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Video card issue

My video card seems to be out of date. My screen blinks off and on and sometimes doesn't show some games at all. How can I tell if another video card will be compatible?

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  • George Bill
    George Bill May 11, 2010

    card name age amount of ram?

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    CPU socket number? 

    The way to tell is to download the manual and see what type of Video card the board supports, unless you can reconize the different video card slots? 


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One AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port) 4x slot (1.5V only)
That's your slot - any card that will fit it should work fine.

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After boting monitior is getting shut down

When the monitor shuts down, is the activity light on the monitor blinking yellow? or staying yellow constant? Have you tested another monitor? When does the monitor shutdown exactly what is the computer doing at the time the monitor shuts down?

1. Blinking yellow means failing monitor. Not all monitors will exhibit this behavior. For example my Acer Monitor blinks with a blue light when no video input is detected. It doesn't always mean the monitor is bad, but may indicate the video card is failing. Also check and/or replace the video cables

2. Solid yellow means no video input detected Not all monitors will exhibit this behavior. For example my Acer Monitor blinks with a blue light when no video input is detected. It doesn't always mean the monitor is bad, but may indicate the video card is failing. Also check and/or replace the video cables

3. Testing another monitor tells you if the video card is failing. If another monitor works, the problem is your old monitor failing, if a new monitor doesn't work, then the problem is more than likely a failing video card.

4. It is rare but sometimes the Video PCI slots can go bad, while another may work on the same motherboard. This further indicates if it's a motherboard issue, and not the monitor or the video card. Just change the PCI slots the video card is plugged in to and see if it works.

5. Power issues can cause this video issue as well; For example if your PSU is not strong enough to support your video card, it may exhibit no input detected issues past a certain point in the boot process. This is due to lack of power being supplied to the video card. MOST video cards have a warning of sorts if this is a case, but some do not. This issue is more common with higher end gaming video cards and/or lower end power supplies.

The best way to test this is to disconnect ALL devices from the motherboard that require power; For example; CD drives, Hard drives, USB devices that may be plugged in other than keyboards/mice. Only boot the PC with the video card, RAM, and CPU installed. If you get video start attaching 1 device at a time and doing a fresh boot with each device connected. So if the PC boots fine with video on the monitor when the CD Drive is plugged in... it's not the CD Drive causing it. Then hook up the hard drive WITH the CD drive, and see if the PC boots with video then... If it does not, you can infer a power issue might be causing the problem.

Another issue that may effect the video card directly pertaining to power issues are; Try swapping the power cables to the video card with a different power cable. That is to say a power cable coming from the Power Supply that isn't connected to anything or in use by anything else. It is possible a power cable line is bad and/or not working in which case it's a Power Supply issue.

In some cases; This test will be negative on all accounts; At this point, It may be your RAM/CPU causing the issue; Try reseating the ram, that is to say uninstall the ram physically, use a cloth to clean the gold prongs on the ram sticks, and place the ram sticks back into the motherboard; See if it boots up with video then. If it does not; Try removing ram sticks 1 or 2 at a time as required and checking again. This helps determine if it's a specific ram stick causing the problem.

6. If the video STILL is not showing up you will want to check the following.

Check the motherboard for blown capacitors; They will appear in the following forms; Clearly bubbled tops on the capacitors; Exploded tops or yellow crystalized liquid leaking from one or more of the capacitors (like battery acid). This causes a HUGE list of random issues that are symptomatic of power issues. In this case a (Failing Motherboard) Most common on intel and dell motherboards especially on older hardware/PC's.

The CPU is the hardest thing to detect if it's failing, and is rarely the cause, if common sense and care are taken when handling a CPU.

At this point if you still can't figure out what's causing the problem; Replacing the motherboard or monitor is recommended. Monitor if you do not have another monitor to test. Or motherboard if you've exhausted all other troubleshooting steps.

I realize it's a lengthy description, but your description of the problem wasn't exactly specific so I wanted to be thorough and cover all the basis that could cause this problem.

Hope this helps.

Dec 09, 2013 | Intel D845GVSR Motherboard

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My pc dont show any thing axcept blank display with i tried to change graphics

Maybe one of your memory chips is bad.

If it seems to boot up all the way except the display is blank try the steps below:

Borrow a monitor from a neighbor, friend, relative or co-worker and connect it to the computer. If the Borrowed monitor display the desktop then the original monitor is bad, but the video card inside the computer is ok. If the Borrowed monitor does not display then the video card inside the computer is bad.

If it does not seem to boot up all the way try the steps below.

When you plug in the power cord is there any lights whatsoever on the laptop, where the plug goes in or on the AC Adapter of the power cord?

When you press the power button do you hear fans running, hard drive spinning, lights on the computer, hear any beeps or lights constantly blinking, hear the DvD/CD drive click and the light on the drawer of the DvD/CD turn on for a second or two? If so the computer is trying to boot or may have booted, but the screen is not showing for some reason.

Beep tones and blinking lights tells the technicians what is going on with the laptop and why it is not booting. Most times it's a motherboard issue when you hear beeps or blinking lights continuous. Most times the problem is with the memory or Video Card. Count the Blinking Lights or Beeps and take note of their pattern (1 Long or 1 Long followed by 2 Short).

Maybe you have a Static Charge Buildup. Remove the Power Cord, then Press and Hold the power button for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds plug the power cord back in and hit the power button to see if it boots.

Maybe your memory is bad or the memory slot is bad.

Remove the Power Cord, Open the Case and remove one of the memory chips. Set the chip aside then try rebooting the computer. If it boots, then you know the memory chip you set aside is bad so mark an x on it with an ink pen. If it fails to boot then move the chip to the next memory slot and try rebooting. If it fails take the chip out and set it aside, then put the other chip in and try booting it in both slots. If it boots, just to verify that the chip set aside is bad, mark an x on it and put it into the open memory chip slot and try booting.

Jun 07, 2012 | Intel Computers & Internet

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It shows "Video card doesn't support UBYTE4N

Your Intel integrated graphics card doesn't meet the minimum system requirements. To play the game you have to upgrade your graphic card which support at least "shader model 3.0".

Updating your DirectX or Graphics drivers will not help either.

Hope it helps.

Jul 24, 2011 | Intel D945GCCR Motherboard

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I have a Asus Rampage Formula board w/ 4gig mem, was running a BFG GTX 260 max core nvida card , win XP pro 32 bit sp4. I have had no issues for about 1yr then when the computer would run for a few hrs the...

Mabee the hard drive has failed . try entering bios and see if the hard drive is recognised .If not try turning the computer off unplug it then reconnect the drive data cable and power cable
then re- start the computer and see if it is recognised. some models of older hard drives needed a driver installed during set up -- you usually have to put the driver on a floppy disc and hit the f6 button when prompted by windows set up to install third party drivers . I hope this helps

Apr 08, 2011 | ASUS MB RAMPAGE FORMULA 775 X48 RT...

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I'm having issues with Dell 1708FPt, it has lines in the background like something wrong with the video processor. even does it when whows the Dell Screen Test mode, showing red, green, and blue. the...

From what you are describing it sounds like there is an issue with the video card or the connection from the card to the monitor.


1. Checking the cable going to the Monitor. Try another cable if you have one.
2. After powering off the computer and remove and re-seat the video card.
3. Does the video card have a fan? Is it spinning? - overheating could be an issue. Check for dust on the fan as well.
4. Do you have a spare card you can use to test?

It could also be an issue with your motherboard, this would probably need to be replaced.

Feb 28, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Computer doesnt boot, just shows, a black screen, and bipes 1 long and 2 short and sometimes 1 long and 3 short, i have tested the memorie ram and the vga cards, both are working either thinking...

This is usually a video card or RAM issue.
Make sure you got the right RAM (ie - correct speed and size [not too large/over specs]) and re-seat the video card.
Also try resetting the CMOS. As I recall, there is a jumper near the battery to do this.
With power off, move the jumper to the other set of pins, then back again after about 10 seconds, then re-power the board.

Try using only one memory stick. 1 long 2 short is a memory issue. Clean the memory contacts and reinsert the RAM.

Clean and reinsert the video card. 1 long and 3 short is a video issue. Try a different video card if you have one.

Feb 24, 2011 | ASUS M2N4-SLI Motherboard

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How do I bypass my on board video card on my hp a6417c PC motherboard:MCP61PM-HM it died and i installed a new card but it wont let me get pass the initial bios selection screen

The old card has to be disabled in bios or some times you can do it from safe mode by uninstall. For bios settings depending on the PC it self you would have to start the pc and first screen that shows up will tell you how to access bios settings. In the settings there is an option to turn off on board video card. Hope this helps.

Jan 20, 2010 | HP VECTRA VLI8 P3 Motherboard (KZM6120)

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Can you confirm that you have installed the most up to date Video Card Drivers? It looks like your motherboard has onboard video and more specifically, uses the ATI Radeon X300 video processor. You may be able to visit the EliteGroup website and download video drivers for this board.

If you're using an external card, ensure you have the monitor plugged into the external card, the onboard video is disabled in the BIOS, and the most updated drivers for your video card.

Mar 03, 2009 | EliteGroup RS482-M754 Motherboard

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Pc hang

depending on what "SF" (which ever game that may be) requires you may want to make sure that if you are a windows user then to make sure you have the most up to date drivers for your video card and make sure you have sufficient amount of ram installed as well as video card requirements on your computer. most games these days games require a good hand full of resources such as call of duty 4? or crysis? half life 2, fear, any MMORPG games etc so make sure your computer has enough resources to run this game you speak of and make sure your not tying up other usefull resources on background applications you are running by either closing them or bringing task manager up and closing them that way (personaly i prefer task manager because it shows you what and which apps are using all your resources) make sure also that your DX (Direct X) is the most up to date (dumb comment but you would be amazed on how many users complain because they say everything is up to date but later to see that they have direct x 9 ver "B" installed rather then version "C" so please make sure drivers, software, game updates (if available) DX9 update and requirements such as ram, video card, video card ram are even suffient enough for that game to run smooth

Dec 30, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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Pc boots and stays on the black screen at the start

Try getting into the BIOS and making sure that it is detecting the RAM and HDD and Processor. Typically this happens when theres no memory or a memory problem. If its the Hard drive it will say NTLDR missing or Hard Drive failure. When its blank.

Does the Hard drive fire up when its sitting there? Does it seem like it booting the Hard drive or does it just sit there.

Also, if you have an onboard Video and a video card, try using just the onboard video for now, sometimes the Video card can cause an issue if it doesnt have drivers and comes up blank.

Make sure the bios has the video set to PCI or AGP depending which you have intstall. Or Auto if it has it.

I have had two Gigabyte board and im using one now and have had similar issues that where caused by a ATI video card.

Good luck and let me know if you still need help.

Dec 02, 2008 | Gigabyte MB GIGABYTE GA-MA74GM-S2H AMD740G...

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