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Computer boots up, no display, monitor is ok, hard drive ok, ??? video card, no other way of testing it. Can't get a display, can't run tests on the computer with the problem. new power supply. Can't install drivers, again, no display, It is a FX5500 256 DDR Vga card. Blew out the dust, took out and reseated it. took out memory reseated it, drained the computer let it sit, Ran tests on the hard drive not a hard drive problem. On the surface of the card the silver domed capaciters are split and lifted, could this be the problem from over heating, or is this a normal. Please help...

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    Carol Sawicki Aug 29, 2010

    Hi Riztech, Nice to here from you. Well, I tried what you suggested and there was no go. Still no monitor. I must mention before the monitor went completely, my friend told me that it went out completely, trying to resurect it at her home I did briefly get a distorted picture, but very briefly before the monitor went black and the amber light went on.
    Originally my neighbor thought it was the monitor, but after checking her monitor, then attaching to my spare monitor, I discovered it did the same thing. In checking the hard drive (refusing to believe it might be the graphics card, because it is only a year or so old) I attached the hard drive to my own computer and ran hard drive tests through Western digital, The hard drive passed all with flying colors. So in thinking it was corrupt files on the hard drive, I formatted it, then reinstalled it into her computer put in the windows xp disc to reinstall, and to my disappointment , the monitor does not come up, so I can't see what the heck it is doing. The CD rom blinks away and I hear clicking, but I can't do anything because the monitor is black. That is why I came to the conculsion it is the graphics card, the mother board does not have a graphics of its own. So I can't connect directly to it. Any other suggestions, besides purchasing a new graphics card. About 1 month ago her power supply went, I replaced it with an upgrade that I bought through gateway, could the new power supply have anything to do with it. I know sometimes when you replace old parts with new parts, it puts a strain on the old parts, at least with cars. I really appreciate your quick response. I hope this helps you to help others and maybe help someone else, in the process.
    Cordially
    Carol

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    Carol Sawicki Aug 29, 2010

    I added my reply in the form of a comment. I hope you got it.

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    Carol Sawicki Aug 29, 2010

    Oh Thank you so much I will try it in my sons opti plex ( he got it for free) now that we, my son and I fool around with computers we keep adopting old ones.



    I have to move it from one room to another, and with taking care of my 90 year old mom, I hope to get to it today.



    I would hate to have my neighbor spend more money if it isn't needed the computer is about 9 years old, runs slow, but still runs.



    Thank you again,

    as soon as I get a chance to do this, I'll get back to you, I promise.



    Carol

  • Carol Sawicki
    Carol Sawicki Aug 31, 2010

    Hi issken thanks for your input, I have checked it out on a CRT monitor and still no go, Yes indead I did give it a thought that the upgraded power supply might have been too much for the video card. the capasitors on the vid card have criss-cross imprint on top and several of them have lifted so, it was my first thought that they had been blown. It looks as if I am getting my friend a new vid card. Thank you for your help. I appreciate it.
    Carol

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Another thing to check is that are you using a CRT monitor for the testing because I have seen several cases where the drivers got corrupted and it caused problems with a LCD monitors working properly.

However if you actually reinstalled Windows and still had trouble then it is a problem with the video card.

Note I had a computer that I had to replace the power supply on and on first testing the video card worked but when it came time for me to actually replace the power supply the video card hard blown some capasitors.

Let me know if you have any more problems or questions

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Hi,

We could not confirm on the hardware failure by the Capacitor's appearance. Need to check if this card is being detected at the BIOS level. If its detected then the problem is with the drivers, if BIOS fails to recognize then problem to be with Card , or rarely could be with PCI slot of the Motherboard.

All we have to do is check if the system is able to get to BIOS page. Keep tapping the F2 or DEL key, the moment you turn it ON and look for the Graphics card.

Please let me know the output.

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    Mohammed Rizwan Aug 29, 2010

    Hi Carol,

    Thank you for prompt reply. I experienced the same issue, monitor not turning ON, but CD-ROM makes clicking sound and light blinks for a while.

    I recognized that POST installation of detecting the Hardware is not working. I took the RAM out and cleaned the contacts with contact sponge dipped in spirit and reseated it back. And checked all the cable connector and booted up. I got my PC up and running.

    And i would like to know one more thing. Did you tried this Graphic card in your Friend's or any spare computer? If that PC boots then i can't be Graphic card problem.

    It's worth to try these workaround before we invest on something which is not required. Let me know after you try this.

    Regards
    Riztech

  • Carol Sawicki
    Carol Sawicki Aug 31, 2010

    Hi Riztech,
    Well I finally got a chance to take out both video cards from each computer only to find out that one is a VGA card and the other PCI and I can't swap them out to check the video card to see that it is what it is. My neighbor really wants me to switch it out anyway, I guess that is the only way I 'm going to know for sure.
    Thank you for all your help, I learned a lot.
    Carol

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    Mohammed Rizwan Aug 31, 2010

    Hi Carol,

    You are right. If you encounter any issues or for any suggestion please post your comments. I will try to reply you as earliest i could.

    Thank you for Choosing Fixya Support.

    Regards
    Riztech

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    Carol Sawicki Aug 31, 2010

    Thank you so much Riztech........ You were very helpful.
    Cordially
    Carol

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