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I'm sorry to ask, but i've got a tiny problem

by Lazypirate / March 18, 2005 4:11 AM PST

Hi, i'm trying to find a solution, but i'm not really sure where to go. So i'll ask here, and hope I can find some answers.

The problem i'm having, is that I just assembled a computer a few days ago.

512MB DDR400
VT7 v2.0 motherboard
Samsung DVD+RW
Generic Case w/ 450w power supply

Now, my problem is that my 6600gt vid card came late so I used my friends G4 4600ti until it came. It worked great while I had it (only 2 days), but when I popped my 6600GT in I started having problems.

I'm not sure why, but I have distorted icons and a distorted start menu. The icons and start menu look like they've been scratched from right to left and kinda stretched.

What i'm wondering, because I'm fairly ignorant about some things, is if the motherboard could be the problem? Maybe something to do with the bios not supporting my vid card?

Any help given would be appreciated

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(NT) (NT) Reinstall the video drivers
by Yew / March 18, 2005 5:36 AM PST
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One possibility. Your video card
by Ray Harinec / March 18, 2005 5:37 AM PST

is getting too hot. It obviously consumes considerably more power [creates more heat]. Do you have good airflow through the case?? You need air moving across the the heat sink on the video card heat sink, and if it has a fan you need cool air available to it for it to draw from.

Get the interior air inside the case down to below 92 F and get a lot or air mixing.

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Assuming that you did install the new card...
by Edward ODaniel / March 19, 2005 1:57 AM PST

complete with appropriate drivers have you by any chance selected a "non-standard" resolution".

Check the display's properties and see what resolution is selected because "non-standard" (or wide) resolutions, on a monitor that doesn't support them, will indeed distort and warp the screen's output.

"Standard" monitor resolutions (all have an aspect ratio of 4:3) are:
VGA - 640 X 480
SVGA - 800 X 600
XGA - 1024 X 768 and 1152 X 864
QVGA - 1280 X 1024
SXGA+ - 1400 X 1050
UXGA - 1600 X 1200
QXGA - 2048 X 1536
QSXGA+ - 2800 X 2100
QUXGA - 3200 X 2400

"Non-Standard" resolutions (most have an aspect ratio of either 5:4 or 16:9) are:
WXGA - 1280 X 800
SXGA - 1280 X 1024
WSXGA+ - 1680 X 1050
WUXGA - 1920 X 1200
QSXGA - 2560 X 2048

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