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My PC died...

poshnialloposhniallo Registered User regular
edited August 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
So, my main pc, a desktop running Windows XP, suddenly froze. I rebooted it using the power button, but windows doesn't load - I get a windows logo come up, but it's corrupted by some vertical lines, and then the screen goes dark.

What is the problem likely to be? The graphics card is dead or something? I'm medium clueless about PCs - the most I've ever done is put a new graphics card in (years ago, so that's not thide problem) or some RAM.

Any ideas would be very welcome.

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    TopweaselTopweasel Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    poshniallo wrote: »
    So, my main pc, a desktop running Windows XP, suddenly froze. I rebooted it using the power button, but windows doesn't load - I get a windows logo come up, but it's corrupted by some vertical lines, and then the screen goes dark.

    What is the problem likely to be? The graphics card is dead or something? I'm medium clueless about PCs - the most I've ever done is put a new graphics card in (years ago, so that's not thide problem) or some RAM.

    Any ideas would be very welcome.

    It seems like it is probably a graphical issue. Usually if you see artifacts that early into post its not a good sign.

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    matt has a problemmatt has a problem Points to 'off' Points to 'on'Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Try unseating and re-seating both the video card and RAM.

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    ErandusErandus Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Could be overheating as well. Check the temp on your cpu in the BIOS.

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    poshnialloposhniallo Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I checked the GPU and RAM, reseated them. Cleaned the dust out (there was lots in the CPU fan).

    I can get it to run in safe mode, but the graphics are corrupted, mostly by groups of vertical lines.

    As this PC is an old compact/lowprofile box, and I really don't like it much, I guess I will sell the parts and get a new one.

    <sigh>

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    FiggyFiggy Fighter of the night man Champion of the sunRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    This could be as simple as a driver issue. Use another PC to look for the latest driver for your video card and install it using safe mode. If that doesn't work, you can try another video card.

    If this is a really old PC, you could pick up a replacement card for under $50. It doesn't sound like you're particularly excited about buying a brand new computer, so maybe try that first. If it doesn't work, you can just take it back.

    Also, if your computer is several years old, save yourself the hassle of parting it out and either give it away to a friend/family member or chuck it. Computer hardware loses its re-sale value fairly quickly, and after more than perhaps two years, it's borderline worthless.

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    warbanwarban Who the Hoof do you think we are? Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    When you take the graphic card out check the cilinders on the card. (No idea what you call them)

    Check to see if any of them have a raised head. If one of them has exploded and poped its top your graphic card is basicly stuffed.

    Same with the motherboard if you can find them all.

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    BlindZenDriverBlindZenDriver Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    poshniallo wrote: »
    I can get it to run in safe mode, but the graphics are corrupted, mostly by groups of vertical lines.<sigh>

    You could get a 2nd hand graphics card. By the sound it chances are you can "buy" it for a couple of beers or a pizza.

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    TK-42-1TK-42-1 Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    warban wrote: »
    When you take the graphic card out check the cilinders on the card. (No idea what you call them)

    Check to see if any of them have a raised head. If one of them has exploded and poped its top your graphic card is basicly stuffed.

    Same with the motherboard if you can find them all.

    theyre capacitors. does your motherboard have onboard video? if so, try hooking it up and booting with that running. (take your vid card out). if its still garbled you might have a bad cable to your monitor. if its not, then it's your video card.

    also, clean out the fans on your power supply if you havent already. PSUs tend to burn out and stop providing enough power to do what your computer needs it to

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