I have a laptop running windows XP, fully patched. The video adapter is an ATI Rage 200M For AMD. The system did have some spyware and adware on it it but no major viruses or malware. I suspected that one of these had been causing the issue but the system is clean and the registry cleaned. Here is what happens. I boot up and the machine comes to the login screen I put in my username and passord. All of this time it is in 32 bit color mode. As the login continues it brings the desktop up and it's still in 32 bit color. Right toward the end of the login/boot process the screen goes black for a second and then comes up ib 8 bit color mode. I can change it back to 32 bit but whenever I reboot the same thing happens again. Any idea on this?