Faulty Graphics Card?

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  1. SadR0bot

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    Hello,

    I built a PC for my brother a couple of weeks ago.

    550W Seasonic S-12 80 + efficiency 12cm fan, Active PFC
    ASUS P5B-E iP965
    1Gb (2X512Mb) Corsair TwinX XMS2 DDR2 PC5400 (667)
    256MB Gainward 7900GS Bliss Golden Sample PCI-E

    Everything has been ok so far, had a couple of problems running oblivion but I out this down to the nvidia drivers being buggy. Today (christmas day) he got Medieval Total War and about 5 mins into playing it crashed.

    On reboot the screen is corrupted right from the start and although it will boot into safe mode, it will not boot normally. The screen corruption is present at all times, on boot up it takes the form of weird characters in different colours. In windows (safe mode) there are loads of horizontal dotted lines.

    My first initial thoughts are that it is the graphics card and I would appreciate it if someone could give their opinions on it?
     
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    Do you get the artefacts on the screen when you're in the BIOS?

    Can you log on to windows normally? How far do you get in the normal boot procedure?

    Jez
     
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    Yeah the corruption is there right from the post screen and in the bios. Booting up normally I think the point where it fails is where its setting the resolution 1280x1024. Running in safe mode (VGA) it boots into windows. The artifacts are still there though as I said as a series of horizontally aligned noise.
     
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    When I say it doesnt boot normally, I suppose it could be that I just dont get any video from a certain point onwards, just a black screen.
     
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    Well my bet is that it's a graphics card problem then. You could try running the monitor off the onboard graphics on the motherboard (if there are any), and seeing if the problem solves. I hope the picture isn't so bad you can't direct yourself around the BIOS to turn the inbuilt graphics on!

    If you don't have onboard graphics, then the only real thing you can do is to get another card and try it out. If you have one from your PC or a friends that would be OK - or you could buy a really old one from eBay for £10 or so.

    Hope this helps

    Jezzer
     
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    Yeah unforunately there is no onboard graphics and the only other cards I have are AGP. I suppose I will just have to wait for Scan to open again, next fecking Tuesday!
     
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    Hi i have exactly the same problem as you can you tell me what you did to
    resolve the issue

    many thanks
     

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