Solved: GPU going out?

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haunted_toaster

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Starting about 3 weeks ago, my computer began acting up. A few times it would go to screen saver, then hibernate. I could not get it to come out of hibernation without flipping the power off for several minutes. It went from that to freezing up when I was online for more than 10 or 15 minutes, particularly with videos or facebook. Sometimes it would crash and reboot. Then the graphics went from 32 bit to what looks like 4 bit? And all icons are 4 times larger than before?

I have Microsoft Security Essentials on it and up to date, found nothing. Tried system restore, but it is unable to complete it. Does this sound like the GPU going out?



Dell XPS 410
Windows 7 Home Premium (upgraded from XP)
Intel Core 2 Q6600 Quad-Core 2.4GHz CPU
2 GB DDR2
500 GB HD Seriel ATA Hard Drive
nVidia GeForce 8300 GS
 

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It could be the video card, yes. Have you check to see if your specific card has a fan on it and i that fan is still working?
 

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The 100% confirmation would be to test the card in another computer and see if it exhibits the same issue, or as an alternative test another card in yours.
 

haunted_toaster

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Would that work without instaling new drivers? We have an older Dell my wife uses that I could swap with?
 

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Probably, it would seem that you get display corruption as Windows is loading as your screenshot shows some unusual lines.

The computer would also have to have a PCI-Express slot and not AGP.
 
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