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Graphics card or Virus?

by freshcongaeel / April 6, 2012 11:32 AM PDT

Hi there,
I have had the blue screen off death suddenly rear it's ugly head recently. I simply clicked on a link in Firefox and my PC just blue screened and is now looking like this: (pics in link)

The start screen is looking like gibberish and in safe mode you can see the red squiggly lines. I can't start in normal mode. It just shuts-down. My question is should I first try to reinstall windows or do I purchase a new video card? Or is it a more issue. i.e Motherboard etc?

Any help would be must appreciated.

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I'd try another video card.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 6, 2012 1:44 PM PDT

It's sad the current card is not known. Some like that 8400/8600 are well publicized.

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Will upgrade card.
by freshcongaeel / April 6, 2012 3:14 PM PDT

Apologies. It's a nVidia 8800 gtx. It does reek of a malfunctioned card. I needed to upgrade anyway so will get a new one. And replace the OS to Windows 7 64 bit. Currently Vista 32bit. Thanks for the reply.

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2+ year old 8800's are dying out there.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 7, 2012 12:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Will upgrade card.
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thanks for the link
by freshcongaeel / April 7, 2012 12:25 PM PDT

New card here I come.

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Swap out video cards
by Willy / April 7, 2012 1:48 AM PDT

Like to add, get another video card to help resolve this. Don't do any OS installs or swap OS, until you have the video problem resolved, otherwise, you'll be complicating it all.

If you have a decent PC case, be sure it's cooling well. Video cards are a enmorous source of heat and they are known to destruct due to poor manufacturing or comprised cooling, so pay attention to all this. Alas, a new video card should be well supported a great PSU as well for a good overall match. Heat always finds the weakest link in a PC, so cooling is important.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Good advice
by freshcongaeel / April 7, 2012 12:30 PM PDT
In reply to: Swap out video cards

I was going to do both at the same time. I'll get the new card in first. I understand all I have to do is remove the old card from the device manager. I'm looking at the nVidia GTX 560. I have the Dell XPS 420 case. I think the PSU is big enough. The 8800 is a long card so size shouldn't be an issue.
Thanks again

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