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    How can I know for sure....

    if the problem I'm having with my computer is the monitor or the hard drive?

    After the computer has been on for awhile all of a sudden the screen freezes. Before I can get it up again (pardon the pun) first I have to prevent it from going into "Safe Mode" by answering a prompt. Then I get something about the adapter cannot handle these display settings and the screen is in 640x480 size when I usually have it 1024x768. And the icons on the desktoip are huge.

    Then I turn off the computer for a few seconds or minutes and it comes up fine. I set my screen settings (size and color) and everything's cool until the next time and I go thru the same aforementioned process.

    The reason I bring the monitor into the equation is that I do notice faint lines across the screen and during the process mentioned above you can see during the boot up that some of the lettering appear to run/drip. Like when paint drips from a wall for example.

    And the reason I believe it's the monitor and not the hard drive is that I've checked for spyware and viruses. And I've optimized the drive, run Norton Disk Doctor etc. And this still happens.

    I just don't want to purchase a new monitor and the problem is the hard drive. Conversely, I don't want to get a new hard drive and the problem is the monitor. Though in this scenario (hard drive problem) I'd probably just buy a new computer.

    The only new software I've added recently is ULead. I don't think it's that.

    Thanks!

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    After writing the original post in this thread (8:56 PM EST) my computer froze about 15 minutes afterward.

    I just shut down immediately and waited 5 minutes. Turned her back on and it came up as if nothing had happened.

    No prompts on how to boot up (safe mode etc...) and the screen size/resolution came up as always.

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    I guess my thoughts would be..

    1. How old is your video card?
    2. Does your PC have sufficient cooling?
    3. Have you tried updating your video drivers?
    4. Does your video card have a fan built in/on?

    Although you may have issues with your monitor, this issue would appear to be a video card issue, IMO, based on your not changing anything recently.
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    It's very unlikely that it's the monitor. When you describe the screen freezing, that pretty much rules out the monitor. I'd check the video card. If it's an actual card, pull it out, clean the connector, and reseat it. If it's integrated onto the main board you can't do that.

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    That's a tough one.

    Sounds like it could be a fan issue.

    Try taking the side off and just taking a fan and having in blow on the brains. We had some issues at work with a PC and that did the trick until we could get the fan replaced.

    Sounds like you tried some software issues, but.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeL
    If it's an actual card, pull it out, clean the connector, and reseat it. If it's integrated onto the main board you can't do that.
    Just turn the power off first.....and touch some metal around or something before you grab the card....we generate a lot of electricity.

    We use a pencil eraser and some canned air to clean our connectors at work....as per or Phone Support dudes...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yerfdog
    I guess my thoughts would be..

    1. How old is your video card?
    2. Does your PC have sufficient cooling?
    3. Have you tried updating your video drivers?
    4. Does your video card have a fan built in/on?

    Although you may have issues with your monitor, this issue would appear to be a video card issue, IMO, based on your not changing anything recently.
    1) Video card is the original one. I've never replaced it. Bought this computer in July 2000.

    2) Yes.

    3)Have never tried (must remember how to do so ) updating video drivers.

    4) Don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeL
    It's very unlikely that it's the monitor. When you describe the screen freezing, that pretty much rules out the monitor. I'd check the video card. If it's an actual card, pull it out, clean the connector, and reseat it. If it's integrated onto the main board you can't do that.
    I have no clue if it's seated or not. Shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy
    That's a tough one.

    Sounds like it could be a fan issue.

    Try taking the side off and just taking a fan and having in blow on the brains. We had some issues at work with a PC and that did the trick until we could get the fan replaced.

    Sounds like you tried some software issues, but.......
    Blew some compressed air into the fans for now.

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    Do you have a brand and model number?
    I swear, it's like I'm playin' cards with my brother's kids or somethin'. You nerve-wrackin' sons-a-bitches.

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    Toss another video card in there, but remove the one you have first, drivers and all. My first thought was the video card. BTW, FWIW, I'm A+, but so are a lot of people who don't know what they are doing. I am nearly positive it is a vid card, vid ram, or even a ram issue, if some of the video ram is shared. Get a new card, or if you want, mess with the drivers. The second place I would look is the CPU, updating bios, or the above mentioned heating issues. For a shortcut, go to www.windowsupdate.com and see if it mentions an update to your driver on the hardware updates.

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    Dude - Just go out and buy a Dell!
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    OK, I downloaded and installed a new (updated) video driver.

    Let's see if this fixes anything.

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    1st rebalance the muffler bearings...

    Reseat the video card... take it our clean the contacts and put it back in. Looks like you cleaned it and got a new driver. If the problem stays you might find a program like PC Doctor to test your hardware out... sounds mostly like a video card think but it could be a motherboard going south as well... hope not.
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