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Pci-e Slot Appears Broken


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#1 erikdjs

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 04:18 AM

My PCI-E Slot appears to be broken... Please keep in mind I am not super tech savvy.

EDIT: My Computer is a HP a1640n. Here's a link: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/product...ng=en&cc=us

Some details:

1. Computer worked fine for a year with Vid Card installed unitl just recently - after moving apartments.

2. Computer turns on / Vid Card turns on / Vid Card Fan turns on - No picture on Monitor.

3. After removing video card, and switching to on-board graphics - Monitor picture returns.

4. Confirmed video card is still working on alternate PC.

5. Installed alternate video card to main PC - Lose the monitor picture again.


Is it possible for an expansion slot to be broken on its own? Is there any way to fix this problem without having to replace the motherboard?

Edited by erikdjs, 15 February 2008 - 04:26 AM.


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Posted 15 February 2008 - 09:45 AM

Is it possible for an expansion slot to be broken on its own?

Absolutely. It's happened to me though it's kind of rare. Try cleaning the contacts on the slot as well as the card, then reseat.
Could just be minor corrosion build up. If it still doesn't work in that slot but does in another available slot on the same pc, chances are it's bad.

Is there any way to fix this problem without having to replace the motherboard?

Too much trouble for me. :thumbsup:
If one slot's gone, how far behind are the others?
I eventually just chucked the board.

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 01:10 PM

Thanks for the response. What would you suggest using to clean the slot contacts?

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 01:48 AM

^ looking for more information on possible solutions to this problem. Thx!

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 08:16 AM

Generally, a pencil eraser is used to attempt to remove corrosion from PCI card contacts, http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=c...ins+with+eraser

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 08:47 AM

Thanks for the response. What would you suggest using to clean the slot contacts?

Do you live near a Radio Shack?
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Posted 16 February 2008 - 02:13 PM

Yes, I have a Radio Shack near by...

I also have an office depot near by (for pencils!) lol.

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 02:21 PM

Yes, I have a Radio Shack near by...

I also have an office depot near by (for pencils!) lol.

The link is for Contact Cleaner
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Posted 16 February 2008 - 02:52 PM

Yes, I have a Radio Shack near by...

I also have an office depot near by (for pencils!) lol.

The link is for Contact Cleaner


Cool. Do the "symptons" sound like it's a dirty/corroded slot?




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