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    Question Fuzzy Video on my SFF PC

    Hi, I bought a SFF computer at a local computer store for around $250. It has a 2ghz celeron and 1gb ddr ram. I noticed that when the computer is running if I look closely on the screen (about 6" from it) at any resolution it appears like its "dancing." I was testing it on a 21" Sun Microsystems monitor (Not sure which model) with a VGA Input. I get no such problem with any other computer. And I also get the problem on a Dell 17" monitor. I do not get this issure during post or in the BIOS, but it starts as soon as the Windows XP boot logo appears on screen.

    Its not a big deal, but If i use this as a car pc, I don't want it to look like crap. It has a SIS 651 video chipset that uses 64mb of the system ram.

    My question is two parts:

    1.) How can i tell if this is a software or hardware issue?
    2.) If i use a 7" 800*480 (this pc easily supports it) LCD would it be easily noticable on the LCD?

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    1. make sure you have the latest drivers from the manufacturer of the video card. / Also try different refresh rates.

    2. The smaller LCDs are more supcepticle to picture instability (in my experience) so it will be more noticeable

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    Well i tried the change the refresh rate but it only supports 60hz at 800*480. Other resolutions didnt make a noticable differnce either. The drivers are the most current.

    I wish i could capture an image of the problem, its really hard to describe. One of my friends with 20/40 vision says he can only barely see it from a foot away. I guess I'll just have to test it on an lcd when i buy one.
    I tested it by playing the matrix on dvd, and it didnt appear noticable during that, oh well.

    Thansk for the suggestiosn guys.

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    You say the computer store is local, so why not bring it back to them and either get a new one or at least see what they have to say. You could also ask them to demo the hardware in-store for you so you could see if the same thing is happening.

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    I think I'll try that. They have a dell optiplex gx520, with 512mb ddr2 and a slighly faster processor (it was less too)... i might try to trade it in.. i added a dvd rom. OH, btw with some googling i found the manufactured, but the product itself is devoid of any labels, etc. linky: http://www.littlepc.com/products_p4littlepc_401X.htm
    It looks exactly like it.

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    Sorry its been a while, I've been extreemly busy. I took the SFF pc back and got a Dell Optiplex gx520, its still fairly small, but it was cheaper, and the best part is its 64-bit capable and has ddr2 ram. No video issues. The store was very understanding and could see the video issues as well on thier screens. Thanks for the help guys

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