Either way, while researching how to get rid of these viruses and seeing if any registry keys needed to be deleted, etc, I was browsing on the internet in forums and out of nowhere my screen started showing red squares all over it. Here are example screen shots of what it looks like.
(The 2nd picture with the black background is interesting because I can see clearly that all the red squares are actually moving just a tiny bit. They are not completely stationary.)
I was thinking I would have to format because the virus I had was friggin horrible. But I was looking to see if there was a way to not format. Upon seeing these red squares appear I freaked, shut down, and used WipeDrive to format the hard drive using a Department of Defense format method. LoL I wanted it gone for good. I was hoping after the format that the red squares would go away figuring they wouldn't. I reformatted and installed Windows XP NTFS again hoping that this would help but the screenshots you see are after the format with a fresh install of XP. -=/
I see these red squares from the second that I start up the computer all the way through to the windows GUI, and even if I go into (F2) CMOS setup. The funny thing is that I tried to install my video cards drivers and after doing so my computer would boot up looking the same (with red squares all over) but after the windows loading logo/almost to the welcome screen the screen the monitor would turn to black. The computer would stay on though. After a few restarts my computer would actually load to the windows GUI, but in the biggest resolution ever and the video is all multicolored. I believe it says that I am running a 4 or 6 bit resolution at that time. SO I rebooted in safe mode, took the video card drivers back off and now I can boot to the windows GUI again but ofcourse it's still messed up. So. . . when I use the default video drivers installed with XP my monitor still displays the red squares all over, but yet I can go in and change the screen resolution (currently running 1280x1024. Is my onboard (motherboard) video messed up?
What do you guys think? Is it the video card? Is it the monitor? Onboard video instead of video card? Is it leftovers from the virus I had somehow? I've done a full system scan with every virus scanner known to man after the format by the way and it didn't find anything. Whatever it is, if it is a hardware problem. . .
I heard people saying something about flushing the PRAM or something weird like that. Anything I can try/workaround before just starting to replace hardware? If you know better correct me please! But I read that it's possible that the video card overheated and fried itself. If that's the case, is my power supply's fan okay or is it not pulling it's weight either?
I'll stop reading too much into it and wait for the experts to answer. I pose a lot of questions in here. Just kinda thinking while typing. I've got a lot of questions but hoping someone can decode this and give me a pointed answer. Thanks guys so much for any help you can offer as I have never had this happen to me before. -=)
Info about my video card:
Chip Type: GeForce 6800
DAC Type: Integrated RAMDAC
Memory Size: 256 MB
Bios Information: Version 5.41.02.17.25
Edited by sirdanceal0t, 24 September 2009 - 07:27 AM.