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Bad Video CArd ?

by dell8100guy / August 16, 2004 10:15 AM PDT

Hello all, I have been browsing the forum and everyone seems so helpful, I decided to ask my question.

I have a dell8100 desktop that is approx. 3&1/2 years old. It has a Nvidia 32mb ddr graphics card.
The problem I am expieriencing happened out of the blue, I used the pc a few hours earlier and all was fine.
I have a dim display and horozontal lines , some colors red,green,blue are very bright and fluorescent looking.
What I have done to attempt to correct the situation:
*tried a different monitor
*downloaded new Nvidia drivers
*system restore
*changed screen resolution
*changed refresh rate
*full system virus scan
*scandisc and defrag
*removed and reseated the video card severel times

Everything else is working fine. Does this mean I should go buy a new video card and if so, any recommendations?

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Re: Bad Video CArd ?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 16, 2004 11:04 AM PDT
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Re: Bad Video CArd ?
by jansseba / August 17, 2004 2:50 PM PDT
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It seems that Nvidia went a little cheap on their TNT line of cards that came out about that time. This happened to me on my TNT2 and when i looked it up i found many, many people complaining of the problem which sounds similar to yours, with horizontal gray streaks running out from shaded areas of the screen. I believe i read that some capacitor or other likes to burn out on these cards. If your card is a TNT then my guess is it's time for a new card.

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Re: Bad Video CArd ?
by dell8100guy / August 18, 2004 2:42 AM PDT
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Thankyou both for the replies.
My card is a Geforce2 GTS
I'm going to buy a new card on friday and I'll let you
know how it goes, thanx again Happy

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Re: Bad Video CArd ?
by eyeglass101 / August 18, 2004 12:50 PM PDT
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So weird, I was just hoping to find out about upgrading my dell 8100's video card when I saw this. I haven't had problems but just want something with more power. Tell me how your new card works out for you. Good luck.


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Re: Bad Video CArd ?
by dell8100guy / August 31, 2004 12:10 PM PDT
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Hi, I was running a little short on cash so I won't be buying the new card until friday.

Here is a list that I aquired at dells forum .
I can not vouch for the reliability of this list,
but these are the cards that are said to be compatible with the dell pc's

Dimension 4500, 4550, 4600, 4700, 8100, 8200, 8250, 8300 (AGP video cards) =
GeForce FX 6800 Ultra (you might need to move the hard disk drive cage due to the card length and upgrade the power supply from the 250w)
Radeon X800 XT
GeForce FX 6800 GT (you might need to move the hard disk drive cage due to the card length)
Radeon X800 Pro
GeForce FX 6800
Radeon X800 SE
Radeon 9800 XT
Radeon 9800 Pro
Radeon X600 XT
Radeon X600 Pro
GeForce FX 5950
GeForce FX 5900
Radeon 9700
Radeon 9600 XT
Radeon 9600 Pro
GeForce FX 5750
GeForce FX 5700
Radeon 9600 SE

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