I'm currently using an alternate monitor, but it's so old from 1996 that I cannot tell if what I see is simply decieving me on this one. A lot of things look weird on this one for example. Like when I open mozilla or certain windows the screen shakes. & I know it has nothing to do with my problem. I know it's probably the fact that this one is so old. I brought it up from the basement so I cannot be sure what to believe on it. I could swear I seen the exact flicker twice but like I said I could be wrong because this CRT is so old.
Back to my original monitor, well I looked and made sure every cable is secure on my original monitor and it is. So what I'm going to do is use the one I'm using to test from the basement for a couple of hours to see if I see the flickers [the one I am currently using]. If nothing arises I will attach the orginal CRT that I always use [The one that is problematic].
This video card is fairly new, it's a Radeon 9550 I purchased brand new at a local computer shop about 9 months ago. I opened up my system today and made sure all of the power supply cables and everything in my computer is cleaned and fastened properly. & of course it is since I do a monthly maintanance on my pc using a can of compressed air.
I hope this is not related to the new sound card I installed a few days ago. It's a very expensive sound card which cost me $250. It's used for professional recording purposed. Such as recording music or sound for movies or radio. It's not a normal sound card like the one I had in it's place before which was a Soundblaster Audigy SE [normal average $40 sound card]. I can tell you one thing for sure, and that's the fact that when I installed this new sound card there were issues with the drivers and installing the pci card made my computer freeze at the xp logo boot up screen. Which rendered my pc useless unless I uninstalled the card physically and booted up. I had to download a newer version of the drivers for it to work. I wonder if this is a driver issue related to my sound card. Maybe something is conflicting with other drivers on my pc or something because the sound card drivers probably have bugs in them. I don't know this is probably a far fetched guess.
I put just about $2500 into this computer and I'm not prepared to lose it. It's fully customized and completely see through with an acrylic case. I have so much important data and expensive hardware in here. I will lose my mind if something happens to it. I need to know what is going on so I can resolve the issue. Otherwise if one thing leads to another and my pc dies... I WILL LOSE MY MIND!!!
There are two things that I know for sure are crap in my setup and that's:
1. A generic "Deer" brand 450 watt power supply unit [which I hear make noises once a month - I was told these are ball bearing noises when the fan has dust stuck in it - which I than clean or the noise goes away by itself within 2 mins - The noise only happens upon boot up]
2. The second thing I assume would be bad is that I still own a CRT monitor. The one I use all the time [the one I started this thread about] is from 1996. I didn't even notice that until I took it down and looked at the manufacturing date on the back. I guess maybe it is the monitor dying or something. The monitor I brought up from the basement to test which I'm using now is from 1996 as well. What a coincidence. They're not the same brand though, and the good one I use is HP.
Can someone please give me more advice?
Edited by superstar, 13 May 2007 - 11:12 AM.