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Graphics card possibly dead. Help!

by FrozenRogue / September 11, 2012 8:40 AM PDT

Recently I was having issues with my graphics card, so thanks to some help from Yahoo Answers I uninstalled, then reinstalled my graphics card drivers. In the middle of the installation my monitor went blank. I assumed this was part of the setup and waited for a good 20 minutes before shutting down my desktop. When I restarted, unlike what my monitor usually does (Search all types of ports for connection till it finds my computer) my monitor just went straight into sleep mode. My computer cannot reach safemode or anything either. It does not show anything. The monitor is not reading my video card. It is not the monitor. I tested it with another desktop and it works fine. I also tried reseting my BIOS. It didn't change anything. I left the battery out for a good 30 minutes. No change.

I'm guessing my graphics card died but i'm not sure. It's fan is still humming when I power the desktop on. Is there anything I can do? My video card is this

Please help!!

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That card is very power hungry.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 11, 2012 8:45 AM PDT

Can you tell more about the PC such as make, model and fine details about the power supply?

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My PC is custom built.
by FrozenRogue / September 11, 2012 8:49 AM PDT
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PSU is up to the task.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 11, 2012 10:26 AM PDT

It's all plugged in (you did check that the power connections and the card is plugged in nicely) so does this machine have onboard video we can try?

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No onboard, plugs are good.
by FrozenRogue / September 12, 2012 5:43 AM PDT
In reply to: PSU is up to the task.

Everything is plugged in. The card does turn on (Hence the fan). Unfortunately the motherboard I have does not have an onboard video card.

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Forgot to add a few things.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 11, 2012 10:36 AM PDT

I've seen a few machines fail like this when there is some USB thing plugged in or a memory card in a card reader.

To avoid that, unplug all USB things and memory cards, sticks and USB drives.

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Thank you!
by FrozenRogue / September 12, 2012 6:02 AM PDT

This fixed the not starting up problem! Thank you so much!

Now that the system has started up, I am experiencing a few strange problems. My date was set to January 1st, 2011. My antivirus (ESET) is asking me to update it, when I do it says its updated but a few seconds later says it is not updated, my system is not secure.. ect. Also, whenever I attempt to connect to I get a security error telling me my my servers certificate is invalid. Does this have anything to do with the fact I tried to reset my BIOS by taking out and putting back in my CMOS battery?

Not sure if you can help me out with any of this stuff, I thought I might as well ask.
Thanks so much again!

- Sebastian

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When the date/time is too far off
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 12, 2012 6:05 AM PDT
In reply to: Thank you!

You'll see problems like that. Try putting the CMOS battery back in and then setting the date/time in the BIOS then reboot and retest.

And yes, pulling the battery does cause the date/time to reset. Pretty easy to set on most machines.

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Worked, still the antivirus issue.
by FrozenRogue / September 12, 2012 7:03 AM PDT

That worked. Thank you!
My antivirus is still doing the same thing though. It says it needs to be updated, after clicking update it says its fine, a few seconds later the same needing to be updated message comes up. The antivirus is ESET:NOD32 Antivirus 5.

Again, not sure if you can help me out with this issue.



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When my antivirus gets in a loop like that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 12, 2012 9:13 AM PDT

I've lost count of the old uninstall, install method to help it out of its funk.

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