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Is my video card broken?


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#1 Lloyd T

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Posted 28 November 2008 - 11:20 AM

Okay, let me explain myself.

While I was surfing the Internet in Firefox, the screen suddenly started to appear and disappear at intervals. I just let it happen (because I thought that it would fix itself) and didn't do anything until I got a blue screen. The computer restarted and everything was fine until I got to the welcome screen. The screen started to appear and disappear again. This time, I did a hard shut down. I turned the computer on again but the problem was still there.

I was able to access the computer using Safe Mode. I thought that Firefox was causing the problem so I uninstalled it. That didn't work. Next, I did a System Restore (luckily, I made a restore point before the error). But that also didn't work.

So I decided to reinstall Windows XP because I thought that something was wrong with XP itself. I was able to reinstall it but when I got to the welcome screen, the screen began to appear and disappear again. I did another hard shut down and went back to Safe Mode.

In Safe Mode, I accessed Device Manager to disable my video card. This time, when I booted up to Normal Mode it didn't appear and disappear. I reinstalled most of my programs but the graphics isn't good anymore.

Is my video card broken? Why did this happen? What should I do next?

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 28 November 2008 - 12:43 PM

The video driver might have become corrupt. I would try replacing/updating the driver before replacing the card. If there is a cooling fan on the video chip on the card, I would check to make sure it is clean and working

Edited by garmanma, 28 November 2008 - 12:43 PM.

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#3 Lloyd T

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Posted 28 November 2008 - 01:13 PM

The video driver might have become corrupt. I would try replacing/updating the driver before replacing the card.


Well, the driver does come with the Windows XP so it probably isn't. I'll try the other options.

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Posted 28 November 2008 - 01:37 PM

Well, the driver does come with the Windows XP so it probably isn't.

I don't understand what you mean
Windows does not supply specific video drivers. If your video chip is built-in to the motherboard (onboard), you download from the manufacturer of the computer. If it is a separate, plug-in card, you download from the manufacturer of the card
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Posted 28 November 2008 - 02:16 PM

What I mean is that the driver is installed automatically by Windows when I install XP in the computer. When I first installed XP, I didn't really encounter any problems with the video card. This is just recent.

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Posted 28 November 2008 - 02:32 PM

Well, I stand by what I said, I hope you find a solution
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