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What type of Video Card Do I Need?


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#1 thaddy1978

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 09:23 PM

My parents computer (Gateway GT5028) gets turned on and the only thing that shows up on the screen is, "No Signal." Dad said that he was using it and then all of the sudden the screen went wacky -distorted lines and then black-and then locked up. It seems to be an integrated video. I tried to take the 7 year old video card from my computer and put it in my parents 3 year old gateway and it does not fit at all. With what I just described, does it sound like a video issue? What type of video card will I need to get for his computer? The motherboard is a Foxconn C51GU01. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 11:36 PM

From what I can find you need a P{CI-E 16X video card.
I would look inside the unit & see if it has a Bestec power supply.
In my search on that model "bestec" was mentioned a couple of times.
If it has a Bestec power supply I would suspect that the power supply went bad & fried the motherboard since that is what Bestec power supplies are best known for.
After they go bad they can still appear to wotk .
The fans will come on but the unit won't boot.
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Posted 06 June 2009 - 09:09 PM

From what I can find you need a P{CI-E 16X video card.
I would look inside the unit & see if it has a Bestec power supply.
In my search on that model "bestec" was mentioned a couple of times.
If it has a Bestec power supply I would suspect that the power supply went bad & fried the motherboard since that is what Bestec power supplies are best known for.
After they go bad they can still appear to wotk .
The fans will come on but the unit won't boot.


So how do I test to see if it is a power supply problem? The fans do some on and it does indeed sound as though everything is firing up.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 10:46 PM

Either remove the power supply & take it to a shop where it can be tested properly or try a video card.
If you try a video card & that doesn't help then it's probably the power supply.
The only thing is , even if you get a new power supply the old one may have killed the motherboard.

I know most people don't have the spare parts just laying around to test computers but the ideal situation would be if you had a haby video card to try, & a handy power supply to try [if neccessary] without the expense of buying both just to find out the motherboard is bad [if it is] .
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Posted 08 June 2009 - 09:45 AM

Well, we are staying at my parents place while we refinish the place we just bought...I am not using my desk top--and I actually took the video card out of my computer and when I removed the cover from my parents computer, I found that the video card would not fit any slot on my parents motherboard. I can take the power supply though, and check that, but again, the fans and lights come on when I power their computer up...I haven't actually stuck my ear down next to the machine, but it also sounds as though the drive is running too. I'll double check that though.

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 05:50 PM

A power supply can appear to work {"start the unit" & still be bad.

I can't tell you how many I've fixed that the fans would come on but the unit wouldn't start that had a bad power supply.
More often then not I'd try a new power supply & it still wouldn't start because the old power supply fried the motherboard when it failed.
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Posted 08 June 2009 - 06:06 PM

A power supply can appear to work {"start the unit" & still be bad.

I can't tell you how many I've fixed that the fans would come on but the unit wouldn't start that had a bad power supply.
More often then not I'd try a new power supply & it still wouldn't start because the old power supply fried the motherboard when it failed.

Yeah, I just had random crash problems and a new PSU fixed it right up. Although that piece of **** gateway probably only has a 280-320W PSU, I would still get a 400 or more just in case.




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