Hey guys, I went and made a boneheaded mistake and now my video card is all screwed up.
Before I start, let it be known that I am not a super computer smarty. I read and study about this stuff on a daily basis, yet still manage to screw my computer up from time to time. So, feel free to laugh and stuff.
I was going through a site with a list of task list programs (trying to make my computer run faster and all) where I read that two items, hkcmd and igfxtray were related to intel chipset hotkey functions and were thus okay to disable from windows startup (via msconfig) So I did. Suddenly my screen got these horrible lines going through it, big black boxes, verticle collums, etc.
I have an ATI radeon 9800 pro graphics card and a 845g/ge/gl/gv/pe intel chipset on the motherboard, also running windows xp home edition. I have put the startup folder back the way it was, reinstalled the drivers for the radeon and the chipset, gone into safe mode and uninstalled the drivers and then reinstalled them, switched monitors, reinstalled the driver for the monitor, etc. all to no avail. As far as I can tell it's not a problem with the monitor or the chipset.
I've gone to several help forums and the only solution I can find is that maybe I somehow fried the memory on the graphics card, but I don't see how. All I did was disable two programs from startup, you'd think if I put them back everthing would be cool. I don't see why I should have to buy a whole new card becasue of this.
And so, before I blew my face off with a shotgun, I thought I'd ask you guys if you could help. Here is a pic of what my screen looks like:
see the horizontal lines? It's driving me crazy. Any help anyone could give would be great, shit, I'll pay you.