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Monitor stays black. Says no video.

For about 6 months my x1650 graphics card worked flawlessly. HOwever after those 6 months when i was playing games on my pc the screen would suddenly go black and say "no video". i ran several tests and am 99% positive it is somthing to do with the graphics card itself. then just recently the card wont work at all. when my pc boots there is no display even for a second. do i need to purchase a new card? or is there some kind of fix?

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  • EVE_gamer May 30, 2008

    well i know that it is not the monitor or the video cable because i have my old radeon 9550 in right now. however i have not tested it out in safe mode. that is a good idea.

  • EVE_gamer May 30, 2008

    tried to boot in safe mode but nothing happened whne i did. the screen remained black at startup. also i did findout that my power supply was 300 watts when the required amount was 350. however if i was to get a new power supply do u think that it would work again?

  • EVE_gamer May 31, 2008

    thnx a bunch. i was really not looking forward to buying a completely new card. now there is at least a chance that it will work again with the new power supply.



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I'd try running windows in safe mode by holding down f8 at startup. If that ends up working it's probably a setting that is wrong. If all still remains black i'd look at testing another video card and monitor. Either one could be it.

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I wouldn't necessarily blame the video card. If the x1650 was a replacement card, do you have the old video card that was pulled out, and if so, can you test it?

Also, if it was a replacement card, did you verify that your PC's power supply was large enough to accomodate the additional power requirements of the x1650?

Finally, if you have a friend with a comparable PC, I would also suggest that you test the card in his/her PC. Try this with and without the same video cable.

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  • Lee Eismann May 30, 2008

    Good debugging effort. The old Radeon 9550 proves that the motherboard slot, video card, and monitor are not to blame - that narrows it down to the video card.

    This is what I would do if you intend to keep the system. Since you want to have/install a more powerful video card, you will need more power because the newer video cards require it. Therefore, you should upgrade your power supply to at least 400W. I've done this on older systems for less than $50.

    If you have a Fry's nearby, you can usually find an exact replacement, or try their website at

    Once installed, you can then test your x1650 to see if it will work. I give it better than a 50/50 chance since running at lower voltages usually doesn't cause permanent damage, and your current power supply might be running marginally and getting worse.

    P.S. If you do but a new power supply, make sure you get one that matches the connectors that are supplied with your current one.



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