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My Computer displays unknown charaters at Booting Time - POST Check Process, before accessing any secondary storage devices like FDD or HDD.
What could be done to correct it?
Computer Type - Pentium III - 500 Mhz.
It has On-board AGP & Sound. 128 MB - RAM.
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Question by:cadpoint
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by:frache
ID: 7083092
"My Computer displays unknown charaters?" When ?

During boot :
If my opinion you have a problem with your video card ... clean connector with a ink eraser.
Make a try with another video card if you can ...

With Win9x :
Reinstall drivers for your video card and direct X.
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by:1175089
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Check the system for viruses...
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by:StormMajik
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If it is during boot-up, that is during the initial driver loads you could have a corrupted AUTOEXEC.BAT file which will simply display any corruption to the screen.

If this is just prior to windows starting and then disappears it is a slow refresh of the graphics card, you may well find a driver update cures this.

I think the best thing you could do is provide more information.

When did this start, and did any event precede it and some basics like what operating system are you using and at what point does the problem occur?
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by:cadpoint
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Dear Friends,
Please check the Question again...
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Dear Friends,
Please check the Question again...
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by:frache
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Did you try your computer with another video card ?
Please give more details about your problem ...
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StormMajik earned 180 total points
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Sounds like a slow card init, look in the BIOS to make sure your type of card (PCI or AGP) is set to init first. You say on-board AGP - are you overiding the on-board graphics card with another card?
It would be a good time to clear out any old start-up rubbish, especially if you have just upgrade to a new OS like XP, old drivers, refresh utils etc could cause the problem.

BTW: posts are easier to read if you simply add a new comment rather than re-edit your question. :-)

Storm :-)
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by:cadpoint
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Only on-board AGP is there, nothing else.
I have not installed any new devices or OS to my system.
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by:frache
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Your video could be out of order (bad memory on this board). Can you make a try with another video card ?
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