Dumb question about graphics card (to start with)

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by SmileyFace, Sep 17, 2005.

  1. SmileyFace

    SmileyFace Guest

    New kid on the block, please be gentle.

    How would I know if I'd fried my graphics card? I assume nothing on the
    monitor would be a big clue. Well, that's what I've got. Don't have
    another card I could try to test the theory.

    Have just fitted a new second drive and tower case, all else is as before.
    Booted into Windows (XP Home SP2) fine yesterday, ran OK, shut down
    overnight and today it didn't want to, safe mode or otherwise. Tried
    booting from XP CD but no joy. Now I can't even get to POST. Or at least
    that's how it looks, since the monitor remains blank. Tried both DVI and
    D-SUB, no difference. Monitor itself is OK.

    In desperation, re-fitted old drive, removed all peripherals but monitor,
    k/b and mouse, double and triple-checked all connections. All looks well,
    but when I switch on I get power and HDD LEDs, fans and nothing more.

    If the card _is_ fried, how might I have done that? All I did with it was
    take it out, blow off the dust and put it back carefully. Is it symptomatic
    of something else wrong or am I barking up the wrong tree?

    I wouldn't have started doing this job solo if I hadn't had to. I'm not a
    _complete_ fool (but I will be if I keep doing stuff like this).

    More detail available on request. Any insight gratefully received.

    SmileyFace, Sep 17, 2005
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  2. SmileyFace

    SmileyFace Guest

    Thanks, Graham. Graphics card problem eliminated, checked the above and
    every other connection very thoroughly today. Can now get to POST but not
    Windows, will have a lurk in the appropriate froup while googling furiously.

    Looking suspiciously like inexperience and overconfidence in daylight. Will
    recover, have a Plan B. :)

    SmileyFace, Sep 19, 2005
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