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Old 12-21-2008, 05:45 PM   #1
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Default Just built a PC and man,I have issues, help!

I just built a PC for my parents with the basics, AMD 2.6, Asus board with integrated graphics, 2 gigs of RAM and a 500 GB HD.

Got it all hooked up, installed XP, everything good so far but I adjusted the screen to my normal "1024x768".

The screen looks stretch bad and when i went online to test it, the screen gets "waves" in it when I scroll down a page. I have never had this happen. What is up? Could the integrated graphics be the problem?
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Old 12-21-2008, 05:47 PM   #2
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Have you installed the drivers from the CD that came with the motherboard?
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Old 12-21-2008, 05:51 PM   #3
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Default Re: Just built a PC and man,I have issues, help!

Have you installed the graphics card drivers?

Once you install those you will have no problem.
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Old 12-21-2008, 06:08 PM   #4
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Default Re: Just built a PC and man,I have issues, help!

OMG I am an idiot. Thanks guys, i will do that and see what happens.

OK, I installed the drivers and the screen does not mess up but still looks stretched.

Also, after the 3 Driver installs, the PC restarted and i went into DOS where it prompted me to "make disk for Bios menu". I could not do this becasue I have no floppy so i just ejected the deik and restarted into Windows until all the drivers were installed.

Will this be a problwem no having the Bios menu on floppy?

Also, how can I fix this stretched screen other than going down to 800x600 whichis just not good at all, too big.

Thanks for all the help!
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You really don't need to create a "disk for Bios menu". That's just a bootable floppy used for recovery purposes.

Have you tried upping the screen refresh rate to something like 70Hz or higher?
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:02 PM   #6
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How is that done?

Found the refresh rate, 70 made it worse and the screen blinks alot.
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Default Re: Just built a PC and man,I have issues, help!

Sometimes, after I reinstall the graphics card drivers, I have to resize the screen manually with the buttons actually on the screen.

Is this a CRT or an LCD? It's normal for a CRT to flicker at 60Hz, you could increase the refresh rate a bit. I have my CRT at 85Hz.
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It is a 19" LCD.

It is not real bad, just alot worse than the PC that was installed before, with the same monitor, but that PC had a graphics card installed.
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What motherboard is it? The onboard graphics chip may not naturally support wide screen resolutions or it may just need a newer version of drivers.
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Old 12-21-2008, 08:10 PM   #10
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Asus M2A-VM

it has the Radeon Express 1250

Got any suggestions for a cheap video card that would work?

All that will be done on this PC is some DVD/CD ripping & burning and browsing the net and maybe some word processing. games will rarely if ever be played.
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