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Graphics Card Problem

Soldato
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For 2 days my display had lines over it when starting, and colour messups/lines in windows (especially when I was trying to watch a film/video clip). The lines were 'perfect' dashes in the starting stages of the pc booting up, they looked like - - - - - - - dashes across my screen. When it got to the windows loading screen, there were lots of blue lines all over it.

Sometimes I could start up my pc and the lines wouldn't be there, but most times they were there.

Today, my pc was not able to reach windows correctly. I started up my pc sometimes, and listened to the graphics card fan making some sort of harsh sound. I took the card out, cleaned it out of all dust (using canned air), even dismantelling the whole thing.

After that, I put it back into my pc and started up. It still had the lines on the screen. I turned off the power and put it back on, and then it did reach windows without having any lines on the screen (yay), but!

As soon as it got into windows, possibly 10 seconds of logging in, the pc restarted itself (It did this every time).

After that, I went into BIOS and went into CMOS (or something), and enabled something like 'startup windows using default configeration'.. or.. 'startup using last configeration'.

I restarted pc, it gets to the window after the motherboard loading screen.. where it says... HDD S.M.A.R.T ABILITY - DISABLED.. etc etc.. It has a lot of lists of writing and numbers. Normally, at the bottom left of the screen, it has writing (I forget what it says), but now it doesn't.

It gets past this screen, and no signal to monitor... and my screen just goes black.. (Pc is still running).

So now I cannot even get into windows..

Motherboard : DFI Lanparty SLI-DR
Graphics Card: Leadtek 6800GT
 
Soldato
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Initially seems like the RAM on the graphics card is failing.

Can you stick in another graphics card to see what results you get?

By the way how old is that 6800GT?
 
Associate
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other possibilities; graphics card RAM either failing, overclocked, too hot as the fan has failed, or the extra power cable has come loose, or that slot is dead.
 
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Soldato
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i posted this for a mate, the graphics card is about 2-3 years old i think, i know he doesn't overclock it. ill tell him to try another gfx card.
 
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