Anyway, the screen (both screens) freezes up, at first by the appearance of random white lines about a half inch long that appear and dissapear, then they remain and the screen freezes, or the screens freeze altogether without the lines. Everytime I try to reboot it after this happens, the shorter it takes for the screens to freeze and the less time I have to trouble shoot with my meager intelligence.
I've tried to trouble shoot through rebooting and windows.
At first I thought it might be a virus in the harddrive so I erased everything and rebooted windows, it still happened. Windows XP said it was a problem with the video card driver, so I went on the Nvidia website, downloaded the updated driver and reinstalled. The white squigglys and the freezing screen still happens with a single screen display and dual display.
I had a friend who is fairly good with PC trouble shooting problems look at it and he rebooted several times and still the same result. He recommended you guys, patron saints of ignorant people with PC problems.
So here I am. The video card (PNY Technologies Quadro FX 1400 128MB PCIe) runs anywhere from $410 at Tiger Direct - $500 at Dell for a new card, so I'm [bleep] up a creek without a paddle. Before I buy a new video card, which Windows seems to be inferring that that is the problem - I just want to ask you experts, is it the video card? Is this a dust issue? I have no f'n clue.
Also, if I buy a new card, is Tiger Direct reputable and reliable?
I sincerely thank you all for your services here on this website.