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Video Card Dying?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by sharlow, Jan 16, 2007.

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  1. sharlow

    sharlow Thread Starter

    Dec 6, 2005
    Hi all

    Just a quick question - I have a second system in my son's room, that is basically my old computer. The monitor is a cheap LCD tv that I picked up in a supermarket. It works fine on the DVD player and as a TV but after it's been on for a while as a computer monitor, it starts flickering on and off. I've checked all the connections at both the TV end and the Computer end and there is nothing wrong with them. I'm wondering if it could be that the video card in the computer is dying. It's very old and very basic, It would be nearly 9 years old now. Can someone tell me how to check if this is the problem, because it makes the computer unusable, which frustrates my 5 years old.

  2. bonk

    bonk Banned

    Sep 8, 2005
    Put the PC into Safemode and run it the same time as in normal mode to see if it starts flickering in Safemode.....

    1. Restart your computer.
    2. When the machine first starts again it will generally list some equipment that is installed in your machine, amount of memory, hard drives installed etc. At this point you should gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with a Windows XP Advanced Options menu.
    3. Select the option for Safe Mode using the arrow keys.
    4. Then press enter on your keyboard to boot into Safe Mode.
    5. Do whatever tasks you require and when you are done reboot to boot back into normal mode.

    Or try another Monitor.
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