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Is My Video Card Bad?


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#1 MrClose

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 12:56 PM

Yesterday, I powered on my pc, walked away as I normally do, waiting for it to boot to the home screen.

When I came back, the screen had fuzzy and red squiggly lines all over the screen.

The mouse wouldn't work and the only way to power off was using the power button.

When I powered on again, the icons were huge and then the monitor shut off saying 'no signal'!

Since then I have tried switching to vga instead of the cards hdmi connection.

Nothing!
To connect using vga there is a port that had yellow tape on it saying connect to alternate port (Video card)?

I also tried connecting to the S-Video on the Video card and I get the monitor shutting down after a few minutes result!

With the normal HDMI connection, I can get on for about 3 minutes but then the monitor shuts down again!

I have two questions please.

Does all of this sound like the video card is shutting down and two .. will you look at the specks in this link to my pc and tell me if there is an 'onboard' video that I can use?

If there is onboard .. why is it that nothing happens when I hook up to that port?

My monitor has and I have changed the input to the different inputs but nothing happens from vga.

S video, yes.
HDMI, yes but these are part of the stand alone card!

Hopefully this makes sense and one of you techs can help!?

Thanks Everyone.



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Posted 11 October 2011 - 03:34 PM

I was able to get into the device manager and found a yellow tag next to the nvidia 9800GT adapter.

It says windows has stopped this device because of a reported problem!?

I am no longer shutting down but I canít get any drivers from nvidia to install.

Nvidia says because I am not connected to any nvidia CPU device?

What the heck do I do now?

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 03:58 PM

Downloaded the drivers from nvidia and now I have these blue bars on every page?
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Posted 11 October 2011 - 03:59 PM

Downloaded the drivers from nvidia and now I have these blue bars on every page?
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Posted 11 October 2011 - 04:32 PM

I looked and found a site that answered my question .. Well, at least had examples of what a video card will show on screen when it's going!

Seems that my video RAM is shot!

Anyone having video problems may want to visit this page.

Scrolling down, I found the red 'artifacts' screen that I first experienced.

Scrolling down further shows the 'blue bars' screen that I am experiencing now!

A good site and an answer to my problem .. http://www.playtool.com/pages/artifacts/artifacts.html

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 05:16 PM

You are right that the video card is most likely going, but could you check if maybe the fan stopped working, and the card simply overheats? You did mention it worked fine for a few minutes on hdmi.

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 05:36 PM

Yes, the fan still works.

I first thought the same thing .. over-heating but that isn't the case.

Now I have to find an inexpensive card and figure out how to remove the other one.
There's a lot of stuff inside and the TV tuner card makes everything tight!

I really don't know how to release the card.

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 05:49 PM

It says you've got Intel G33 chipset and it should have onboard video and both dvi and hdmi output. Have you tried those yet? You may have to get into BIOS and enable onboard video.

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 05:56 PM

It says you've got Intel G33 chipset and it should have onboard video and both dvi and hdmi output. Have you tried those yet? You may have to get into BIOS and enable onboard video.

Haven't been able to get onboard working.
Some folks say that you have to remove the stand alone card first.

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 06:10 PM

What options do have in bios as far as onboard video is concerned?

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 06:44 PM

What options do have in bios as far as onboard video is concerned?

To be honest .. I don't have a clue.

I really don't want to do more than I have to do to fix this.

I have been told that all I have to do is disable the drivers for the 9800 in device manager and the VGA will boot up on it's own 'without' taking the stand alone card out of the machine.

I just don't know what to do and I'm too scared to mess around with the innards!

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 06:49 PM

This is what my desk top looks like (Red Bars) but when I go to web pages, I get the light blue bars like the picture in my other post!Attached File  10-11-2011 7-45-28 PM.png   61.49KB   2 downloads

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 07:24 PM

Disabling the card in Windows is not going to do much. As far as bios is concerned, the card is still there in the slot, and currently bios is configured to look there first. You need to get into bios and search for an option to use onboard video only.

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 07:34 PM

Disabling the card in Windows is not going to do much. As far as bios is concerned, the card is still there in the slot, and currently bios is configured to look there first. You need to get into bios and search for an option to use onboard video only.

So if I were to pull the card out, I'd still have to go to BIOS?

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 07:44 PM

No, bios usually looks for a descrete card and if there's none, it will switch to onboard graphics automatically.




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