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    Is it my video card

    I have recently been receiving error messages from XP Home. Windows has detected and corrected a hardware problem. Please reboot. At the same time my video goes from 1024x768 to basic VGA mode. This has happened 4 times in the past 3 days. When I reboot, things go back to normal (until the next time).
    I am assuming it is my video card going bad. How can I find out what windows thinks it is?
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    Craig

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    Re: Is it my video card

    Have you looked in the System Event Log (and, less likely, in the Application Event Log) for messages around the time the problems occurred? There may be something fairly cryptic which could give a clue or two.

    One way to get into Event Viewer is Start => Control Panel => Administrative Tools => Event Viewer
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

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    Re: Is it my video card

    Might want to remove and reload the Video Card from Device Manager or Update the Drivers, if you don't have the latest, before you replace the card. Drivers might have just become corrupted some how. Also check to make sure the Card is seated good and cables are connected good.

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    Re: Is it my video card

    JohnGray & CowboyDawg,
    Thanks for your posts. Soon after I posted this, the video card went a bit crazy. I took it out and re-seated it again, without benefit. Things started freezing. The card I had in there was getting old. I also noticed the fan wasn't working. So I went out and bought a new card. (GEForce FX5200 128MB). I don't play high end games and the computer is old enough that it is not worth paying $400 for a high end card (this one was $99 at BestBuy).
    What I did notice is that the picture is brighter and there are no shadows going left to right from dialog boxes. Looks like my old IBM G74 monitor is still working well (Damn..I wanted an LCD monitor) <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
    Anyway, thanks for your help.
    Craig

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    Re: Is it my video card

    Craig,
    <hr>(Damn..I wanted an LCD monitor)<hr>
    I'm sure you can convince yourself that getting a nice new graphics card is an excuse for buying an LCD monitor! <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Is it my video card

    Yeah and sence the fan was out on that card, it's a sure sign and wasn't going to work to well.

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