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    Is my Graphics card gone?

    Question for someone here would be into computers and know a little about this.

    I got back in town late last night and my computer had wavy lines all through it and was stuck on the screen saver. So I hard powered down and it started to reboot, the motherboard posted but with lots of random text everywhere flashing and with blue lines all throughout the screen. I went in safe mode and it booted, wiped the drivers and nvidia software, reinstalled the current setup and with the same results. I am not even sure it ever finished installing I think it just got stuck. The card has a lifetime warenty and is a EVGA 9800GT, so I was hoping someone here who is into computers would know before I went through the trouble of RMA and getting rejected.

    If pictures would help I can take a couple and post them.

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    Is there any way you could test another card in your system? Borrow one from a freind,co worker? Or bring your card to a local computer store and have them check it out. How old is the 9800GT series?

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    I have an old 5600 but my motherboard doesnt support something that old. The 9 series was new about 2-3 years ago, I may take it by the local comp store and just have them plug it in and see if it is toast, I dont know of anyone around here who would even have a computer and that could support this card, I'll look around.

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    It kinda sounds like the card is gone,but I'm no expert(I have gone through half a dozen cards in the last 8 years,ATI fan boy BTW).The fan on one of my 5770's is dying after only 2 years and my warranty expired a year ago.
    That's the thing with video cards,they don't last forever and something better/faster comes out as soon as you buy one. Definitely take advantage of EVGA's lifetime warranty if you can.

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    I plan on seeing how long it will take, I dont know if I can go without my rig for that long. They will probably send me an upgrade because they dont usually keep the cards instock when they move onto the better tech and this card was on the higher end of their lineup when I got it. Not the most expensive but on up there, I guess we will see how it works out.

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    If the graphics works in safe mode, then there is something probably wrong with your drivers. You could possibly create a ubuntu live cd and boot from that and see if everything works. If it does then there is definitely something wrong with your software.
    "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." --Albert Einstein

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    I can install new drivers and such but cant seem to get it to finalize on restart, frustrating. Maybe tech support knows things. Good idea about linux, I could make a boot disc if my computer worked, dang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rahimlee54 View Post
    I can install new drivers and such but cant seem to get it to finalize on restart, frustrating. Maybe tech support knows things. Good idea about linux, I could make a boot disc if my computer worked, dang.
    Use safe mode with networking and download the Ubuntu live CD. You don't need to install it.
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    So far in my 7 year old dell I've replace a sound and video card. A lot of background noise on the speakers was a clue to the sound card and the video was similar to what you described. Now I also have Nvidia though an older model the GForce 6800 but mine was the cooling fan on the card stopped working and it was over heating. Dell replaced it no charge but that was years ago. I hope to replace this machine next February.
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    If you are displaying accurate graphics during safe mood and boot up, I wouldn't bet on the graphics card being spoilt. If it is wonky you normally either get no visual output at all, or inconsistent graphics quality that is on-again-off-again. Not usually a consistent problem at a consistent stage.

    I would guess it was your motherboard giving you problems. Or the CPU itself overheating? Not much to go on, but if it were my setup, I would:
    1)Reapply thermal paste to the CPU/Fan contact point after degunking the whole fan of dust bunnies- try it again
    2)Run it up in safe mode with a full install of your choice of OS
    3)If you can't complete step two, borrow a cheap graphics card from a buddy who has one lying around. Most of the old cards, the modern PCs are legacy enabled. So you can at least finish setup, even if you can't run anything much with it.
    4) If you don't have a buddy with a spare Graphics card, pop yours out and bring it to a friend's. If you can get his setup to work with your card, then you'll eliminate that as the problem.

    Sorry there are no certain fixes with this one. I had a computer that was problematic once, went through like 2 repair stops after me and five buddies tried everything we could on it (ran down the entire list of what was possibly wrong)... I finally figured out that it was the reset switch wire that was shorting, causing it to reset at random intervals (no visible degradation of wires) so... the ghost in the machine could be from nearly anywhere.

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