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xp switching from "32 bit" to "8 bit" color just after boot

My Doctors computer, I should be nice to him,  WinXP Pro boots and the desktop comes up in 32 bit color.  Then after 3 or 4 seconds goes black and switches to 8 bit color.  I can change it to 32 bitr no problem.  How can I trace or figure out what is changing it?  I downloaded the latest Video driver from Lenovo but nothing changed.  Something is starting and changing it.
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AccessMaxCommented:
Sounds like the displaydriver is restarting or something like that, check the event log for related messages.

Start -> Run -> eventvwr.msc

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carversAuthor Commented:
Good thought but I looked and there was nothing "nasty" in eventvwr.
Possibility:
I just found something else about MS messenger running in compat mode and changing it.
Some time early in the boot it could be starting  "if it starts" that might happen.
Just spoke with him and MS messenger is starting but he is non techie and I guess I;ll
to go and visit him.
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AccessMaxCommented:
If you suspect that it's a starting program that causes it you could use Autoruns http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx to disable almost everything autostarting, reboot and if the problem is gone restore them one after another to determine which one that is the cause.
 
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orangutangCommented:
Yeah, or send us your AutoRuns log.
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nobusCommented:
you can use msconfig from the run box to disable programs at startup
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carversAuthor Commented:
I got the autoruns log.
See attached
Ms Messenger was not there.
Suffix on the attachment is ARN
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nobusCommented:
what attached??
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carversAuthor Commented:
Well I thought I attached the output of Autoruns.
It was a   .ARN suffix file  which I changed the suffix to .txt.
Zipped it up as bobs.autoruns.zip
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nobusCommented:
nothing to see from my side...
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