 system with onboard graphics, motherboard has already been replaced. Don't know where to turn next.

    Any help much appreciated.
     

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    Howdy,

    This is what you get when you start it up......with the new MB?.....what did the other MB do when you started it up same??
     
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    Well both the old motherboard and the new motherboard have the same issue. The system will be used (light office use) and will suddenly lock up with weird black screen at random points. There is no pattern to it really.
     
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    Did you replace the Memory aswell....or did you use the memory from the old MB?

    Are you using the intergrated Graphics card on the new MB?
     
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    only the motherboard was replaced. memory was as you said taken from the old machine. yep using integrated graphics too.
     
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    What amount of Memory does the PC have and is it one or two sticks?
     
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    1GB DDR2, one stick.
     
  8. Megabite

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    Have you tried a different monitor as a test

    Do you have any other Memory you can use

    You can run a memtest on that memory but you will need to burn an ISO image to CD.......and restart the PC with the disk in the CD drive and have it set to boot from CD-Rom

    http://www.memtest86.com/download.html
     
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    Just to understand...the only things the same in the new MB are Memory and CPU..correct?

    and did you reinstall the Operating System on the new MB?
     
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    we've yet to try a different monitor, or run a memory test. Plan to do this when the machine is next available. Just wondered if anyone had seen something like this before. Thanks for your input so far :).
     
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    no reinstallation required, system simply booted back up. reinstalled drivers and left it at that.
     
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    Did you reinstall the Operating System on the new MB?

    I would first suspect Memory.......and once you have checked another monitor...then CPU is all that is left
     
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    Ok will check memory and monitor before reporting back. Thanks for your help Megabite.
     
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