Computer Acting Strange - Any Advice?

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Contractor with Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 CSL#642819

My computer is doing some odd things the last week, I need your help if you know what this may be.

It doesn't happen all the time, but at some point while on for a while the screen will flash off and on. The screen will become messed up: things missing, blank windows, and such. Usually I can get it to shut down if I click in between flashing screens. Sometimes I have to unplug the tower.

I ran anti-virus software but the flashing will start before the scan can finish. I also noticed that when the computer boots up. Some of the DOS characters will be a different color (ie. a purple "f" on a black and white screen. I noticed in the set up that some words were misspelled. Here is one example to the right.

I recorded the flashing with my phone to show what i see once it starts. this has never happened to me before. But I do remember what I was doing when it first started. I was editing the Closed Caption to a video on YouTube. It started when I shared info with YouTube from the editing software.

 

So I'm not sure if it is

  • a virus
  • bad monitor
  • video driver problem
  • compatibility issue

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

Here is the video of the flashing monitor.

 

 

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Kristine Ginsberg
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Tom - have you tried hitting it with a sledgehammer -don't because when I did, it didn't work out to well!

July 12, 2011 08:18 AM
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Tom - I can tell you that with all the computer issues I have had of late that I might have been the one to experience something unusual for a computer but I have never seen anything like this. But back-up. I would normally say set the clock back to the last good day but this is an interference.

Do you have another computer? If so, Google or YouTube it. I find amazing answers on videos of some of the geeks out there. Or, it is time to take it in to the computer repair. They will probably pull the motherboard and state there is a short. Something is touching something it shouldn't.

July 12, 2011 11:53 AM
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Kirsten - The geeks may be needed here.

Peg - I have a Dell, will check safe mode. Boy you know computers!

Pacita - Planned obsolencence, you may have a point. I have a new laptop, but so much is on the desktop.

RR - Back ups are good, thanks.

Toni - Tried unplugging and rebooting.

Kristine - Great, the one thing that I'm capable of doing is not a good idea?

Ken - Like the Google / YouTube idea, will give it a shot. Thanks.

July 12, 2011 10:25 PM
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Tom, I was typing as my husband was spouting gobbledegook! I don't know nuttin' 'bout no computers! He's in IT so he made some suggestions. I hope you can get it fixed! :D

I'm more of the Kristine school of computer fixes...

July 13, 2011 01:56 AM
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Love your honesty Peg.  :)

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