Is my graphics card dead.

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  1. bob1

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    Yesturday i was doing a bit of window shopping on ebay and the computer crashed,when i reset it the dos screens on bootup didn't look very good,there were some strange looking characters with some bright parts and lighter parts to it, it then got up to the pale blue screen and then just went black.I tried rebooting a few times before trying to boot up in safe mode which worked,it told me that there was a fault with my graphics card and to reinstall the drivers,which i did but its still the same.I'm now running without the card installed which gives me basic graphics but i'm getting vertical lines down the screen in places with certain colours.
    Is it dead? or it it something else.
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    can you do a screen print for us mate?
     
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    Sorry to be so thick but how do i do that.
     
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    when the problem is on screen, press the 'prt scr' key, open up ms paint and press 'ctrl + C'.
    save it as a jpeg and you will need to upload it somewhere, use http://imageshack.us/ to do that and then post the link to the image
    :)
     
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    1: press the print:screen:sysrq button on your keyboard, it should be located right next to F12 ;)

    2: open microsoft paint and click edit, then click paste

    3: save the file (assuming the picture appeared in paint)
     
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    Think you mean CTRL+V :smashin:
     
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    yeah sorry :suicide:
     
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    Sorry guys that didn't work at all, i messed around with the settings and the pc won't boot up at all, i have put another harddrive in and it works (graphics still same) ,i think i will need to reformat the harddrive but need to get some inportant emails of it first,i have the hard drive set as a second drive but can't find the emails, does anyone know where i should look.
    As for the graphics card the fan is not working ,either the fan as broke and the chip as burnt out or there is no power getting to the card.
    I should get the new card tomorrow with a bit of luck.
    Thanks.
     
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    Depends what Email software you were using.

    If it was Outlook Express (god help you) try:-
    c:\ (or whatever drive windows resides on)
    Documents and Settings
    Username (your username)
    Application Data
    Identities
    GUID Identifier (random string like {3B0FA092-2222-1111-A1B2-111A1AA1AAA11}
    Microsoft
    Outlook Express

    And look for .DBX and .WAB files

    If it was Full Outlook try:-
    c:\ (or whatever drive windows resides on)
    Documents and Settings
    Username (your username)
    Application Data
    Microsoft
    Outlook

    And look for .PST and .PAB files
     
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    Thanks guys, it was the graphics card ,looks like the fan failed, the new card works fine.:smashin:
     

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