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Old 06-06-04, 08:28 AM
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Video card and monitor issues

My display has always been really dark to where i have to adjust the gamma and brightness up a fair amount on the software and when the monitor powers down after a few hours it takes almost 5 minutes for it to come back awake after moving the mouse. This has been going on for months now and just today it started giving me these horizontal almost tearing sort of lines across the center of the screen. Sometimes if i have a window open the lines aren't there - but if i close all the windows they make it very difficult to do anything at all.

So obviously something is going bad and needs replaced but is it monitor or video card? I have an old Geforce 2 MX in there and my monitor is just an old 15 inch CRT monitor that was given to me so i'm not even sure on brand or model number.

If i do need to replace the video card what would be something pretty cheap but a step up from the Geforce 2 MX i currently have? I really game very little on the PC anymore so i just want somehting newer that might be bright enough to not have to have my gamma through the roof to use it.
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