My original problem began here.
To sum it up, I had some malware causing the puter to lock up certain websites. Problem seemed solved. JSntgRvr did well.
The next morning, after turning the puter on, I had strange lines appearing over and around my desktop icons. Pictures attached.
Doesn't have those in safe mode.
Clips saved on my puter or dvd's have "square dot" arrays in both Real Player, Windows Media and Power DVD.
All web pages look fine. Videos on internet look ok.
It seems to be only objects that I would term Windows objects that are screwed up... ie icons, toolbar buttons.
Running Chkdsk was unreadable with square dots all over the screen.
Saved pics on my puter display fine.
Already reloaded drivers from Dell.
I found that if I change my hardware acceleration to less than full, the lines around the cursor and the problems viewing My Documents go away. If I reduce the acceleration more, the dots on my saved video go away. No idea what that tells me. Not a guru.
OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
System Model Dimension 8300
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9 GenuineIntel ~2992 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Dell Computer Corporation A05, 2/23/2004
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
Time Zone Central Daylight Time
Total Physical Memory 1,024.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 526.12 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 2.40 GB
128MB Radeon 9800 Pro
Edited by cheeta, 23 July 2009 - 08:13 PM.