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How long is a Video Card good

I replaced the video card less than a year ago and my computer is now doing the same thing as before. Dell says the computer is out of warranty and will not replace the card a second time. Could it be something else? Additionally, on the front of the computer there's a cylinder shaped/battery icon blinking. What could this mean?

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The video card most likely has gone bad.the batterie on your motherboard needs replacement.

Posted on Mar 04, 2009

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    Charles Stillwell Mar 04, 2009

    videocards verie,yours should last longer than it has.

    cleaning as mentioned above might help.

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