My computer was running hot, and it started randomly shutting off on me from time to time (especially while watching movies). So I took it apart and cleaned it, but afterwards it still wouldn't work correctly. I noticed that the graphics card fan wouldn't always spin, but when I manually triggered it with my finger it would spin for a while, and then stop. This is where it gets very strange. Eventually my graphics card didn't seem to work at all, as in, the monitor wouldn't display anything while it was plugged into it. So I plugged the monitor into the motherboard, and for two days it could run, with bad graphics. But suddenly it, too, would freeze. So for the heck of it I plugged the monitor back into my graphics card. It worked! But only for about 5 minutes. Now, to make things even more bizzare, the graphics card has no problems spinning, but it will only work randomly.
Is it my motherboard? Graphics card? Some kind of bios setting? Power supply?
I'm a total newb to this stuff.
Also, this is a duplicate post, but I didn't want to wait for the mods to stumble upon the one in the Windows Vista subforum.
Edited by Sayzak, 05 September 2009 - 11:52 AM.