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Is this a VIDEO CARD problem?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by helpseeker, Jul 23, 2006.

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  1. helpseeker

    helpseeker Thread Starter

    Jan 12, 2004
    I have a PC running Win98SE, with a ECS Elite Group K7SEM mainboard. There's an integrated on-board AGP function, and an empty 4xAGP slot.

    A while ago I noticed strange happenings, usually when I'm online via Netscape or IE. When I change screens, pieces of the new screen are missing. Rectangular chunks. And where the pieces are missing, I see my desktop. It's like you had a piece of paper with pieces missing and you set it down on the table, and see the table where the pieces are missing. Passing the cursor over the missing pieces causes pieces of the browser screen to re-appear.

    The only way I can stop this is to close the browser completely, and then re-open it. At first I thought it was a browser problem, but I re-installed both browsers, with the same result.

    Is this a video card problem? If so, would installing a better card in the unused AGP slot be the solution?

    If not, any suggestions as to where else to look?
  2. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    It does sound like an issue with the integrated video, if so it can be resolved by adding an AGP video card.

    But since its shared video memory I'd test the memory first: http://www.memtest.org/

    Also open up the case and look at the motherbaord. Is there a fan on the chipset? Or has the heatsink fallen off and its overheating?

    Additionally these boards had an issues with faulty capacitors. Look at the capacitors and see if they bulged up at the top or look like they are leaking any brownish substance.
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