Question about Dell nVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 GTX, (256 MB) PCI Express Graphic Card

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NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 GTX for Dell XPS M170

My vid card died a few weeks ago. I found and bought this card on Ebay. I installed it on Christmas day 12/25/08. All worked well with World of Warcraft, Combat Arms, HL2 untill tonight 12/28/08. Tonight my card is doing what my old card starting doing, when I fire up a game the screen go's squirrly and hard locks. When I run the Dell Support Center vid test it hard locks. The Laptop is running now with email or posting on this fourm but I cant start a game without it hard locking. Is this vid card dead or could it be something else?

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  • losisonq Feb 16, 2009

    exact same problem here. I heard that is a common problem with these laptop/graphics cards. To be honest, I would rather go with an ATI graphics card that is compatible with my machine. Never had any problems with ATI. What are my other options?

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Same problem with a different card - probably something else.

Games require lots of RAM. I would add as much as possible. I recommend crucial.com. They can automatically examine your PC online, and make suggestions. Cheap, fast, top quality. Been using them for years.

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