I have an older Dell Optipex GX270 with a 2.8 GHz P4 processor that runs XP Pro. I’m not a gamer and I don’t have the funds to buy a new computer with a newer OS. I’ve made some hardware upgrades over the years: 450 watt power supply, 500 GB hard drive, 2.25 GB of RAM, Aureal 8830 sound card and an AGP GeForce FX5200 video card. A few weeks ago, my screen just went black. I thought maybe it was the video card so I swapped it out for an old Windows 98 era 32 MB card. It worked just fine so I bought a NOS GeForce FX5500 and installed it. I got a black screen again so I thought maybe I had some sort of motherboard issue. I found an exact replacement and installed it. Still no luck so I thought maybe the video card arrived DOA. I took it to a friend’s house and tried it out in her computer, (it’s a bit older than mine. It has a 650 watt PSU and also has an AGP slot). It worked just fine. Now I’m confused. Yes, she has a more robust PSU than me but the GeForce FX 5200 worked beautifully for years with my 450 watt unit. Does anyone have any idea what might be going on here?
Edited by straightupwv, 24 February 2014 - 11:26 AM.