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    Hi,

    Lately I've been having problems with the display being fuzzy. Sometimes it's just parts of the display--sometimes the entire display. Sometimes I can clear it by refreshing, sometimes I have to restart. I've also had some problems with the display on start-up where the CPU seems to be working but the monitor stays dark.

    I wanted to attach a picture, but the file size exceeds the limit.

    I have Windows XP in a Compaq Presario with a Compaq 5017 display. It's a few years old.

    Any suggestions? Thank you in advance. This is a great place to go for help!

    Mike

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    Try changing the screen resolution in Display Properties (right click on Desktop and select Properties, then Settings).

    Whilst there, click on the Appearance tab and then Effects. Uncheck the second option relating to smoothing screen fonts.

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    OK, Thanks arraknid. I took your suggestion. I'll post if that solved the problem.

    Mike

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    Still having problems. Sometimes scrolling causes it, sometimes that clears it up. Sometimes running the pointer over a fuzzy area improves it.

    I attached a picture I saved into Paint that I hope helps.
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    Sorry Mike, it's impossible to see anything on that pic. Try downloading and installing the latest driver for your graphics card. If that fails to change things, I'd start looking at the monitor itself.

    This gives info on troubleshooting Compaq/HP monitors.

    If you can, try attaching another monitor to see if the same thing happens. It'll at least start to pin down the source of the problem.

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    Thanks. I tried one of the troubleshooting tips on your link. I'll see what that does. Sometimes I go days without a problem. I attached another picture.
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    Still having problems. Hooked up replacement monitor to see what happens.

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    Does that mean the problem is still there with the second monitor? If yes, you should consider replacing the graphics card.

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    Have determined monitor is not the problem.

    There are websites that offer graphics card tests and driver update downloads. Tried one of them, but it wouldn't run. Are there any recommendations?

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    Either replace the graphics card, or get yours tested.

    It seems to have a problem somewhere.
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