p.s. i posted the above in hardwarezone but thought that i should also get some advices from forumers here who deal with photography and computers at the same time, so can give better advices now.
I'm facing this pink and white dotting problems that arise erratically. at first i thought it is the LCD, so i changed my old 15" compaq into the current 20" widescreen viewsonic VX2025WM. however, the problem persist like this.
this is my specifications.
AMD athlon 64 processor 3200+
Bus(es) ISA AGP PCI USB Firewire/1394 i2c/SMBus
Total memory 1GB DDR-SDRAM
Video adapter Hercules 3D propher 9000Pro Series
Mainboard MSI K8N NEO2-Platinum MS-7025
Integrated Input/Output Ports USB 2.0 x 8 • FireWire (IEEE1394a) x 3 • RJ45 Lan Port x 2
Serial Port x 1, Parallel Port (ECP/EPP/SPP), Floppy Port x 1
Expansion Slots AGP x8 x 1 • PCI x 5
RAID Support RAID 0 • RAID 1 • RAID 0+1 • JBOD Support
Storage Controller Type(s) DMA/ATA-133 (Ultra) x 2, Serial ATA x 4
i wonder how can i verify if it is the graphic card that is faulty. could it be other components? if i change a graphic card, what is a safe bet and what model should i buy? i only used my computer for surfing, dvd, and photo-enhancement. to my limited knowledge, 2D photo-enhancement does not require sophisticated graphic card. so what can i get if i budget below $200?