Severe screen lag
Posted 06 November 2008 - 08:25 PM
Posted 06 November 2008 - 08:37 PM
Posted 06 November 2008 - 09:00 PM
I reinstalled Windows XP from the lame DVD that came with the (Dell) PC (i.e. not a full fledged Windows XP disc, such as one purchases at the store, but rather one that reads "For Distribution Only With a New Dell PC). I manually installed drivers for the video card, the modem and the lcd screen. I have not manually installed any other drivers, so if any are there they were autoinstalled, though the Windows DVD read "This DVD is not for reinstallation of programs or drivers", so I doubt that it autoinstalled. I reinstalled XP because on boot up my computer had a "missing or corrupt hal.dll". I could only boot from disc, by running the boot.ini.
Thanks, let me know if you need anymore information.
Posted 06 November 2008 - 09:58 PM
Whether using a "real" Windows DVD or the Dell DVD, you'll need to install all of your drivers. It is very likely that a missing driver, or a driver installed in the incorrect order could cause this problem. This Article from the Dell Solution Network (Knowledge Base) explains the order you need to install drivers, which ones you need, and where to get them from. Simply click the blue plus (+) sign next to the appropriate topic. Here's a quick rundown, in order:
- Desktop System Software (DSS)
- Video Adapter
- Network Interface Card (NIC)
- Audio Adapter
Edited by The Admiral, 06 November 2008 - 09:59 PM.
Posted 06 November 2008 - 10:18 PM
Posted 07 November 2008 - 01:26 AM
Also, please reset your monitor to factory defaults. I'm pretty confident that the problem isn't the monitor itself since it seems to be application specific. Let's put it back to factory settings to avoid any problems in the future.
Posted 07 November 2008 - 01:10 PM
"think i may have bad news for ya. i had that happen not too long ago. and it also lagged on textures in games. was real blotchy. and it was my hard drive taking out. there must be some windows virus floating around that is killing drives. we have had alot on here and have had alot on yahoos help chat and tech chat on aol. so only advice i got is back up important data. other possibilitys is ram bad or overheating. or a virus causing lag on the computer. but if you dont really have much lag opening programs then that rules them too out. see when you visit a site it downloads the page to your temp internet files then when you scroll it access's data. well your harddrive is not processing data correctly or ram cpu. but i bet its that hard drive. so locate restore disks, and back up data. you can get the restore disks online through your pc manufacture website."
That's from here if you want to read it.
Anyway, thanks again.
Posted 07 November 2008 - 06:13 PM
Posted 08 November 2008 - 12:14 AM
Posted 08 November 2008 - 08:58 PM
Turn on the computer, and start tapping the <F12> key. Arrow down to Boot to Utility Partition and press Enter, and it should get you into the Utility Partition, which is a gray window on a blue screen. Select Test System if that is an option, then Custom Test, then find the Hard Drives section. Click the (+) sign next to Hard Drives, then the (+) sign next to your hard drive. Don't worry, there will only be one. Then click on the name of your hard drive again so it is highlighted, and press the Run Tests button in the bottom left corner. This will take a while, but you'll need to sit at your laptop the whole time and watch for any error codes. Please write down any errors you do find and post them back up here.
Edited by The Admiral, 08 November 2008 - 08:58 PM.
Posted 09 November 2008 - 03:15 AM
Posted 11 November 2008 - 04:02 PM
I had to manually install it, it turned out the "extract" option from the cd-rom was not functioning properly.
Anyway, thanks again.
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