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Broken Graphics Card?


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#1 RichieP

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Posted 01 June 2006 - 10:07 AM

Got a PC here that has no video output.

Someone pulled the tower to get at something and the monitor went off. Another monitor has been tried, still the same.

It's a medion MT6, type MED MT 316.

The graphics card is GeForce 6610XL, in a PCI-E slot.

I need to get another PCI-E card to see if it's the card or the PCI-E slot broken, or even worse?

Question. If it's the slot that's broken, will a PCI card work as well? The computer also has a SCART, Composite and S-Video card that plugs into the GeForce card.

Is there a PCI card that will have the necessary connector (9 pins)?

Thanks.

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Posted 01 June 2006 - 11:31 AM

It is more likely that the card rather than the slot is broken if it was pulled by the monitor cord.
Try borrowing a card first or take the pcie in anf have it tested.

A pci card should work, but not anywhere near as well.

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Posted 01 June 2006 - 11:41 AM

You may get lucky as it might just have got pulled enough to jar it loose from the slot.
If you don't see any physical damage to it, try reseating it first.
Normaly the the hold-down screw shouldn't let it get too far.

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Posted 01 June 2006 - 12:11 PM

Actually, thinking about it, it could be the monitor cable too.
Try borrowing a different monitor and hook it up after reseating the card as HitSquad recommended.

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Posted 01 June 2006 - 01:30 PM

Thanks for the replies.

Just tried it on another monitor. Nothing.

Well, not quite nothing. If I unplug the monitor completely from the card, it shows the "No signal" message.

When I plug it into the card it goes into the idle mode, where the light is amber, not green.

Hopefully I'll be picking up a cheap card later to see if that gets a signal. At least then I know it's the card.

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 07:57 AM

Just to update those that responded.

I took it round to a local chappie who builds PCs. He tried another card and still nothing. I think the board is broken. It's going back.




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