I recently got an Nvidia 9600 card and installed it. Well, ever since Wrath of the Lich King came out, I've been having issues with black screen crashes. I got RivaTuner and upped the fan cycle, so now it only crashes once or twice a day instead of every 5 minutes. I tried a memory diagnostic, but I couldn't for the life of me get my computer to boot from the CD, even after changing the boot order to put the CD ROM drive first. And I tried F12 -- the boot from CD option.
So -- is there a diagnostic tool that does NOT require making a bootable CD or floppy (I have no floppy drive, do they even make them anymore?) that I can use that will tell me if it is a memory issue or a power supply issue?
All the diagnostic lights are off, but I think that's normal function because I can't remember them ever all being on and my PC has been working just fine up until now.
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If I understand your issue, it sounds like the display works fine until it loads Windows, and then it has the error? It sounds to me like the video card drivers are crashing. This may be the case if you have recently updated them, or installed a new video card. I would recommend getting the latest drivers from the manufacturer's website on a CD, SD card, or USB drive, and then boot your computer in safe mode. Once in safe mode, install the new drivers, and see if that will help. You could also try using your onboard (integrated) video card if your motherboard has one. This could help rule out if the monitor is at fault. Just make sure your BIOS has the integrated card as a secondary video device if it the (I'm assuming PCIex16) peripheral card isn't found.
I am recomending to go www. dell.com and go to troubleshooting section for diagnose the computer, the problem I see is driver some missing. You must need to reinstall. By that reason Run the Diagnose from Dell .
What kind of memory card are you talking about? If it's one of those cards from a camera, PDA, etc, it should be on the front of the computer, if you purchased that option. The normal XPS 400 does not have a memory card reader.
It sounds as if your on-board graphics has stopped working. If you have a graphics card to try installing it. That may solve your problem. If not you will have to contact Dell about a motherboard replacement. the last time I looked at a Dell XPS system you can't install a retail motherboard in it.
Is that XPS with GeForce 8400 video card? If yes - than it is known problem with video cards that was admitted by dell. Get back to manufacturers support.and make sure they will fix it in warranty as due to this issue they extended warranty on nVidia cards for 4 years.
Let me know if there is still an issue and tell modell of your dell and i will send you more info on that.
On your Dell computer is a service tag. Contact dell with that number and they will tell you what card is installed in that computer.
XPS usually contain either an ATI or an NVidia card. Thats about all I know. I had to replace one with a newer video a few months ago for a client of mine because Dell didn't support the machine and couldn't pinpoint the model number of card. I know on the website there are about 4 to 6 of them to choose from.