When I'm Word for an extended period of time, or a graphics-heavy page (i.e. Facebook), my screen's image breaks up with a number of red lines. It's like that scene in Matrix when the screen goes all green, except in this case it's red. Now, I can still see the images on the screen, but it's just heavily distorted.
I'm not really sure what the problem could be, other than maybe my screen or computer in general is just getting old. Ideas?
- As wmatistic suggested, try a known good monitor. That inlcudes hooking up your TV via s-video cable. If the problem exsists on more than one monitor, you're looking at a possible video card problem. If possible the very next time it happens leave it be and hook up another monitor (taking out the other one). IS the problem still there?
Other assorted questions....
- When did the problem start?
- Does you computer have any diags you can run?
- How does the problem go away? Through a hard shutdown?
- Has it EVER happened outside of windows (like on boot)?
- Can you still work during this?
- Have you tried removing items form the startup enviroment (msconfig?)
- Does it happen in the SAFE MODE (I LOVE SAFE MODE W/ NETWORKING) WITH NETWORKING.
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If you have an LCD monitor, it is possible that the cable is not fully connected. This sounds like what happens on my work PC when the cable is a little loose - I get a very distorted picture (seems like some pins are connecting but not all).
I would guess you have an LCD screen with a DVI connection and it is kind of loose. Check both ends of the cable - Video card end and Monitor end.
If you have a VGA cable option on both sides, try that to see if it clears up the issue. If you can't notice the difference, just switch to VGA if it fixes it.
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