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Graphics card broken- what may have caused it?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by gnosis121, Nov 30, 2008.

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  1. gnosis121

    gnosis121 Thread Starter

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    For the past few days loading any 3d programs resulted in a freezing of the screen for 30 seconds or so. Lately, this has been replaced by very big graphics glitches forcing a restart. The last time, on boot, the screen had 6 green dashed lines. ( I think meaning fried video ram or something)

    It did not want to go to to XP unless booted in safe mode.

    Borrowed a friends old X1300 and it works. So definately a graphics card problem

    Spec: P5K-E Wifi/ap
    Asus 8800GTS 320MB
    Intel C2D stock at 2.66 OCed to 3.5
    2GB GeiL ram
    NZXT lexa case

    Just wondering what could have caused it.

    Will probably replace with a 4850 but dont want it to happen again

    Thanks! ;)
     
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    Could be a number of things. Could be heat, could be lack of power, could be overclocking, could be an internal failure of the card - electronics like everything else will fail at some point.
     
  3. gnosis121

    gnosis121 Thread Starter

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    I dont think its overclocking ( it wasnt OCed) and I doubt it'll be power since I had a Corsair HX520W which I was lead to believe is sufficient.

    It might have been a dust build up blocking the cooling.

    Anyway ill probably go for http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146705

    which is one of the cheapest ive found for a 4850
     
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