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Trying to play games on my PC and I get flashing bars across my screen

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Trying to play games on my PC and I get flashing bars across my screen. What can i do to stop this?
I am trying to play Americas Army 3 and when I start the game, I get a graphics glitch. It displays horizontal bars across my screen that flash. I still hear the game audio. The same thing happened a while ago when I tried to play Empire: Total War. I have updated my graphics card, which is a Nvidia 7900 GT. I have an AMD 5400 Processor. According to http://www.systemrequirementslab.com, I exceed the recommended requirements for both games. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.

Here are the results of the system test for Americas Army:

CPU Speed

Recommended: 3.0 GHz processor or equivalent
You Have: 2.80 GHz Performance Rated at 8.10 GHz

System RAM

Recommended: 1 GB
You Have: 1022 MB

Operating System

Recommended: English version of Windows® 2000/XP/Vista
You Have: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (Build Service Pack 22600)

Video Card

Recommended: 3-D graphics card with 256mb+ memory and support for hardware transformation and lighting
You Have: NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT/GTO (GeForce 7900 GT/GTO)

Video Card Features - Minimum attributes of your Video Card

Video RAM: Required - 256 MB , You have - 256 MB
Video Card 3D Acceleration: Required - Yes , You have - Yes
Video HW Transform & Lighting: Required - Yes , You have - Yes
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have you installed the latest patch for the game?

Have you tried updating your video drivers?
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