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Graphics card crash, driver problem?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by thestringbender, Jan 29, 2011.

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  1. thestringbender

    thestringbender Thread Starter

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    I was playing Crysis a little bit ago, like I've done for a long time so the game isnt the problem, and it froze up and I had to restart. After that the computer started freezing up a LOT more like 3 times in an hour. The last time it froze, I restarted and there was no signal going to the monitor. The graphics card is an nvidia 8800 gt. After a while I plugged the moniter into the onboard graphics card which is an nvidia 8200 and it booted fine. I've used this card for about a year and havent had one problem with it at all. I think it may be a driver because I had recently used a program to backup my drivers and Im thinking that might have done something. If it is just a driver problem, then how do I re-install the driver when I can't even see anything when Im plugged into the card. Can I update the driver to the other while Im on this one? Because it doesn't show the other graphics card in the devices panel.


    Also, I just noticed, that when I clicked my computer properties its showing I have 1.75 gb of ram when until now it has always showed 3. Could it be a ram problem?
     
  2. fel1x

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    yes i had a dead ram which did not crash my system at all it was crucial tracer so i noticed the flashing lights were no longer flashing

    re drivers you can install them even if card not installed when installed turn off computer and fit card check for fluff etc whilst you in there re boot , may take a couple of re boots as it may get "confused"

    any dump files available??
     
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    thestringbender Thread Starter

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    sorry, I kinda know what dump files are, but not sure where to find them, etc. Also, I just took my case off and air dusted the gpu and it had tons of dust and kinda had a slight burn smell to it. I checked the ram but not too sure if any are bad, but I noticed on my motherboard which is a XFX MI-A78S-8209, that on the three sticks of RAM, two of them have red lights beside them, and the other has a green light. Does this mean the other two are bad? And also, if it is indeed the Graphics card is fried, can someone tell me what the best gpu I can get for under $250 that is supported by my motherboard?
     
  4. fel1x

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    NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT , 512 Mb that will be pci , is it powered by a lead as well as by the motherboard ? if so its not easy to recommend exact due to size your psu etc your case size, as that is a good card anyhow you could go for something like a gts or a 9600 just go 1 step up unless you want to start changing psu s etc

    re ram i do not have lights by my ram and never have had so i do not know all you can do is remove it all bar 1 and re boot , repeat untill you find the damaged one

    try http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html see if it can detect it

    mini dumps usually C drive, windows, mini dumps

    (i had a 9600 gts alpha dog oc xlr8 @ £80 i think now and it kicked crysis ***)
     
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    thestringbender Thread Starter

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    Ok, so update, I read online that cooking a bad graphics card could fix it. Well I did it, and holy freaking crap its working :DDDDD
     
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