A Graphic Card Problem?

Paprika2040

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Hello everyone. For the past month or so, I have been having a problem with my computer where after it restarts, the display would mess up displaying a lot of rectangles. This generally happens after about 15 minutes once I have turned the computer on. My parents are suggesting that I should probably get a new computer, however, the actual computer does not have virus problems, runs incredibly fast (All of my data is stored on an external hard-drive), and has not given me any problems until recently.

Thankfully, I actually remembered to take a picture of the problem and decided to use this opportunity to determine the answer to this issue:

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Just for a little history, this computer originally comes with Windows Vista software. However, for work purposes, I needed to have Windows 7 installed on my computer. This problem had occurred after this software was installed (like a month or two later).

So basically I am asking (for anyone that has experienced or seen this before), is this a graphics card problem? For the record, I am not really tech savy, so I would really appreciate your guys help! ;)
 

Paprika2040

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The PC is a Windows Vista Home Premium by HP (HP pavilion a1737c). It has 1024MB of memory, a 320GB hard drive, and a 64 X2 Dual Core processor.
 
do two things try and clear the system out may be dust or heat that causing the onboard video chipset to fail.
or drop in a cheep pci video card. now your system has a small and weak power supply so you cant use a high end video card.
http://www.microcenter.com/product/354352/512-P3-1300-LR_NVIDIA_GeForce_8400GS_512MB_DDR3_PCIe_20_x16_Video_Card_512-P3-1300-LR

http://www.microcenter.com/product/396971/GV-N210D3-1GI_Rev30_NVIDIA_GeForce_210_1024MB_DDR3_PCIe_20_x16_Video_Card


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127705

myself with a system from 2006 i would take dad and mom offer of a new pc. a two core g cpu with 4g of ram is going to be a whole lost faster then your old system was. if your close to going to collage a build it your own system can last with good parts 4 or 5 years.