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Installed nvidia graphic card now desktop icons + wallpaper go all blurry

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Hello all.
I installed a new nvidia geforce 6200 on my pc but when I install the driver my desktop icons go funny like out of phase. So does the system tray icons and thw wallpaper just goes totally. When I uninstall the nvida 6200 card my on board ati radeon card works perfectly. I have a phonex m/b 3 gig ram p4 prossesor. I went into bios and put agp as my first startup card to disable the onboard card. one thing though when I took the new card out the desktop icons stayed blurry until i went to the ati disply settings 3d and clicked restore factory defults and this fixed it. but cant do it with the new card. please help before I take it back to the shop. Thanks
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by:jamietoner
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after you installed the driver for the 6200 what did you set the resolution to?
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by:divdove
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1280 - 1084 resolution. This is what my monitor can go up to
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by:divdove
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sorry 1280-1024
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by:jamietoner
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If its a flat panel make sure your using the dvi connection(my 19in lcd looks fuzzy on vga without alot of tweaking and all the 6200's ive seen have dvi) if its a flat panel with vga only make sure the refresh rate is turned up usually 75 hertz. if its not a flat panel or you are using the dvi connection next go into the bios with the 6200 installed and see if the bios screen is blurry also, if it does very good chance the video card could be bad.
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by:divdove
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It is a tft monitor I have I tryed the dvi connection and 75 Hz no change. I went to the bios screen and this is perfect. I don't know whats wrong it could be a bad card.
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by:jamietoner
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have you tryed the newest drive from nvidias website? http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp, if so i would test it in knoppix (www.knoppix.org) just boot from the knoppix cd and if its blurry its a bad card, but where its working in the bios good chance it may be a driver or other software issue.
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by:divdove
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Hello.
I did what you said and when I update the driver its worse. It won't let me set the resolution above 640 - 480 or the colour. So I rolled back the driver. Then I tryed the knoppix cd it booted up and everything was perfect. What could it be. when I was in the bios I noticed that I could change from ega/vga to something else. should I try this or is that nothing to do with my problem.
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since its working in knoppix and bios i would say the cards ok. the card should be set to vga, ega is an old standard only supported low resolutions and only 16 colors. If setting to vga and with the newest nvidia driver installed and its still wont let you set it to the higher resolutions i would suggest making sure the integrated video is disabled in bios then doing a repair install of windows to see if that fixes the issue that the os is having with the video driver.
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Great.... The repair install did the trick. I would have looked really daft taking a perfectly good card back to the shop. Thanks a lot jamietoner cheers :)
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