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Computer screen turns blue/purple/pink then crashes

by verisimilitudes / November 24, 2013 7:00 PM PST

My older desktop is a HP Pavilion Elite m9150f PC still running Vista. I do not know the specs but it's product number KC880AA. I hardly ever use it but I was on it last week and it starting turning blue/purple/pink and freezing. I was playing an old Sims game on it and thought it was the game so I just installed it and let it be. I tried using it tonight and it started doing it again then crashing (blue screen). Now it will not even get to the log in screen, it crashes before then. I ran a system recovery to factory settings, but it still will not make it to the log in screen. Since about 2008 or 2009 it has said one of the drives had a smart event I never did anything about it and I don't know if that could have anything to do with it. Any help would be greatly appreciated I'm not very computer savvy if you cannot tell.

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Re: crash
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 24, 2013 7:04 PM PST

This looks like it needs a new graphic card. If you have a shop install it for you, it's less than $100.
But with a failing disk add another $75 to replace that.

I doubt if the machine is worth so much money.


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by verisimilitudes / November 24, 2013 7:14 PM PST
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Thank you, I didn't know a failing graphic card could cause the system to crash. I doubt it's worth spending that much money on it too. Oh well. Thanks again.

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I agree with Kees, however
by Jimmy Greystone / November 24, 2013 10:58 PM PST
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I agree with Kees, however, given the age of the unit it's probably worth at least taking some compressed air to the innards and seeing if that helps. You could just have one massively clogged up fan or something simple. If that doesn't solve it, you're only out a small amount of money for some compressed air and a little time.

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by verisimilitudes / November 25, 2013 12:06 PM PST

Thanks for your suggestion, I'll definitely try doing that.

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I agree with Jimmy
by itsdigger / November 25, 2013 4:23 PM PST
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and also , you can pick up the usual 5450 graphics card sometimes pretty reasonably , a little canned air and a dab of thermal paste and you have a machine that you can squeeze a few more years out of....Digger

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