Graphics card or monitor causing trouble?
OK here's the thing. I have Windows XP Home on my newly acquired computer (the machine itself is a few years old) I /just/ got it, so I really don't know much about it, and I'm too lazy to find out just now. You can post to ask me any relevent questions, because I don't really know what is relevent for video things....
Here's my problem. When I booted it yesterday, it has all funnyish colors, the usually green startup bar thinger while it was starting was brown, my start button was bright purple, and everything had a purplish haze to it.
Today when I restated to try to fix the prolem, it got much worse. I now have a red 3/4 circle in the top rihgt corner of my screen, and green in the opposite corner, my start button is now red, my previously silver taskbar is now half green, half silver.
What I am wondering is if the graphics card went all silly while it was being moved around, or if the monitor itself is shot, or if I should just go all the way and replace both. I have already gone through and checked combatibility stuff for my OS and system, and I see that I can do the whole thing for about 150 dollars from newegg, but I'd rather hear someone tell me that there is a solution that won't cost me much money...
Here's what I've tried so far: I've uninstalled and reinstalled the graphics adapter, that didn't do anything, I started in safe mode, which, for a change, didn't help (that has never worked for anything...) and I've opened up the box and checked all teh connections for tightness, all good. These are all ideas I got from other forum posts elsewhere...
Thanks for your help,