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Marius Fett
03-04-2008, 12:22 PM
I' m having a hige problem with my PC.

Upon startup the screen is pink, green and pretty much every colour under the sun...

It's VERY hard to read anything and the problem will not go away.

We thought we'd sorted it months ago but it's back.

When we log on it says our ATI graphics accelerator is not responding and has been reset or something...

Any advice?

urluckyday
03-04-2008, 04:45 PM
Tried safe mode on start up?

Marius Fett
03-04-2008, 05:28 PM
I'll try that next time I attempt to start the computer.

If I can actually see the safe mode option...

El Sitherino
03-04-2008, 07:40 PM
Is your graphics card integrated or stand-alone? If not-integrated, try using the integrated and re-install the drivers for the card. Also make sure the slots are clean.

urluckyday
03-04-2008, 10:43 PM
Just hold F8 (correct me if I'm wrong) during start up and safe-mode will start...I don't think you have to wait for an option...

Astrotoy7
03-05-2008, 12:56 AM
yes, monitors do that when they arent getting any input.

Have you tinkered with any setting recently?

I had this ages ago, funnily enough, my gfx card had become slightly dislodged in its slot from when I had to move the vase around a bit :p

give safe mode a go > check your drivers > even roll back to an older version to double check.

In XP and vista >pressing F8 does give you a list of options for various safe modes, with networking, command prompt etc.

As Im a finicky type, Id even plug it in on a different monitor(if possible) to fully rule out that its actually the PC thats playing up :)

good luck - let us know of your progress.

mtfbwya

PS-I did find it mildly amusing that "dingdong" is having a huge problem!! Thats exactly the whammy noise that plays in my head, whenever I come across a huge pc problem! lolz..

Ray Jones
03-05-2008, 10:36 AM
We thought we'd sorted it months ago but it's back.What have you done back then to fix it? Maybe you should do just the same again? :p

When you have those colour effects already during the boot screen it is highly unlikely that there is something with the drivers/settings or that safe mode will fix it.

So, first off - check cables. By check I don't mean throw a quick look, check with your hands. Check also on the monitor side, maybe the cable is correctly plugged in on the PC side, but not into the monitor.

Next step - if possible, check that monitor on another computer, or check another monitor on that computer (try to use a different cable too).

Marius Fett
03-05-2008, 02:49 PM
Not exactly sure what I did last time...

But still no luck...

I'll try checking all the cables.

It won't even let me start in Normal Mode any more.

If I try it just restarts the system...

@Astro:

In a minute it'll be less DingDong and more BangBang, as i'm seriously considering taking a hammer to this accursed machine...

Astrotoy7
03-05-2008, 06:41 PM
did you try re-seat the gfx card (ignore if you have integrated gfx!)

as per before > have you done anything different/new installs etc recently??

its times like this Im glad I made a full system backup using acronis > love that proggie

mtfbwya

Negative Sun
03-05-2008, 09:11 PM
its times like this Im glad I made a full system backup using acronis > love that proggie
Astro, if you're not getting paid for all the commercials for amazing proggies you do around here then you're getting ripped off!

Ray Jones
03-06-2008, 07:01 AM
Why would one need a backup due to a screwed graphics adapter/monitor anyway? XD

Marius Fett
03-06-2008, 11:46 AM
I don't really feel comfortable poking around inside the computer.

I'll take it to a shop to get it fixed.

My knowledge of computers stops at KotOR Modding. :lol:

El Sitherino
03-06-2008, 12:02 PM
Why would one need a backup due to a screwed graphics adapter/monitor anyway? XD
People do some crazy **** with computers. What starts out as just plugging a fan cable in turns into purchasing a new motherboard.

Astrotoy7
03-07-2008, 01:48 AM
People do some crazy **** with computers. What starts out as just plugging a fan cable in turns into purchasing a new motherboard.

thank you sithy. Also, nothing is as annoying as an install from the ground up. If you spend alot of time tweaking, its a royal pain to do that again after a reformat following some bungle that has happenned(whether its a bad OS or a bad human that was responsible!)

Unlike Ray, I do not have laser beams that shoot from my eyes that allow me to purvey all that has/can or will transpire betwixt those myriad circuits and 10010101s :)

mtfbwya

Ray Jones
03-07-2008, 03:48 AM
Yes, but as you've said in the other thread new hardware can boink your OS backup so it might be useless in the end (except for the data/files). And a new motherboard (for instance) means enough new hardware, causing you most probably to end up in a reinstall session anyway. Whereas a new monitor or graphics card usually does not require a "reformat" or lasers shooting from the eyes X)

However, to have a good backup strategy at hand can never be wrong or unnecessary. :)

Marius Fett
03-07-2008, 12:56 PM
FIXED!

For now anyway...

Ray Jones
03-07-2008, 01:15 PM
What was it?

Marius Fett
03-07-2008, 03:39 PM
No idea...

I just turned the PC on, let it restart itself aroubd 5000 times and when I came back it was fine!

Astrotoy7
03-08-2008, 01:07 PM
No idea...

I just turned the PC on, let it restart itself aroubd 5000 times and when I came back it was fine!

\o/ Another mystery solved [/not]

anyway, hope it keeps working for you. And if you have important files/proggies etc... plz back them up... doesnt need a swanky backup proggie, even just a usb stick or a few blank discs.

mtfbwya

Marius Fett
03-08-2008, 02:08 PM
Already done... :xp:

Marius Fett
03-09-2008, 10:30 AM
One word...

BUGGER!

It's happened again! :( :(

Looks like it's off to PCWorld!

Astrotoy7
03-10-2008, 02:25 PM
One word...

BUGGER!

It's happened again! :( :(

Looks like it's off to PCWorld!

bugger indeed! :( it will be interesting to hear the diagnosis of these vaunted professionals.. Id really recommend you slowly start learning as much about this stuff as you can be bothered - you'll save yourself a wad of cash in future!!

There are only 3 things need to be a good PC builder/fixer
1. The ability to read. eg. parts research, reviews, tech forums/sites
2. Lego construction skills. Opening up a pc shouldnt be scary. No soldering reqd.
3. Patience. Try your best to be logical. Use a process of elimination to rule out different possible causes. Dont do the most drastic stuff first(reformat etc), before youve had a tinker on other options

one final tip: if you are getting flustered/frustrated....walk away, do something else, sleep on it etc. Its hard to do anything effective or logically without a clear mind ;)

mtfbwya

Marius Fett
03-10-2008, 03:09 PM
I think it would be best to leave it to the people in PCWorld this time.

As I doubt my parents would appreciate me tinkering with the computers internals...

Unless they happen to be out obviously... :xp:

Ray Jones
03-10-2008, 03:39 PM
Did you try another monitor on that computer/another computer on that monitor?

Marius Fett
03-10-2008, 05:58 PM
I haven't got one that would fit.

The connector is a weird one.

Ray Jones
03-10-2008, 06:58 PM
"pix or it didn't happen"

XDDD

urluckyday
03-11-2008, 04:32 PM
While I love PC's and I love messing with them...they have caused me enough frustration to last me for the rest of my life...

But seriously, if you truly are uncomfortable trying to fix it, I'd recommend taking it to a shop...keep in mind that if you don't know the people doing it (or they are actually clean businessmen), you'll pay a ton of money for it...no matter what...don't go for people like Geek Squad or anything like that. I'll bet u already knew that, but I had to make sure...

Marius Fett
03-11-2008, 05:18 PM
Took it to a shop in Town today.

Hopefully it'll be done before long... :)

El Sitherino
03-11-2008, 11:56 PM
Trusting another man with your computer is the same as trusting said man with your girlfriend.

Marius Fett
03-12-2008, 12:51 PM
Well, considering "said mans" car is currently being worked on by my Dad, i'd say we're pretty safe. :p

Astrotoy7
03-16-2008, 09:42 AM
Well, considering "said mans" car is currently being worked on by my Dad, i'd say we're pretty safe. :p

lolz...had to read that one through a couple of times, Ive got this image of your old man working on the pcs dude's girlfriend :p

mtfbwya

Marius Fett
03-16-2008, 01:32 PM
Thanks Astro... Really needed that mental image... :xp:

Negative Sun
03-16-2008, 05:27 PM
Trusting another man with your computer is the same as trusting said man with your girlfriend.
How? Does yours need fixed like? ;)

El Sitherino
03-17-2008, 12:14 AM
Pffft, I take care of my computer.

Ray Jones
03-17-2008, 09:48 AM
And thus of your girlfriend as well.


Mmmmmmm. El Nakety Sith goodness. :p

Astrotoy7
03-17-2008, 11:51 AM
And thus of your girlfriend as well.


Mmmmmmm. El Nakety Sith goodness. :p

the tech forum is not the place for your homoerotic musings Ray ;)

>>@Dingdong(lolz)... let us know how it goes with your pc. Make sure you ask the pcdude what the actual problem was, and ho wyou may prevent it from re-occurring in future.

Also, as sith was indicating, its great to be able to take care of your own stuff. Its not only cool to have the knowledge but also saves you a wad of $$$, which you can put into your build instead.

mtfbwya

Marius Fett
03-17-2008, 02:38 PM
>>@Dingdong(lolz)... let us know how it goes with your pc. Make sure you ask the pcdude what the actual problem was, and ho wyou may prevent it from re-occurring in future.

Also, as sith was indicating, its great to be able to take care of your own stuff. Its not only cool to have the knowledge but also saves you a wad of $$$, which you can put into your build instead.

mtfbwya

I'll be sure to find out what was wrong...

Hoprfully there is a simple way to fix it if it happens again too.

And i'll try and learn to fix these things myself in future.

Also, for me it's not $$$... :xp:

Marius Fett
03-18-2008, 02:21 PM
My Dad just gone to pick it up from the shop...

Looks like Astro was right, the graphics card had come out of place...

If they deleted anything i'm gonna go ballistic though...

Marius Fett
03-19-2008, 12:20 PM
YES!!!!!

My PC is back in action! :D

Q
03-19-2008, 01:03 PM
^^^
I hope it didn't cost very much as you could have easily fixed that yourself for free.

Glad to hear you're back in business, though. :)

Astrotoy7
03-19-2008, 02:50 PM
My Dad just gone to pick it up from the shop...

Looks like Astro was right, the graphics card had come out of place...

If they deleted anything i'm gonna go ballistic though...

damn...I should start charging for my services... NOT!

this is why I advocate DIY! Save cash because it mostly is silly stuff that happens to most users, and they pay way too much(anything > $0 is way too much IMO) for some monkey who learnt his trade from google to fix it! I admittedly am also from the college of google as far as PCing goes(but reqd a Bachelors+Masters for my actual job....if only Healthcare Services accepted google quals..wouldve saved me 8 years of tuition fees!!!...lolz)

Lets hope it stays working urluckyday ;)

mtfbwya

Marius Fett
03-19-2008, 03:38 PM
Well, as this has been solved..

Maybe it's time for Astro to do what all moderators like doing best!

:lock: :xp:

Astrotoy7
03-20-2008, 09:22 AM
no need to lock a thread unless its getting unruly or is in breach of rules etc

Just let it drift away in peace..

besides, you might be back in a cpl of days saying its gone bunk again, like you did before ;) Of course, we hope that doesnt happen!

mtfbwya