Computer Freeze, Screen Turns Black For Few Seconds Before Returning To Normal

The past few days my computer would freeze and then the screen would turn black for a few seconds before returning to normal. This happened whil surfing the web. I noticed that the desktop had a couple red and white and green pixel boxes that would appear after this happened. I reformatted my hard drive and reinstalled windows xp. Got the computer running and the video seemed fine. I then installed my nvidia driver for my video card, and once i did that i started to see even more pixels and fonts became slightly distorted. My computer would then freeze worse that before, and it would not return to normal use. I had to uninstall the video card drivers for the time being. Do i need a new video card or could it possibly be a motherboard issue?

Edit: i downloaded xp service pack 2. And now my computer freezes like it did originally. I never installed the nvidia drivers from the cd. I'm not sure if it was included with service pack 2. But i have noticed some distortion of text. The problem is not as bad as when i had installed the drivers liek i mentioned above.

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