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#1 Jephpresh

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:26 PM

I have a Dell Dimension 4400 with XP SP3 it was acting weird last night, i turned it off, and this morning I turned it back on, it powers up but I can't see anything but black screen, I guess it crashed.  I want to reformat it but I misplaced the Installation CD and other softwares, will it be possible to do this?

 

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

 

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:42 PM

When it first boots do you see any of the usual display, like the POST?

 

Have you tried a different monitor?

 

Checked your VGA connections?

 

Does the computer stay on after it starts?


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:55 PM

There is no display at all, i tried different monitor, still the same and the power stays on all the time.



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Posted 23 February 2013 - 01:14 PM

The specs from Dell on this computer are pretty thin.  All it shows for the video is that it is a AGP 4X.

 

I suspect that the problem is the graphics card.  You can purchase a AGP 4X/8x for about fifteen dollars here.

 

This is a pretty old machine, you probably will see other failures down the line.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 01:22 PM

Thank you dc3 for your suggestions, i'll try to change the graphic card, but is it still possible to reformat this PC without a cd?



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Posted 23 February 2013 - 01:38 PM

What are you going to do after you format it, you won't have an operating system installed afterward?


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:38 PM

Problem solved, changed with Geforce 6200 AGP 4x8x graphic card, works great!  Thanks dc3 for your help.



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Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:46 PM

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