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is it my onboard video card ?


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#1 greasemonkeyjmj

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Posted 24 April 2011 - 04:31 PM

sorry but this may be a long post. i have a 6 or 8 month old e machines desktop tower model EL1850-01e it has a intel celeron 450 processor with integrated intel GMA X4500 graphics card. 500 gig hd and 2 g memory. 2 days ago when i would turn it on, it would come on for about 4 seconds then shut down. i tried several different things to try and find the problem including unplugging the software jumpers inside to try and find if one of them may have been shorted. but i had no success. yesterday i plugged it in, after sitting all night in pieces on my desk, and lo and behold it came on. i plugged eveything in and started it back up and everything worked just like it should. well about 9 hours later everything on my monitor turned in to little red and blue X looking characters and i couldnt see anything. i manually shut it down and restarted, and i could not get a picture. it kept telling me there was no video signal. please check my connections. i tried everything i could think of to no avail. well today i plugged it up again and it is working fine again, although i dont know how long it will last. so with the strange display with all of the x's and then no signal does this sound like a graphics card problem ? and if so does anyone know what type of graphic card my system will accept? i havent had any luck searching online to find out what cards will work.

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Posted 24 April 2011 - 07:15 PM

How big is your PSU ?

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Posted 24 April 2011 - 07:40 PM

it shows that it is only a 220 watt. this is a mini tower so there is not room for a very big psu. and i forgot to mention that all of the software is the factory items that came with this tower


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Posted 24 April 2011 - 07:52 PM

Well, without checking one item after another, when the issues actually happens it's hard to say something for certain.
Your issue could have happened with failing power supply (I don't think 220W would be an underpowered number, especially with on-board video), bad video cable, or bent pin on it, bad monitor, or failing video chip.
If it happens again, try different monitor first, then try that different monitor with different video cables.
If the above won't help, then we're down to power supply, or on board video chip.

BTW...
1. Is the computer still under warranty?
2. According to this: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/eMachines+-+Desktop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Celeron%26%23174%3B+Processor+/+2GB+Memory+/+500GB+Hard+Drive/9974267.p?id=1218204533255&skuId=9974267, you have one PCI Express x16 slot available, which can be used for installing video card.

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