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Video Card or Monitor Broken?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by RoC_Vision, Sep 15, 2003.

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  1. RoC_Vision

    RoC_Vision Thread Starter

    Sep 15, 2003
    UPS recently shipped my tower + monitor and when it got here I powered it up to find that my screen was scattered with lines, arrays of colors, etc. I restarted a few times and the lines eventually went away. But the colors were still a bit odd, and when I started up a few games the pixels were often misplaced, blinking, moving, missing, etc.

    I at first assumed that the video card was having a problem so I removed my video card and inserted it again to make sure it was secure. I restarted and had the same problem. And to make matters worse the odd lines and pixels sometimes just randomly returned and covered my screen. I found that moving my monitor cord around and replugging it helped, so now I'm not sure if the monitor or the video card is broken.

    The UPS inspector is coming out here soon and I need to be able to tell him what is broken. I don't have another monitor on hand to be able to test it. Is there anyway to figure out if my monitor or my video card is broken? Or if not them then if something else is?

    Any help will be kindly appreciated! Thanks!
  2. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    Best way would be to try another monitor - is this one a LCD flat panel? If it isn't I would lean toward the video card.

    UPS is not very carefully when shipping - it throw things around.

    Since its new - ship it back.
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    I agree, an analog monitor won't do what you describe. OTOH, a FP can fail in odd ways. I'd just try the FP on a friend's computer, you'll know right away.

    FWIW, I'd open the system and reseat all the cards and connectors, it's amazing what a poor connection can do. :)
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