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In Dire need of help- System failed CPU test/ VDA test

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by wootsauce56, May 17, 2008.

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  1. wootsauce56

    wootsauce56 Thread Starter

    Jan 11, 2008
    Ok, where to start. First, I've had this PC for about 4 years without any problems. I have my computer set to go to a blank screensaver after 1 min of not being used, and power off the monitor after 2 minutes of not being used.

    The other week, the image on my entire computer screen would shake, and sometimes you could smell something burning. Sometimes, when the screen shaked so bad the monitor would just go blank for a few seconds, then back to what I was doing. (BTW, it has nothing to do with whatever I'm doing on the computer, the shaking screen happens regardless)

    I thought it was just a problem with the monitor, until today when I actually shut my PC off after recieving Windows updates last night. When I went to turn it back on, audio came out of my speakers saying "system failed CPU test" I get all the lights on my PC tower on, the three lights on my keyboard are lit up, but my monitor's light is on stanby orange. There is no image on my screen whatsoever. When I push the power button on my monitor, it turns green for a few seconds, then shuts off, never displaying any image. My mouse has the red light coming from the bottom. When I hit the power button on my PC tower, nothing happens,

    So I turn off the power strip, and tuen it back on, then hit the power on my tower, this time I get a "system failed VDA (or VGA) test" sound from my speakers. Everything else is like i said in the previous paragraph.

    I'm almost positive its not a virus or anything, as I had just run a spyware and virus test earlier the same day. I'm not even sure I'm in the right subforum as I don't have any idea what the problem involves. Never heard of thos before.

    I have Windows XP home ed.

    Any help would be REALLY appreciated. Thanks
  2. ChRoNo16


    May 29, 2005
    if you have more than 1 pc, try swapping video cards, the card may have gone bad.

    Also you processor may have fried (unlikely)

    Maybe a local PC shop can test you video card? If it isnt the card, I will go further with my advice
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