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Unread 05-12-2011, 08:28 AM   #1
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Tech Support Blue bars flickering randomly on screen

So, I was using my computer this morning and apparently it decided to go nuts for no reason. There's a bunch of horizontal, blue bars flickering on the screen every couple seconds. This may be a video card thing, I guess, but I haven't found anything about it.

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nVidia GeForce 8600 GT on a Philips 190VW 19" monitor

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Unread 05-12-2011, 08:35 AM   #2
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Check your video cable is secured properly.
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I had and now I did it again. Didn't do a thing.
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has the computer been exposed to extreme temperatures, like heat or cold?
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Nope. Was fine last night.
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Next step: Remove, reseat video card.

If it works, it was dusty.

If this doesn't resolve it, try and swap to either onboard video, or swap in another video card.

If this works, it's the video card.

if it doesn't work, it's the Monitor.
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Unread 05-12-2011, 09:22 AM   #7
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Well, I switched to onboard video...And it kept doing it. Guess something's going on with the monitor. Thanks.
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Could be the cable dying as well, worth testing if you can swap it out somehow.
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Okay, so:

I apparently hadn't actually switched it to onboard video.

It's not happening anymore, though. At least if it happens it's not an issue. I'll keep testing and may end up buying a new video card if that's the problem.

Edit: I thought it could be the cable and then my brother goes and says "No, not the cable, I already swapped it once." which was, uh, a year ago.

Edit2: Tried my mom's TV/Monitor thing. Still happening. Going to check if I have another cable. Also: Holy fuck, 22" this is fucking huge.

Edit3: For whatever reason it seems to be happening much less than this morning. I'm guessing it's the cable.

Edit4: And it seems to only happen when there's a lot of black/gray on the screen.

Edit5: First, apparently, the cable's adapter was one of the problems. And the videoboard seems to have some...Problematic capacitators.

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