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Possibly Video Card problem?

I was playing an online game yesterday afternoon, and suddenly I got a blue screen before it went blank, and then the monitor just blinked like it does when the PC is turned off. The blue screen that flashed wasn't a normal blue screen but extremely pixelated.

I immediantly shut the computer down, let it sit for a bit and then started it back up. I hear the beep, the light comes on saying its accessing/reading the hard drive, the lights on the back for like network connection are on, and for a brief moment, the monitor might light up recognizing the comp being on, but still black, before going back into standby mode. It's a dual monitor video card, so I switched the connection to the other plug, and rebooted. This time I got pretty much the same thing with the beep and all but after a moment, it actually brought up a black screen with my white mouse pointer, which i was able to move around. However, on a regular cycle, the screen would blank out for a second and come back on for like 5 seconds. But again, never changed to anything besides that.

I think my video card might have just gone on the fritz. I mean, wouldn't I at least get the bios screen, like i always did before it went to windows, if it wasn't the video card? But I don't know and don't want to drop a bunch of money on a new card if that's not even the problem, so looking for other ideas.

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  • Mikolan Jun 09, 2008

    I didn't switch monitors. I'm at my work computer right now so I don't have the exact type of video card right off hand but I know it's an nvidia geforce 7 series. just can't remember exact brand and all. It has two DVI connectors for a dual monitor setup. I only run it with one monitor. (was plannin to eventually go to two). All I did was switch the monitor cable from one connector to the other.

    The computer, by the sound of it, acts as if everything's normal. It has the normal sounds of startup and waiting for me to do something. I mean, it's even going through the process of checking my DVD drive...



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That is so crazy.
You say you previously was able to see the POST screen and now you can't?
You say you switched monitors and card outputs to no avail? Is the card an ATI with an aux Molex power connector?
Is the puter actually going into standby or hibernation?
Have a boot disk? or a PE?
How about a Linux self-install distibution CD. Just kidding about that last one. Not really, you can see if the puter does respond.

Don't rule out a faulty power supply. Video card fail is usually one long, two short beeps at POST. or 8 short.

Posted on Jun 09, 2008

  • Pavel Jun 11, 2008


    Confirm: Your are saying you DO get a single post beep, HD activity, etc. and no monitor?

    Let's say you have no other monitor to test....

    Does your OS require a login to startup? Try to type your password if you usually come up as default user. If XP, after the HD activity stops, hit CTRL-ALT-DEL to bring up the traditional login screen. NOT SURE, but I think the last user to login is auto selected, so just type your password and hit enter. Do you hear the Windows startup sound? If you do, then you've confirmed that your computer and video card are not at fault. Get a new monitor.

    Lets say you do have another monitor to test....
    Use (the probably included in your video card box) DVI to analog converter and plug in an analog monitor. Don't see the post? I guess the card is bad.

    Good luck.



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