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Video Card caused major issues?

by Marc985 / June 24, 2006 10:06 AM PDT

Heres what happened.

I left my computer on while I went out to the doctor. Come back and I notice the computer has frozen. I look into the case (which I can open, but dust free for cooling) and notice that the fan on the video had just fallen off. Causing the video card to obviously overheat. (it was left on for over an hour, and i have no idea when in that time period the fan fell off) So I take the card out.

About a day later I wanted to see if the rest of the computer was ok, so i pluged the card in and started it up. First try the fans came on but no boot up at all...After a couple more trys the BIOS came up with a message saying BIOS ROM CHECKSUM Error.

So I went into BIOS to have a look and tried to set everything back to default, which was triky because the video card wasn't displaying everything.

restart and now ever since nothing.....fans just come out, and i hear the cd drives start up but no boot up at all....any suggestions or possible explainations?

Microsoft windows XP home SP2
AMD Athlon 2600+
1.25gig PC2100 ram
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
Asus A7N8X mobo


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The most obvious....
by Michael Geist / June 24, 2006 10:13 AM PDT

guess would be a bad video card. Replace with another to test.

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tried it
by Marc985 / June 24, 2006 11:15 AM PDT
In reply to: The most obvious....

tried it...same problem.....nothing on startup

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I usually associate checksum error with battery problem.
by Art / June 24, 2006 5:47 PM PDT

Although your computer seem fairly new, I would suggest replacing it anyway..or at least check it. Battery is fairly inexpensive (less than $5?).

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by Marc985 / June 25, 2006 12:33 AM PDT

What do you mean by battery? Computers have batterys?

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by chuckieu / June 25, 2006 3:28 AM PDT
In reply to: battery?

It is what keeps the BIOS data when computer is off or unplugged. They may vary, but every motherboard I've ever had used a 2032 ($2 at Fry's). It will be a flat 1 inch
battery. Be sure to ground yourself before putting your
hand in a (shutdown) computer. You'll have to reset your BIOS settings after doing this. Usually only time unless
you don't use the default setting, but record settingson paper before shutdown. chuck

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an update
by Marc985 / June 26, 2006 4:09 AM PDT

I have a tried a new AGP card..nothing no bootup..tried the battery..didnt work....next thing something my cousin suggested....get a PCI card and try to see it it'll boot up...he claims the AGP bus may be gone so a PCI card may work. He says if the motherbaord is powering up, and all drives powering up then the board is most likely fine...its jsut the AGP slot that got trashed..oh well ill see wat happens...just have to get a hold of a pci card.

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