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Tony
08-01-2009, 11:54 AM
So, there I was, having a quick game of Spider Solitaire, when without warning, my entire screen changes to a black background with vertical green lines - everythiong else is gone. Nothing I did changed anything, but a reboot has fixed it - for the moment.
I'll be doing the usual searches for driver updates etc., but I wondered if anyone has come across this before, which might help me short-cut the solution. Does it sound like a software or hardware issue?

The monitor is a Dell E228WFP, the video card is a Radeon 4850, and the OS is Vista business, with all the updates.

Any ideas, anyone?

jwil1
08-01-2009, 11:58 AM
Graphics card playing up maybe?

Tony
08-01-2009, 12:01 PM
Graphics card playing up maybe?could be - I'm just downloading the latest Radeon drivers. Of course it may not happen again anyway, so how will I know...

wainuitech
08-01-2009, 12:19 PM
Look in the event log - click start, in the search type in event viewer when it appears click it, under windows logs on the left , expand that - look through system and application logs - if there are any errors they should be showing - if so what do they say ?

pcuser42
08-01-2009, 12:54 PM
When it happens next, try restarting JUST the monitor. This will eliminate the monitor, as it's the easiest to diagnose. :D

I doubt it would be the OS.

pctek
08-01-2009, 03:24 PM
Does it sound like a software or hardware issue?


Hardware.

Tony
08-01-2009, 04:18 PM
When it happens next, try restarting JUST the monitor.Did that - looked exactly the same until I rebooted.

Tony
08-01-2009, 04:20 PM
Look in the event log Didin't show anything of significance. :(

Tony
08-01-2009, 04:53 PM
Methinks it might be a temperature problem. The Catalyst Control Center is reporting a card temperature of 73, but the fan speed is only 9%. :confused: I'll open the box and see what is going on.

Battleneter2
08-01-2009, 05:09 PM
Does sound like a video card issue, however 73C is not overly hot for a 4850C assuming that the reading is a GPU temp. I am fairly sure later versions of the ATI Catalyst control center has a fan slide bar that shows for the 4850.

SolMiester
08-01-2009, 06:56 PM
POS Radeon no doubt...LOL.

And for the ATi guys out there, sorry, but it was too good not to jump on it!

Greven
08-01-2009, 07:00 PM
POS Radeon no doubt...LOL.

And for the ATi guys out there, sorry, but it was too good not to jump on it!

"Jump on it" is not the correct response when you encounter a good card :p

SolMiester
08-01-2009, 07:44 PM
"Jump on it" is not the correct response when you encounter a good card :p

Which dies....something like any number of Radeon experiences i have read about...LOL, hey not a bad card when they work...allegedly

Tony
08-01-2009, 09:16 PM
I just looked in the Catalyst Control Center help, and the implication there is that there is no problem below 110 (!). So while it may still be a graphics card problem, temperature is looking less likely.