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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by dom07, May 2, 2010.

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  1. dom07

    dom07 Thread Starter

    May 2, 2010
    Hey, I'm having a problem with my desktop and I've been searching for the solution for quite some time in other forums about desktop problem and I just havent found a problem that is the same as mine.
    What happens is that the computer loads fine until the login screen, but sometimes the desktop just stays black (no mouse pointer or anything) and then the computer resets itself. Other times it will load, but the screen is mostly black with some brightly colored pixels (in a pattern that resembles the wallpaper I have). BUT in this state I can't click on anything, or sometimes even move the mouse pointer. Other times desktop loads fine everything fine and working until it randomly glitches and the whole desktop pixelates, I can still move the mouse but cannot click on anything...
    Ive already reinstalled the latest driver, and the graphics card is less than a year old (nvidia 9800 GT)
    Ive tried a system restore when the problem first arose but it was no use, problem keeps re-occuring. Help would be greatly appreciated, If problem can't be solved, I'm restarting comp from scratch and if that doesnt work...to the repairs it goes. -Thanks.
  2. TekTime


    Sep 21, 2009
    What kind of computer do you have? (make/model)

    Sounds to me like the video card is either overheating, has bad memory, a bad GPU, or is just failing.

    Do you have an onboard video card on your mobo? If so, you should physically remove your 9800 GT (after disabling the hardware in device manager); restart your PC, enable onboard video and see if the problem still exists. If it doesn't, your video card is the culprit.

    If you don't have onboard video, or a different working GPU to swap, please post back with a bit more details for better assistance!
  3. Rich-M


    May 3, 2006
    We need specific information to help answer your question so would you please repost this with appropriate answers to the questions that pertain to your problem, so we can better help you fix your problem quickly.

    Computer: Brand Name & Model #

    Age of system and relevant components if different :

    CPU: Brand, speed

    Ram: Type, amount, speed

    Operating system: Windows 98, 98SE, ME, XP Home, XP Pro, Vista or Other

    Do you run Anti-Virus software: Brand Name, version #, is it up to date?

    For Video or Graphic problems:

    Video Card: Brand Name, type, speed, Chipset, driver version and date

    Video settings: resolution, advanced settings

    For Internet problems:

    Modem: Brand name and date of driver

    Type connection: dial-up, cable, sat/DSL, other

    Browser: IE, Netscape, Firefox, Sea Monkey and version #

    For Network problems:

    LAN or ethernet card(s) or adapters: Brand, # of cards

    Router: Brand name, type

    # machines on network

    Network settings and IP configuration

    Please state your specific problem and when it started

    Did you change anything, install any hardware or software before the problem started?

    List any recently installed software

    List software running in background ie: anti-virus program, mail programs, backup software.

    (Run,msconfig,ok,startup) and what is checked

    Any power disruption or incomplete shutdowns

    Failed Scandisk/chkdsk or defrag attempts

    Use of any “tune-up” utilities, registry utilities, system diagnostics, other third party utility software

    Recent downloaded software

    This information may be of critical importance in locating and correcting the source of your problem. Please note any additional information or detail about the problem that may be of value in our assessment of the problem.

    Thank you.
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