I find them with dried up heat sink compound and BAD CAPS (see google.)
But these machines would FRY without much provocation so they are banned from being accepted for service. At least you have two ideas and YOUR CHOICE to do anything about it.
While I have had this problem for a while, in the last few weeks it has gotten to the point where my pc (desktop) has become useless. That is, I'm only able to get it to stay on for 10 min-1 hr with no software at all running.
It's hard to describe the odd screen, but the best description is that of wallpaper with vertical lines....the color of which changes depending what window happens to be open at a given time. The only way to get rid of it is to press in on the power button to fully shut down my pc.
My desktop is pretty old. I got it in 2003 (I will include the specifics of my system below).
I was told the problem may be my video card, but I am not sure if this is the problem or not, and would appreciate any suggestions. I cannot really afford to replace the video card only to find that that was not the problem.
I do have a picture of the problem, but I don't think I can post a picture along with this post?
Thanks in advance!
Operating System: Windows XP Professional
Processor: AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 3000+, MMX, 3DNow, ~1.8GHz
Memory: 480MB RAM
Card name: SiS Mirage Graphics
DAC type: Internal
Display Memory: 32.0 MB <span id="INSERTION_MARKER">