What happened to my video card?

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Spiteful

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well one day my vid card was working perfect, the next day, it randomly just stopped. NOthing moved, doing ctrl,alt,delete did nothing. I had to reboot manualy.

Anyway, It kept going on again and again, each time I rebooted manualy i got that error message, it said there was a problem with my vid. card, which is a 9700 Radeon pro. It said something like it failed to do the drawing picture.

I tried restarting, using a restore point, nothing worked, I have yet to open it, but I think my vid card fried or something, But I have no certain idea, so IM posting here.

Please help me, thanks in advance.
 
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If you still see something on the screen is not fried, but it doesn't mean it works.
Might wanna try and see if the power cable is inserted right.
If that doesn't work to check and see if the problem doesn't come from the mobo, might wanna borrow a video card and install it. If there are no problems with the new video card and windows boots up , then you'll need to either try to RMA the ATI or buy a new one.
In some circumstance you might try and attempt a reflash of the BIOS of the ATI ( sometimes it works and if it doesn't work well the card is no good anyways)
HTH
 

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i tried checking the power cord, nothing happened

how do I do this "reflash" the bios? Maybe that will work. If not then I will try another video card
 
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just a little question...you didnt happen to install service pack 2 recently did you?? when i installed it with my radeon 9200 mine keep freezing and crashing too.
 

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I don't quite understand whats happening. Do you ever get anything on the screen? IS the picture ok or whats wrong with? If the video cuts out, at what point? How old is the computer or have you changed anything recently?

I think flashing any BIOS will not do much since it worked and then stopped.
 

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1st off, No i didnt install SP2, I did before and yea it crashed me, I had to reinstall Windows XP with SP1, but thats long gone

ok, heres more decribtion of what happens:
TUrn on PC, get to log in window, logs in, every perfect....
then after about... 5-10 minutes, BAM! everything freezes, wierd part is that I can still hear sounds, like as if an error message pops up, today i haerd someone logging off of AIM after the freese happened.

I have to manualy turn it off by holding the power switch, then when i turn it back on again. Sometimes right after I do this, it freezes at the screen where it says "DELL" and upper right hand corner says F2-Enter SEtup, F8-do something else(i forgot what) freezes with bar 80% full, once It did it with bar 99% full

then I have to manualy turn it off again, turn it back on, then it works normal again. thats when i get to desktop and get the error message, which it then crashes again like I said before in 5-10 minutes or so.

I recieved the PC as a gift in late of 2003, only thing new recently is a Network Card, b/c after I reformatted (6 months ago or so) it wouldnt work for internet at all (it has an internal network card) so i used another one, and it worked fine.
 
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you could try updating the driver or reinstalling it. it might have gone bad.
 

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i got the answere from a friend about 3 days ago, turns out it was overheating, so it shut itself down to prevent damage from itself.

I took it out, cleans it, ran it with it open and a fan blowing in it, no problems since
 
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