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Posted 17 October 2013 - 07:54 PM
Posted 17 October 2013 - 10:55 PM
Start with the easy things first and get progressively more detailed;
>Make sure that the cooling fan on the card (assuming it has one) is still operating, and the heatsink is not stuffed with dust.
>While you are in there, clean the dust off everything, especially the CPU heatsink and fan. I take my units out on the back deck and reverse a small hand vacuum and crevice tool to blow the dust out. Works great.
>Remove the card; gently clean the contacts by wiping with a paper towel, soft pencil erasor, etc. Reinstall and make sure it is level and latched tight.
>Enter safe mode and see if the crashes stop. If they do, something (probably a driver) is being loaded in normal boot that is causing the crashes. At least you now know that the card physically is good
>If still no joy, delete and reinstall the video card drivers in case there was corruption.
>IF you can get your hands on another card, swap it out and run the computer with that card. If there are no crashes, reinstall your original card. If the crashes start again and you have done all the above, sounds like the card has failed.
Edited by ranchhand_, 17 October 2013 - 10:58 PM.
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