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Been running a Viewsonic LCD 720 on my desktop machine with Windows XP Professional for about 5 years with no problems with video card being a ATI Radeon 9800 Pro. Never had a display issue.

Recently the display has been showing 3-4 color panels running vertically with XP running below it. I hadn't made any display setting changes or installed any new drivers or video software (that I know of). Seems to be a bug/virus of some sort. Swapped out the monior with a CRT and the issue remained so I know its not blown pixels or a physical issue with the display.

It has progressively worsened to where I cannot see anything behind these panels and it "smears" into everything else on screen. I can't even see enough to try and download drivers, etc. In the initial stages, when I could see decently, tried system restore in windows to try and restore any old settings but this did not fix the issue. Also tried adjusting the settings on the actual monitor such as ato adjust, etc and this did not fix the issue.

What steps should I take, now that I am essentially blind? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks all!
 
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welcome to TSG,

maybe the graphics card. open the case and make sure it's seated properly.

make a screen shot and feel free to post it ... to rule out issues with the operating system/drivers.
 
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Ehh I have only ever seen 3 things mess up the display on a monitor in such a way.

1) Broken Monitor, you know yours isnt. But I would still try it on another PC just in case.
2) Broken Video card (sucks, i know)
3) Bad RAM.. too many times have I seen god knows what get displayed on a monitor due to bad ram. Download the ISO for memtest (www.memtest.org) burn it, and boot off it to verify your ram.
 
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Take the card out and carefully inspect the Capacitors. Any swellling or leakage?
 
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