Hi, Went to turn on the computer and the boot up screen had vertical lines on it. When the computer went to desk top the screen just had random pixels all over. Could not make out anything just a complete mess. Started over and got the screen that asked me if I wanted to start in safe mode. Tried to move cursor but keyboard was dead. No mouse either. Started over and was able to get into bios screen that was it. Again the keyboard died. Still had the small vertical lines(distorted pixels) all over. Could not move cursor with arrow keys. I am thinking the motherboard. Help please. Thank you
Unless you have integrated graphics, video would not be affected by motherboard.
I'm thinking video issue... post your specs for us, that'll help with figuring out what's wrong. If you don't know your specs, or where to find them, download Speccy.
my specs: motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard processor: Intel Pentium E2160 Allendale 1.8GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80557E2160 memory: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4 video: XFX PVT98GYDLU GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive OS: windows xp Also the problem just cleared up. I turned the computer on and still had the problem. Let it sit for a few minutes. Turned it back off and back on and everything was normal.
Now it is messing up again. Now sometimes it will boot up and look fine but it will freeze up after a few minutes. Any advice? It also will do the old problem also.
try another video card.
hardware problem in my book, and i'm not right all of the time
if it comes and goes like that...
but first try other things, try the monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc elsewhere.
then check ram and maybe processor before replacing the mobo (if you can)
Here is a possibly stupid question: Have you tried uninstalling , then reinstalling the graphics drivers?
Drivers wouldn't cause post issues. Its too far into the post sequence to do anything on boot.
reseat the RAM?