Have a 2005 Compaq Desktop computer with P4 processor running Windows XP PRO. I am a fulltime RV'er currently spending the winter in Florida. I have encountered a problem which occurs when the computer is off for several days when we travel. When turning the computer on after it has been off, I get distorted graphics at the post and windows welcome screen, consisting of black vertical bars and "smears" when the mouse is moved. The first time this happened, I was able to eventually get it to operate correctly after repeated re-boots. Now I have returned after being away five days and the problem has reoccurred, only this time the computer freezes at the Compaq welcome screen, and only a portion of the graphic is visible behind the garbage running on the screen. I am not able to get into Windows, Safe Mode, or access anything using F1, F2, F8 or F10 commands. I have checked and cleaned CPU fan, etc. I do NOT have the original Windows disk as Compaq only provides a "reinstall drivers" CD. Is this a hardware problem or a software problem? Any input is greatly appreciated!
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this sounds like it could be a hardware problem with the video card.
which compaq computer is it. I would like to look up the specs on it.
in the mean time
the first thing I would do is to determine for sure if its the computer or the …
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I am fairly skilled at software issues, but dumb as a stump as to hardware/internals (I wouldn't know a video card if it bit me). I have no monitor to test, but the options menu integrated into the monitor will come up and is normal in appearance.
There's a clue. When …
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