OK, I’m having graphics, display or monitor issues and I’m not sure what to do next. This system was just custom built for me this past Feb. so anything wrong can and will be fixed. We are having a hard time finding the problem, so I figured I’d ask here. The problem is that sometimes images, icons and graphics are replaced by this funny looking color pattern. I don’t really know how to explain. At first I noticed it happening to icons or graphics within programs like Microsoft Word 2007. Then it started replacing my desktop image with the same color pattern, but not the desktop icons. My first thought was that there is something wrong with the graphics card which I have not been able to rule out at this point. I also noticed that this color graphics pattern would show up when the system would get warm, so I thought maybe it was the power supply. So I upgraded from a 300 watt to a 500 watt power supply but I’m still having the same issue. I have also noticed that if the pc is left on overnight, in sleep/standby mode, it will happen sometime later the next day, like that night. I’m thinking it could be the graphics card overheating. Or maybe there’s something else wrong with the graphics card. I also think maybe it could be a software issue which I have no idea where to start with finding and fixing that problem. Anyway, I know this is a lot to read, but if anybody has any idea’s that could be helpful, I’d love to hear them. Thanks.
Update: We replaced the graphics card with a new upgrade to the one that was in here, but the problem has not stopped. The old card was Radeon HD 4350 and we just upgraded to the Radeon HD 4650. I have also noticed that images load slow compared to what they use to. Any idea's?
I included an image of what it does when it replaces my desktop image. I hope you can see it.
• OS Windows XP 32 bit system with service pack 3
• AMD Phenom 9650 Quad-core 2.4Ghz processor
• 3.25 GB of RAM (from 2, 2GB cards)
• ASUS M3A78 Motherboard
• ATi Radeon HD 4650 Graphics card 512 MB
• Realtek Ethernet
• Seagate 500 GB hard drive
• VIA High Definition Audio VT1708B
• 500 Watt power supply
• LG Flatron 22” LCD monitor
• Microsoft USB Wireless Mouse and Keyboard
• LG Multi DVD ROM drive
Programs most used;
• Photoshop CS3
• Microsoft Word 2007
• Mozilla Firefox
• Windows Media Player 11
• AVG 8.5