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Monitor randomly dies/video card probs

Question: Monitor randomly dies/video card probs

Yet another problem with my peice of crap i call the "computer".

I got a new monitor at xmas, hoping to solve the problems i was haveing with my old one too no avail however.

Sometimes when im playing games etc it just looses the signal from the computer. Im using a 9800 pro 128MB graphics card, and cant understand why this is happening. The computer is still running fine though. It just wont display anything. Why could this be? I only got the card 3 months ago, it shoudlnt be doing this. It also at random intervals decides to artifact and under both circumstances i have to switch off for a while and wait before it will work again.

Things ive checked.

The card i sseated properly.
uninstalled it and reinstalled it
using latest drivers.
Using Direct X 9c
On board VGA automatically disables when AGP card is plugged in.
when uninstalled it seems to run fine from the motherboard connection (Hence im thinking dodgy card)
The car dis connected to the power supply as is nescessary.

Im totally stumped here. I can live with the situation but its not ideal, especially whe im playing gamesa and it just dies on me. Its as though the card is stopping sending the signal to my monitor.

Could this be a dodgy card? If so who do i contact about it? The place i bought the card from, or the manufacturer??

Any help would be great. Thanks.

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I've had this laptop over a year now, and just recently I've noticed when I leave it on a while and come back, either the audio of the entire laptop will die, or online videos just won't play. After restarting it goes back to normal until a few hours later when it happens again. I'm not sure what to do here. Can anyone help me out?

Answer:Audio/Video randomly dies?

You are not alone with this problem, since the last windows 8 update there is sound problems with a lot of PCs. You can try this quick solution here :

You just need to enter to the Control Panel -> security and System -> System -> Device Manager

Then look for "sound, video and game controllers" put the cursor over it press right-click and select "scan for hardware changes"

3 secs after that you will have your sound working again, you gonna need to repeat this procedure every time the sound is gone in your PC and till now it always worked to me.

This should solve your problem for now, we need to wait for Microsoft's next windows 8 update, it hopefully will fix the problem in a more permanent way.


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I recently changed the Catalyst Control Center settings (can't remember exact changes) and now my screen goes black for 2-3 seconds at a time randomly. I removed the display driver and Catalyst Control Center and let Windows Update install a new version on a reboot. I've had the card for many years with no problem like this before.

How can I erase the entire video driver/software configuration and re-install it to get back to normal?

Thanks in advance,


Answer:Monitor flashes black screen randomly with Raedon HD4670 video card

Quote: Originally Posted by badbigdad

How can I erase the entire video driver/software configuration and re-install it to get back to normal?

Assuming you have the current Catalyst driver downloaded for your "legacy" HD4670 and ready for use in a reinstall, one clean way to remove all existing AMD software and drivers guaranteed is to use "Driver Fusion" from Treexy (this used to be called "Driver Sweeper").

It comes in a free version, and there also is a non-free premium version. The free version is sufficient to remove everything for the supported audio and video vendors, including of course AMD, nVidia and Intel on the video side.

You click on "Maintenance", and then "Driver Family", then "Display", then "AMD". Follow the "delete" process from there, and when it completes you reboot. You've now completely removed every trace of AMD, including from the Registry.

You can now reinstall your Catalyst driver from scratch.

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So i just got my pc repaired because the power supply got busted, but now it seems that the graphics card is malfunctioning. What would happen is when using the pc the monitor would just go black sometimes. Because of this i have to plug the monitor to the motherboard just to do some homework. I dont know how to fix it, waiting seems to be a solution. It just fixes itself randomly. Sometimes when i turn it on while plugged to the graphics card it works, and other times it doesnt. Also this did happen before the power supply broke. I dont know if it is connected to the broken psu or not.
Gpu is an hd 5670
Psu i think has 600 watts

EDIT:Also the computer is very dusty inside. Uncleaned for 2 years because I am really scared that I may break parts inside when I attempt to clean it

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Question: Video card probs

Alright...some of the games i have been playing started to lag a bit, so i tried to update my driver (ATI Mobility 9000) from ATI's website. Upon install, i got an INF not found error. Thinking it could have been a direct x problem or something i checked DXdiag. While it was loading I got a memory dump...problem was atiduag.dll. I found a good driver from and installed that, thinking it fixed my atiduag problem, i tried to run bloodrayne and i got the same memory dump. Anyone got any ideas. I unistalled the driver before i tried the ATI's site driver for the second time. I dont know if i did it right. So i guess help me to unistall it right, and two, any ideas about this atiduag.dll buisness

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Question: video card probs

i recently installed a Zalman heatsink on my Radeon 9600 XT (profile), and since then i've been experiencing choppy gameplay during games. in games like Call of Duty or Far Cry, i experience laggy gameplay when encountered with a large enviornment (especially the jungles of Far Cry). should i reinstall my drivers? reapply some thermal compound? i have been overclocking it recently, but this does not solve the problem. the temp on ATI Tools says that the temp on my card is 44 degress, i know thats not hot. does anybody have any suggestions?

Answer:video card probs

You use arctic silver? Make sure none of the thermal paste is not touching any solder points.

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I have a GeForce 2 mx/mx400 video card in a athlon 1700 xp running windoes xp home, with a new KDS VS-190is 19 inch monitor. For some reason every since I added new monitor, I cant run high ress, well anything over 800x600 & no 3d accel. when I do it locks up.Do I need a new video card? Is mine not capable of handeling high ress 19 inch?Can anyone help me out with this problem??? I have updated all my drivers, even checked my video card, looks good & says its working properly.

Answer:Video card probs???

well fella check the specs for your geforce, do it support you resoluttion? if you dont know go to the nvidia website and find out, also check the setting for the monitor in you video card, righ click the desktop and click properties/ advance, change the resolution for the one that your monitor support.

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Question: video card probs

I recently bought a geforce 2 gts (chaintech board) and when i install it the monitor powers down after the splash screen.
I have PIII 800, 256 megs, 250w power supply, on biostar motherboard, which is flashed to most recent update. I reinstalled the orignal banshee and all works well again. Also put the new geforce in two other computers and all is well there. I tried several different drivers and some keep actually running the hard drive but still powers down the monitor. I also pulled every other card out and formatted with a fresh install of w98se.
This card does not like this computer why? Any help is greatly appreciated

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Hi all

Having recently got a Geforce FX 5200, which seems to be working great for games, I have found that video playback no longer seems to work properly. The colours all seem off and a bit fuzzy.

I installed the latest Nvidia drivers when I got the card, so I'm not sure what I should do now.

Any suggestions?


Answer:new 3d card. Video playback probs

That could very well be a driver issue as I've had the same problem. This driver works for me very well, give it a try if you have XP.
If that happens to be the driver you are using, try a different one.

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My friend and I love playing the game Diablo 2 Lod, But almost every time we start the game the screen will go blank and restart. Also when we minimize the game it does the same thing. My video Card is the ATI 9700 All-In-Wonder. I have already updated the driver. Can someone help?

Answer:Game probs with video card

This needs to be moved to Games forum.

read this thread (it might just solve all your problems):

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Hello,  I recently purchased 3 new additions for my slimline pc for an upgrade to play more games on steam and out of boredom.1. 420w power supply2. 4gb RAM card (8gbs total now)3. Gigabyte Geforce Gtx 750tiand my boredom has created a headache as I am not as tech savvy as i thought. Plug the card in it fits and snaps into place, power on and gpu fan spins then screen reachs the blue screen then 1 beep noise is heard and is stuck on said screen. I will try to as helpful as possible and try to answer as quickly as i can. Previous card was a gt 520 that works and have had for past 2 years.

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Hi98SE , nvidia geforce FX5200I removed the above display adapter in device manager when the display went pot after coming out of DOS mode.On reboot Windows recognises the new hardware and proceeds to load the drivers for it without prompting. It looks in the CD drive and loads the drivers even though there is no CD in the drive.Then it asks if I want to restart. If i do so Windows wont start and I have to remove the card again in safe mode.If I hit 'no I dont want to restart', Windows carries on using its own drivers - 256 colours 640 mode.( which is what i'm in now)If I now try to remove the card in Device Manager the PC freezes.I can restart and get these settings. But if I load the drivers into Windows from the autorun Driver CD it restarts with a variety of dramatic display faults.Does anyone know how to break this cycle, please.

Answer:Probs installing video card drivers

Get the latest drivers here click hereLoad in safe mode, remove the old drivers if needed, and the device in device manager (fingers crossed it doesn't freeze, if it does leave it alone), restart and see if it allows you to get into Windows to extract and run the NVidia drivers. Make sure your anti-virus software is disabled during installation.

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My system:
j tx98b motherboard
cyrix 300 cpu
48mb ram
win 98

Trying to install matrix millenium II 2d/3d card. Problem - system boots but after desktop with icons shows for 2 seconds, screen goes blank and monitor goes into standby mode (green power light goes orange)

Will open in safe mode. I have reset the jumpers for "internal vga selection" to disable. Have removed old vga drivers (SiS something) from device manager and checked matrix device driver is present but this has not helped. Can anyone help?

Answer:{RESOLVED} Install video card probs

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Hi folks, any help would be appreciated here.

Problem is my wife's few years old Toshiba laptop running 64 bit Win7 Home. Boots fine through Win7 password entry, but soon after that it shuts down - as if it was a desktop unit and the plug was pulled. It just clicks off. It runs fine in safe mode, so I initially suspected malware - something loading late in the boot process that was causing a crash. Malwarebytes and Spybot were on the desktop, so I manually updated them and ran them. Spybot found some cookies it didn't like, MWB listed a few minor things and a trojan. I killed the cookies, quarantined and then deleted the MWB entries and figured I was done.

Wrong. Problem persists. I've take the steps in the read/run first and attached logs to this post. Most look pretty clear. So, not sure if I have a malware/SW issue, or something more HW related (it is an old laptop thats suffered long abuse). The MWB log is from a follow-on scan and does not show the few items I found on the original scan - sorry about that. Does MWB have an archive of previous reports I could dig into?

Thanks for any help you can offer!

Answer:Help Please - Malware Probs? Win7 laptop dies during boot

Your problems did not sound like malware and your logs agree since they are basically clean. I suggest that you use a tool like MSconfig to allow various startup process/services to run selectively to see if you can zero in on what process/service/driver is have a problem. You can attempt to work non-malware problems like this in the software forum.

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linked to antoher thread on this board. Everyone stopped trying to help there and I need help ...

Maybe this is a hardware issue?

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You can test the PSU with a multimeter. Do a search on the web and you will find info on how to do this. Also, make sure the memory you put in is good. Download memtest. You'll need to put it on a bootable floppy. Then boot from the floppy and run it. It will run continously. Leave that running overnight. If it is the memory it will tell you. And if it is a problem with Winxp you'll know it because the system won't have locked up. If it does lock up the problem isn't Winxp. But rather a hardware issue.

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Before i start, I am Running:

WinXP-Pro, Service Pack 3
2.22 GHz Athlon 64 3500+ Processor
2 Gigs of RAM
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT Graphics Card

What appears to happen is that once in a blue moon, without any prior warning, the entire computer will lock up solid for about 15 seconds then black screen me and none of my input or output devices will work. That means, Mouse, Keyboard, sound, Monitors, etc. They all die simultaneously. The odd part is, the computer is still working as far as I can tell as the system doesn't even hiccup.

It WAS doing this more than it is now, however it seems to have reduced somewhat. I'm guessing that it has something to do with my power supply as me replacing the 350 watt supply with a 550 watt supply (for a completely different problem) seems to have reduced the occurence of this issue. Instead of happening once or twice a week it now happens once or twice every 2 or 3 weeks. It's still annoying when it happens. Anyone have any clue?

Answer:windows randomly dies

When you boot back into your machine...check the event logs and see whats happening just prior to the failure. If you can, check after a couple of occurrences and see if there are any similarities that might point you in the right direction. Anybody else have an idea?

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I have a user with a dell latitude d620 laptop. Her external usb mouse stops working every few hours-- apparently when she's doing nothing out of the ordinary, the "installing new hardware" dialog comes up randomly, and when she cancels out of it, the mouse will stop working at a slightly later time. Even the red LED light on the bottom of the mouse goes out.

We've tried different models USB mice, attaching it directly to a USB port on the laptop, via the USB port on the laptop dock, and even with a USB->PS/2 adapter via the dock's PS/2 port.... all with the same results. Every time, when the mouse is working fine, it'll pop up the 'installing new hardware' dialog, and afterwards it just suddenly stops working.

Any ideas? I have no idea what's going on.

She's running windows xp sp3 with symantec endpoint, all the usual office software, really nothing out of the ordinary.

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I just received my new X1 Carbon yesterday. When I booted it up the first time the computer died after I set up username and password in Windows. Next time the same screen appeared but the username was ofcourse taken already. I logged into windows and the computer died. After 10-20 HDD checks the computer logs into windows and I can install some software (Visual Studio etc), but then it just dies again. Sometimes it can't even login to windows before it dies.  I've tried to format and reinstall windows but it doesn't help, sometimes I can use it for one hour, and sometimes just for 10 seconds.  I can't really say that I can see a pattern in this whether I'm using the AC chord or not.. I've also done a memory check and a harddrive check without any errors. I guess I have to return it and wait for a new one.. really disappointing =(  Any ideas Lenovo? 

Answer:X1 Carbon randomly dies

>>  Sometimes it can't even login to windows before it dies.  When this happened to me on my PC a couple years ago, the problem was my one of my fans had died (either the power supply's fan or a system fan; can't remember which.) .  The system was shutting itself off as a defensive reaction to overheating.

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Hello, Borught a y500 on amazon a few months ago, its runs great. However, the laptop suddenly just dies randomly, no blue screen, no shut down menu. It just dies, I reboot and check event viewer and its says it crashed(kennel-power). So then I checked for viruses, ran scans for chkdsk, sfc /scannow, and memory diagnostics, everything was fine. It also didn't overheat since the laptop died without gaming at all. The barrtery was plugged in as well I reset windows 8 just to check if its the OS's fault. It just died again today. If it's a hardware issue, what can I do to find out what component of hte computer is wonky? Would the limited warranty help me?  

Answer:Y500 randomly dies

Hi yomanking,
Thanks for posting and welcome to the Lenovo Community,
Am sorry that you?re facing this issue,
I?d like to help you with this case can you share with me the battery status is it plugged in and charging or not charging?
And I?d like to ask you when the machine shut off completely is it while working on the charger or the battery or both of them?
And can you tell me if you face this issue when you are using like a specific application?
Thanks and Best Regards,

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Hello. I am in need of advice once again. I'm staying at my uncles house who uses Keyon internet service so its like broadband with some sort of dish? Anyways...

The speeds were pretty random and slow. Spikes of 3000 pings and averages of 600. Updated the firmware (7 years old) and average is under a hundred now. However the internet still just completely dies for random amounts of time... 2 seconds to a few minutes. Pings timeout to google or yahoo but not my router.

As far as the setup goes, there is a dish or antennae they have aimed a little dish on the roof towards a few miles away. The "modem" is in a plastic box attached to it. The cable runs into literally the cheapest "splitter adapter" ive ever seen, which wont work if you hook up the modem line into "data out" and the router line into "data in", which confuses me in the first place. Shouldn't that be the other way around?

Anyways, I tried wifi and wired connection. I didn't try to bypass the router completely but I don't think it will make a difference. I decided to get a ladder and look at the "modem" and I was a little shocked to say the least. I opened up the big plastic thing that stores it and it literally is just a piece of like motherboard mounted with one little screw, covered in ladybugs and cobwebs. So I sighed and just left it alone.

So now, average ping is very tolerable. 50-100. Speed is at about 2mbps which is fine. I just don... Read more

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Well... I had a Win 7 Ultimate 64bit on this very machine (the one in my preferences) for almost 3 years until the moment when I said to myself: OK, time to refresh. And that only because my port 80 would die sometimes....sometimes thrice an hour for 10-15 min, sometimes twice a day. But it would happen every day. I re-installed with the hope it was just a bad Win installation but it happened again after just an hour in. What I tried? Well, I certainly tried a new router, but it didn't help. I knew it wouldn't since I also run Linux and OS X in home network and none is affected by this. I scanned old and new Win 7 with every possible malware finder, antivirus..etc. Even bought one (I have an "allergy" when it comes to A/Vs and such in general).. I went drastic today, I disconnected all devices (hdds, usbs, dvdroms, pcie) just to prove my point.. left a single 60 GB SSD with brand new win 7 with default drivers .. Took several hours but I still lost port 80 (it seems to be just port 80 since only browsers and windows LIVE are affected on my system)...Skype, FTP, rsync.. they'll all work just fine while nothing else web-wise does.

Help please! Any suggestions will be tested and reported.

Answer:Port 80 dies randomly, everything else works

What do you mean by "port 80 dies"? skype,ftp all works as you say. So not a tcp/ip routing/connection problem.
If you're having problems do:
in command prompt:


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I've had  a X41 Tablet for about 2.5 years now.  Just recently in the past month it will randomly die on me, meaning it will lose all power (No shutdown screen, nothing).  If I try to turn it back on, nothing will happen.  If I plug in the AC adapter, still no power.  The only way I can get it to start back up is if I remove the battery, then place it back in forcefully or wiggle the battery around while it is back in the slot.  If it does restart, the battery is still charged like nothing had happened.  So  it isn't the battery losing it's charge.  I even tried putting another battery in from one of the X41 tablets in our office after the computer had died and it wouldn't start.  My thoughts are it has something to with the connection on the board.  Any other thoughts or ways to fix this? Thanks,JohnMessage Edited by cranjx on 06-11-2008 10:34 AM


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Answer:Thinkpad Tablet X41 dies randomly

I would suggested having it inspected by lenovo themselves. Do you have a 3-year warranty?

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Hi everyone, I've been having the same problem for months now and have finally decided to try to get some help after attempting multiple fixes. I use both a wired connection and wireless connection on my new laptop depending on where I am in the house (if I'm hooked up to my docking station its wired, otherwise i'll be on the wireless). The wired connection works fine, but the wireless connection will often completely die on me without any apparent cause. I'm pretty sure the problem is with my laptop due to the following reasons:

1) My dad uses the same connection when he works from home, and told me he doesn't have any problems with it.
2) Just for testing services, I tried using a neighbors WiFi connection, and received the same results.

I've tried changing my DNS server between OpenDNS, Google's DNS, etc. and have not had any luck. I made sure my wireless cards weren't sleeping by un-checking 'allow the computer to turn off this device to save power'. I uninstalled Hamachi to make sure it wasn't messing up any of my settings and still had the same problems. I've updated all my drivers and even re-installed them.

Just to describe what exactly happens during these disconnects, any live connections prior to the point where the internet disconnects stay alive (usually, such as Skype calls, AIM connections, certain games, etc.) and will stay open until closed. Web pages behave in a similar fashion, and in fact will ... Read more

Answer:Wireless Connection Randomly Dies

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Not sure if I should post this here or the networking forum but I assume some nice patron will direct me to the correct place if I'm wrong.

For a while now, and for no apparent reason, my internet connection completely dies. But, it's only to my computer. My computer will slow down DRAMATICALLY, stuttering violently as I try to do anything. But if I restart my computer it comes back on as if no problem was ever there.

I am hooked through a router through an ethernet cable and my wife is connected to it wirelessly and she is never affected.

Is this an XP problem, hardware, or maybe even the hardwire ports of my router?

Help! =(

Answer:Internet Connection dies randomly?

Bump! Please help me!

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Got my X1 Carbon yesterday. Does have the loose clickpad. Worse issue - it would power down randomly - as in you are typing and suddenly it goes completely dead, as in "lights out" or someone pull the plug type dead. Also does not sleep properly - often when it goes to sleep it dies and you get an improper windows shutdown warning when you restart it. Happens both with AC power and battery power. Was on hold for 1.5 hours trying to reach a sales rep to make an exchange and got disconnected. Tried to do factory restore just to see what will happen but F11 on startup does not work. The notebook looks great but otherwise I can't say I am very happy with my experience.

Answer:Defective X1 Carbon - dies randomly

Way to go Lenovo... 20th Anniv. flagship model and units are shipping with missing parts, poor build quality/loose screws and who knows what other issues will appear in another week. If mine isn't perfect when I receive it on Monday it will be my last Lenovo. Your long-time Thinkpad users are very disappointed... What a joke! EDIT: Now it looks like we're getting DOA's... Awesome. Who's building these things?!

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My computer has been randomly dying when i play graphic intense games. (Everquest 2, World of Warcraft, etc) The monitor says no signal and goes to standby and the sound plays the last sound playing for a few loops. I need to hold down the power button to turn it off. Sometimes after this happens the computer refuses to turn on afterwards, i would have to try a couple of times.

I have tried booting with only 1 of the 2 ram sticks (for both) and came with the same results. If the computer was already able to boot, it will. If it wasn't, it wont. I do not have an extra video card to test, and do not want to buy one until i know it REALLY is the problem.

Any input/ suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

My computer:
Windows XP
Asus A8V-Deluxe Motherboard BIOS Ver. 08.00.09
AMD Athlon 3400+
Nvidia GeForce 7800 GS 256mb
1536 MB RAM (mixed of 512mb value-select corsair and 1g generic brand)
520W power supply

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I have a Dell Inspiron 15-5547 running Win 8.1. Every now and then the scroll feature (two fingers vertical swipe to scroll the screen), and the two finger tap for right click, will stop working. When this happens, all the other features on the touchpad seem to work. If I restart the laptop it starts working again. I've tried going into services.msc and setting 'Human Interface Devices" to automatic startup, but it doesn't help. There's something else pretty weird also... When I go into the system tray (lower right), right click the touchpad icon, and select Touchpad Properties, it takes me into the Dell Pointing Devices windows. Inside this window, there is a sliding switch to disable the touchpad. When I disable it, the touchpad still works. Weird. Does anybody have any ideas how I can get this sorted out. I'm also using a wireless USB mouse on the same laptop, not sure if that makes a difference. Thanks.

Answer:Touchpad scroll dies randomly

Hi Jools

Personally I would look to see what touchpad driver version you are using and then either update it with an in-place update, or uninstall (my favourite option, then install new driver) the current driver and then re-install, as it may just be a slight corruption.

Latest driver HERE
Also a thought, when the touchpad stops with the scroll feature, had your laptop been left not used for a period of time, like hibernation?

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My internet connection on my Vista machine dies after a few hours. If I restart, the connection will work again, but will die after a few hours again. I've used my computer with several different routers and for example in my friends' home network so I know the problem is in my computer because the internet connection always dies the same way. Usually if I'm listening music from my Spotify, that connection oddly stays on with that, same goes with some java based games like net poker and so on...messenger connection problem diagnostics say that problems are in the ports. Sometimes i've just been too tired to reboot and just kept doing something else with my computer without the internet connection then maybe an hour later the connection comes back to life. This problem is getting kinda old already that it's not funny anymore. Would appreciate if somebody had even a slight suggestion to repair this problem.

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I've just bought the components for a new PC, and a friend has built it for me. Everything works fine for hours at a time, I can be playing games, browsing the internet, whatever. Then all of a sudden the PC cuts out, exactly as it would in a power cut, except for an almighty fan noise that kicks in and stays on until I hold the power button down to force the power off. When I say an almighty fan noise, I mean the loudest noise I've ever heard a PC make. I thought it was a hair-dryer turning itself on in the room the first time it happened.

Temperature doesn't seem to be an issue, everything's always around 40 degrees, and before I took it home the guy who built it stress tested it for hours up to 90 degrees without any problem. It has always cut out during web browsing (never whilst gaming) although that's probably just a coincidence.

Any suggestions? I literally have no clue whatsoever, what with being somewhat PC illiterate.

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Hi! T420 touchpad dies and trackpoint keeps on working. Sometimes after some time the trackpoint may also die. After boot, touchpad & trackpad recovers and is working maybe for an hour, or a day. Then it reoccurs. This happens randomly on some T420's, while other T420's doesnt encounter it never-ever. Any tips how to troubleshoot this one? Ran Lenovo PC Doctor and everything is fine, also cant find anything suspicious in Windows logs. Thanks in advance! 

Answer:T420 touchpad dies randomly

Hi eskoj
Try to run System Update and update all BIOS and drivers to see if the problems persist.
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I didn't know if I should have put this in the general discussion page or the video card page but here it is.

My laptop has been acting up today. I would open the lid and it would have strange colors. For example blues would be a strange red color. But it would automatically fix itself and go back to normal colors.

I was suspicious but didn't think much of it. Later today I walked past it and the monitor was black nothing on it. So i pushed the power button and shut it down.

Than the fun began It would show me the splash screen Dell when you first boot it up like for some it would say ASUS or such depending on the mobo they had installed. It to had messed up colors only it did not correct this time than the screen went black. I waited a few minutes hoping it would wake up and give me a screen.....witch it never did.

I rebooted several more time trying to get into the bios or anything with a screen witch also failed. The DELL splash screen never failed to come up though.

After close observation I noticed there was something on the screen it was just really dark and barely readable. It said something to the effect of "Windows has failed to start" and gave me the option of booting normal or startup repair.

I eventually shut the lid and got a secondary monitor and tried to use it. Apparently shutting the lid disables the primary monitor and lets you use the monitor you plug in. And now I have a screen again. It worked.

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Answer:Laptop monitor dilema. Is it the monitor or the intigrated video card.

Hi computergeekguy,

Since you are getting 'video' on an 'external display', it appears to be an LCD related issue with the laptop. You may also try to run the LCD BIST (Built in self test) to check the 'LCD display performance' when separated from the 'graphics'. You may find the following steps useful:
- Power off the laptop
- Press and hold down letter <D> on the keyboard
- Power the laptop back on (continue to hold the letter <D>)
- Laptop enters in the 'LCD diagnostic environment' (check the performance)

If your laptop does not enter the diagnostic mode, you may also try to release the 'flea power':
- Power off the laptop
- Unplug the AC Adapter and Battery
- Press and hold down the 'power button' for 10 - 15 seconds
- Plug the 'Adapter cable' back in and launch the 'LCD BIST' again

Do reply if you have any further questions. I would be glad to assist.

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Hi there!

What I want to do: "...extend my desktop on a second monitor, but, my second monitor is compounded by 2 HDMI TVs and a VGA LCD stage monitor both used as Duplicate setup in Windows 7".

How I have done this (and it works!):

-I have 4 diplay devices (2 HDMI TVs that are connected using a splitter and two monitors both on VGA);
-I also have two "video cards" (GPU): one Amd radeon hd 6570 (with VGA, DVI, and HDMI ports), and Intel HD onboard (aprox. 1GB with VGA output port).
-I have connected the TVs with a HDMI 1x2 splitter on amd radeon's HDMI port, and one of my VGA monitors (this one acts as a STAGE MONITOR for the singer / artist lyrics).
-The integrated Intel HD card has my "Control" monitor attached that I use as my primary monitor (the one that shows me the Desktop and the lyrics control application).

Software aspect of the problem: In Windows 7, I use my Intel HD video card as my primary display, then I can extend on a second monitor the desktop! (The second monitor is my VGA Stage monitor). The Third display that appears in the setup is the HDMI splitter, this one is a Duplicate of my stage monitor. I use: 1680x1050 resolution for my primary display, and 1024x768 for the second monitor... (I know, this resolution is too small for my HDMI TV's... Windows recommends me a 1900 x ... fullHD resolution, but my STAGE MONITOR does not support that much, so I need to use a small resolution).


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Hey there, first off I have to give fair warning that I don't know a lot about the technical terms when it comes to computers, but I know enough to get my around.

Anyways, as of 3 days ago, my computer started having problems where I'd be in the middle of surfing the net or playing a game, and the monitor would shut off, then right after the whole computer would freeze up. I first thought it was a overheating problem, so I got Speedfan and saw my CPU was running anywhere between 51C when it wasn't being used, to almost 70C when I had multiple programs running. So I went and bought some AS5, applied only a small even layer about the size of a grain of rice, then tried it again, but the same problem happened. So, next I tried messing w/ the power supply, thinking maybe it was the problem, and got a new 550W power supply, and still the same problem occurs. I then thought it might be the ram, but I'm not sure if that would cause it or not, or maybe it might be the video card itself. I have currently 2 512MB sticks of ram, and a Nvidia 7800 GTX video card. Sometimes the monitor won't even turn on after a hard reset, and sometimes it'll run for up to 3 hours with no problems before it shuts down, so I'm completely clueless on what to do, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Answer:Video card randomly shuts down

Next step, replace the video card and see if the system stabilizes

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I have an NVIDIA GeForce GTX470 video card.
Randomly, (or at least, seemingly randomly) it outputs nothing when I start up my computer. My Moniter recieves no input. I'm using a VGA Adapter to my StarLogic VGA 5:4 1280 1024 Monitor.

Answer:My video card seems to be randomly not outputting anything.

Have you tried a different monitor?  Have you tried that monitor with another system?Louis

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Hello, my problem is sometimes while playing a game my video card appears to just stop working. My screen goes black and the sound stops working but my computer stays on(fans and LED light are running) forcing me to hold the power button to shut it down and start it back up. It's been happening ever since I built my comp about two or three years ago but it's been happening more often now (about once a day).
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2Ghz

Mobo: ASRock M3A790GXH/128M

Memory: Patriot 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066

Hard Drive: Seagate 1.5tb

Vid Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1182-AR GeForce GTX 285 FTW Edition 1GB 512-bit
DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W

OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit

Answer:Video Card Randomly Shuts Down

Sounds like the card is overheating and shutting down to protecting its self but it may be something else

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Hi Everyone

In my previous house I would lose connection to the internet about 2-3 times a week. Since moving into my new house it happens more like 5-15 times a day. The internet light on my modem goes out and the broadband light blinks on and off.

95% of the time when I lose the connection it is for less than 2 minutes. But on some occasions it can take a half hour to work again.

Some more info:
- It happens on all 6 computers/devices in my household at the same time. (2 Macs, Win7 PC, iPad, iPod, PS3).
- All devices are connected wirelessly to modem. But, I have also tried Ethernet and still have same problem.
- I have tried 2 modems (including a brand new one that my ISP sent after I complained).
- I have tried using different jack points and cables.
- When the connection fails, I am still able to wirelessly access my modems config page. So wifi connection is not the issue.
- My ISP sent a technician out. He replaced one cable out by the road, but this did not solve the problem.

I have spent a few hours over multiple days on the phone with my ISP. First they said there was no problem with the line. Then they said there is definitively something wrong with the line. Then nothing wrong, then something wrong. Finally after they monitored the line for 3 separate 24 periods,they decided that the problem was solved. And I thought so too... I had good connection for about 36 hours. But then it started failing again, so far today I have lost connection about 10 times... Read more

Answer:Solved: Internet Connection Dies Randomly Often

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Hello there,
I've been pondering around this problem for quite a while now and I finally decided to inquire the mighty crowds of computer wisdom i.e. you all

I've had this exact same problem in my previous system (with Windows 7 32-bit and quite a bit different internals) but it wasn't nearly as frequent as it is now (with Windows 7 64-bit and brand new CPU/MB/RAM/GPU) - however, this problem never happened on my previous box while it had Windows XP installed for a short while. Namely, the audio in Windows would stop working at random, every app that uses an audio interface would freeze when attempting to access any sink, I can't change the volume or mute anything, and I cannot even reset the Windows Audio service (reset times out) when that happens - the only solution is to reboot after which everything works just fine. The only difference between my old system and this one is that now I rarely get the reset procedure to 'freeze' on 'explorer.exe - Playing log-off sound...' (requiring to force restart to continue the process), but now it more often hangs at 'Shutting down...' screen requiring a physical restart.

My audio stack consists of the integrated sound (disabled, I don't need it, but in my previous setup it was enabled) and two USB-based sound sinks, namely Logitech Z Cin?ma speakers (Default Device) and Logitech G930 headset (Default Communications Device). Both are connected directly to the motherboard USB ports so it's not a problem with wonky USB hubs.

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Answer:Windows audio randomly dies (probably USB-related)

Hiyya inco and welcome for starters I am definitely no expert mate I run a straight forward Asus Xonar DG card (the Xonar supports 7:1 systems) with my Ivy B with a Logitec Z 506 speaker set up and I have no probs at all, and it is a fairly cheap card at that.
Now I don't know what your audio set up is and it sounds like Ben Hur to me but just as a suggestion why not try a different brand card? I just really like the Asus control module that comes with mine and Asus do a really nice range of sound cards.

I am just getting a gut feeling the Logitec card is not the full dollar.

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it seems to happen most often when playing video or playing facebook games of any type. there is no warning the computer is just OFF. it has done this in safe mode as well and i wasn't even watching video or playing any games then. the only time it has done this before it was over heated. now sometimes it is hot and others it is not so it really seems random. no viruses, no malware, regular maintenance is kept up. if i can find a solution other than formatting the machine that would be great, or at least knowing if formatting would do me any good at all. i have downloaded hijack this and the TSGInfo follows:

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T7250 @ 2.00GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2037 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family, 448 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 183119 MB, Free - 107917 MB; H: Total - 953859 MB, Free - 765073 MB;
Motherboard: Sony Corporation, VAIO, N/A, N/A
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

Answer:computer shuts off (Dies completely) randomly

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Hi there,

I can't seem to figure this problem out. Every so often (from seconds to a couple minutes) my internet connection will fail, but only for less than a second. Typically no one would even notice this, but it becomes a problem when you use software like Messenger or you play games online. The disconnection is long enough to sign you off.

I've been watching a ping I set to for a good 10 minutes, and sure enough, there are occasional spots where for just 1-3 attemps it will time out, then get replies just fine again.

I use a wired ethernet connection, not wireless. The ethernet port is part of my motherboard, its a fairly modern motherboard, not an old one, and I made sure the driver for it was up to date. Any ideas?

If this helps:
Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Travis-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . :

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8168C(P)/8111C(P) Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.20)
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-E0-4D-84-B5-34
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::b87f:192c:248a:162f%11(Preferred)
IPv4 Address. . . . ... Read more

Answer:Internet connection randomly dies shortly

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Hello, I've been having this problem for a little while now, and I figured this would be the right section to post it in (if not, please feel free to move it). This is the problem I've been having. While playing a 3D game, after a short while, one of 3 things will happen :1. The screen goes completely black and I'm left with no choice but to restart my computer.2. Similar to number one, except now the screen has random blocks of crazy colors all over, and I'm still left with no choice but to restart.3. The computer saves me the trouble of having to hit the power button, and just goes ahead and instantly restarts itself (screen goes black for a sec, and then I'm on the start up screen).And one more problem that I've chosen to separate from those 3; sometimes my computer just completely freezes and I need to restart. This happens seemingly randomly, at any time.I suspect this has something to do with a new video card I installed recently. I've had those 3 problems a bit before, but they are occurring much more frequently with the new card, and the random freezing thing is something new. So perhaps I installed it incorrectly, or its in some way not compatible with my system? I don't know, thats why I come here to ask you guys, any ideas whats going on?Video Card : Nvidia GeForce FX 5200**Might be worth noting that I did not purchase this hardware, it was given to me by a friend, therefor I have no documentation or disc with it**Misc System... Read more

Answer:Computer dies during game, also sometimes freezes randomly

If it is a used card i would install it in another machine....same symptoms and the card is dying....

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My computer is being extremely odd right now. Randomly, usually while gaming but at other times also, it will just die. When this happens, it kinda just freezes while repeating the same sound on a loop. It loses all video and sounds like all the insides shut off. When it does this, hitting reset doesn't really work, and usually I cannot turn it off and back on. If I try, I get no beep in POST which indicates to me it would be CPU or MoBo...maybe a power supply?

If I unplug the power from the back for a minute, I can restart it and it will go through POST with the beep and all, and say CPU is unworkable or has been changed, and then play fine for anywhere between 5 minutes to many hours with no problems, then it will happen again.

I cannot tell what wattage my PS is. I built most of this computer about 5 years ago, and have since modded the power supply case, and lost the sticker. The CPU is the original one I got when I built it, the MoBo is 4 years old, and the video card is new.

CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 3000 MHz (15 x 200)
Motherboard Name Abit IC7-G (5 PCI, 1 AGP Pro, 4 DDR DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394)
System Memory 3072 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS (256 MB)
Audio Adapter Creative Audigy SE (SB0570) Sound Card

I come here to find the experts to help. I cannot afford to change everything or build a whole new computer, so I'm hoping someone will have had this problem before and save me lots of money by telling me what... Read more

Answer:Comp randomly dies, hard to restart

Hello & welcome to TSF

follow this link & download this program

it should be able to give you your voltages

the post them back here


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I have Lenovo T500 Thinkpad for around one year. The laptop started to die randomly without any notification, no blue screen, no shut down, it just dies as if there is no power to the laptop. First I thought it could be a problem with the battery so I replaced my battery with the battery of another Lenovo T500. Even after that the problem persisted. So I removed the battery and just connected the laptop to AC power. The laptop does not die any more and I didnt face any issues. What could cause a problem like this? Whenever I connect the battery, the battery icon on the task bar says its charging and even if I use the battery alone the laptop works fine for sometime until it dies randomly. Any help is greatly appreciated.  Thanks

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As the title says, my mouse stops working for a couple of seconds and then starts working perfectly again. It mainly happens when I am playing BF3, the game freezes for a second, then I hear the usb-removal sound Windows makes and the game unfreezes but the mouse is dead, then game freezes again for a second and mouse starts working. During the moment mouse is dead all other USB connected things works, only mouse that dies.
It has happened a few times before when im not in any game.

Why is this happening? I have never had any problem with this before.
I have tried putting my mouse a different USB port and it helped for a day or two and then it happened again.

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
i5 2500k
GTX 580 Twin Frozr II

Answer:Mouse randomly dies for a couple of seconds

I have had this same problem a few months ago. Although it happened with my mouse and keyboard simultaneously. My main harddrive was going bad. I replaced it and have not had the problem since. It was rather confusing at first as I had never seen these symptoms before from a bad harddrive.

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I have one laptop with Windows XP on it. The problem is that keyboard and mousepad both all together die randomly but usb mouse still works. This error occurs randomly. Not everytime i use the computer.

Anyone got the same problems?
Thanks in advance!

Answer:Keyboard / mousepad on laptop dies randomly

well based on the info provided my first guess would be that the keyboard is shot.... or ... if its a toshiba TE 2000 it might be the connector that the the keyboard ribbon connects to might be loose and need resoldering...but that would be the only 2 i can think of right at the moment... let us know how you fix it so it can possibly be of help to others

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hey guys,
I thought it would be sweet to run a duel monitor setup on my computer but
when i installed my video card my comp aways runs on the video card monitor,
it doesn't even show the motherboard monitor is there. I was wondering what could i do to fix this.
BTW. the video card is a maddog predator Radeon 9250 pci.
the computer is. compaq presaio s5100nx with 768 ddr and 2.6 mhz running on windows xp home.

Answer:Motherboard monitor and video card monitor conflect

You may have to change something in the bios, I have done this before but I dont remember what the setting was.

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I am at a complete loss! I recently moved and when I got my computer unpacked it wasn't working properly, the monitor would come on for a couple of seconds and then goes to black, if you power it of then back on it does the same thing. you can position it just right and still see that XP is running in the background and can move the mouse cursor around. So my first thought was that it's the monitor, so I hooked my boyfriend's brand new monitor up to it (both are lcds), exact same thing. So naturally I assume it must be the video card, so I replace my 2 year old video card w/ his new one and tried both monitors...same thing happens. I am now worried that it may be some sort of virus. I don't know if this has anything to do w/ it but I added my b/f's harddrive to mine to act as a backup storage device, I took his hard drive out and put it back in his system and plugged in his monitor and it has the same response, but his system worked an hour that's what lead me to my virus theory but I can't find anything online - PLEASE HELP!

Answer:Monitor blacks out, replaced video card and monitor...

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I’m in a dilly of a pickle here.

When playing video, my screen will go black for just a second and then return to normal. With most video players, the video will then usually play, but when using BSPlayer ( to watch video, the screen will go black, return to normal and then video will not play.

It gets worse. Sometimes, I will be minding my own the computer will still be running, but then, the screen will go black, then the monitor will give me the old message:
"self test / check your pc and signal cable / monitor is working"
The computer will still be running, and the only way I know to get picture back is to restart the computer. I have gotten this error the most when the using BSplayer, which sometimes causes the monitor to just shut down like that. But other video players like divx, QuickTime, and windows media player will all occasionally not play or cause weird image problems to crop up on the screen

Also, if the computer freezes up, hitting ctrl+alt+del gives me a black screen with garbled white text.

I have updated my NVIDIA drivers and installed the latest bsplayer version, but neither of those actions fixed my dilemma.

OS: 98se
Video Card: NVIDIA Geforce FX 5200
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2200

Answer:Video Card Problem - Playing Video and Shutting Down Monitor

spinnermason said:


I’m in a dilly of a pickle here.

When playing video, my screen will go black for just a second and then return to normal. With most video players, the video will then usually play, but when using BSPlayer ( to watch video, the screen will go black, return to normal and then video will not play.

It gets worse. Sometimes, I will be minding my own the computer will still be running, but then, the screen will go black, then the monitor will give me the old message:
"self test / check your pc and signal cable / monitor is working"
The computer will still be running, and the only way I know to get picture back is to restart the computer. I have gotten this error the most when the using BSplayer, which sometimes causes the monitor to just shut down like that. But other video players like divx, QuickTime, and windows media player will all occasionally not play or cause weird image problems to crop up on the screen

Also, if the computer freezes up, hitting ctrl+alt+del gives me a black screen with garbled white text.

I have updated my NVIDIA drivers and installed the latest bsplayer version, but neither of those actions fixed my dilemma.

OS: 98se
Video Card: NVIDIA Geforce FX 5200
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2200Click to expand...

sounds like the gpu is overheating or goung bad get some compressed air and blow out the video card very through (*get the rest of pc while you are at it) and if this dont help you may have to replace

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I have had my 3000 N100 Thinkpad for around 2 years now and after a year and a half I realised the Battery was no longer charging, soon after this happened my Laptop would just die randomly, when I say die I mean there is no shutdown screen  it is as iff all power to the p.c. suddenly stopped.At first I though it must be a Virus but after numerous scans and re-installing Windows the problem re-occured, Today I opened the P.C. and checked the fan as I thought maybe it was over heating and eventually giving in, I was relieved to see a load of dust and used the vacumn to clear the fan.I thought that would fix the problem but now if anything it seems worse, I know the battery is dead as the charge level is 0 and the battery indicator on the front of the laptop flashes 5 times organge before disappears completely...In a Final attempt I have disconnected the battery completely and am now running it only on the power adapter, I don't know if this will work but I need to do something...What could cause a problem like this, all of my settings are correct my power settings are set to always on with no hibernation.Any help will be wonderful.Thanks
Moderator Note; PIC warning addedMessage Edited by andyP on 05-07-2008 11:58 AM


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Answer:Computer dies Randomly (Battery also dead) [PICS]

Maybe the battery just went bad. The only way I can think of to test it would be to try the battery in another Lenovo 3000 or to try a new battery in your Lenovo 3000.

______________________________________________________T60 2623-D7U, 3 GB Ram. Dual boot XP and Linux Mint.T400 2765-T7U Windows 7Registered Linux User #160145FYI: I am not employed by Lenovo

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I've been having an issue with my X270 laptop since I bought it. The laptop is running Windows 10. What happens is randomly (this can take weeks, or days) the trackpad and pointing stick completely stops working. The only solution is to uninstall the drivers and reinstall them using an external mouse. I've tried various versions of the drivers, including the latest, and it still continues to happen. Any solutions to fix this?

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I've had this laptop for about 2 weeks, and have Windows 10.  A couple of days or so ago, I unplugged it and took it into another room to use.  It was on battery at least 6 hours with no problems.  It's been plugged in since then. I just looked at the battery meter and it shows only 35% power remaining.  Why is it not fully recharged by now?

Answer:Aspire E5-575G-5328 randomly dies on battery

Hi,Try a battery calibration, the method is here:

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I got this laptop 2 months ago and it worked just fine but lately it's been dying randomly (the battery was at 98%) for absolutely no reason, no prompts all i can hear is a sound coming from the hard disk just as if the laptop was force shut down by holding the power button key. The laptop temperatures weren't high at the time (mostly all components @ 45°C). I use this laptop for college and it's been REALLY unreliable & I can't return it at this time since I'm at a dorm and i don't think it would even get a RMA since it happens randomly (you can't expect it at all - i only had word and microsoft edge opened and poof it's dead) - also i can always start it again instantly but SOMETIMES it dies again in the booting process. Also I successfully ran an Aida64 stress test until the battery died normally (it did NOT shut down). Any suggestions on what i should do? Edit: oops i sent this twice by accident

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I got this laptop 2 months ago and it worked just fine but lately it's been dying randomly (the battery was at 98%) for absolutely no reason, no prompts all i can hear is a sound coming from the hard disk just as if the laptop was force shut down by holding the power button key. The laptop temperatures weren't high at the time (mostly all components @ 45°C). I use this laptop for college and it's been REALLY unreliable & I can't return it at this time since I'm at a dorm and i don't think it would even get a RMA since it happens randomly (you can't expect it at all - i only had word and microsoft edge opened and poof it's dead) - also i can always start it again instantly but SOMETIMES it dies again in the booting process. Also I successfully ran an Aida64 stress test until the battery died normally (it did NOT shut down). Any suggestions on what i should do? Edit: oops i sent this twice by accident


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Answer:Aspire E5-575G-5328 randomly dies on battery

Sorry you are having problems with your Acer E5 laptop. Based on the info provided we recommend the system be checked by the Acer repair location for your region. Please contact Acer from the country list posted at for assistance with this issue.

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I got this laptop 2 months ago and it worked just fine but lately it's been dying randomly (the battery was at 98%) for absolutely no reason, no prompts all i can hear is a sound coming from the hard disk just as if the laptop was force shut down by holding the power button key. The laptop temperatures weren't high at the time (mostly all components @ 45°C). I use this laptop for college and it's been REALLY unreliable & I can't return it at this time since I'm at a dorm and i don't think it would even get a RMA since it happens randomly (you can't expect it at all - i only had word and microsoft edge opened and poof it's dead) - also i can always start it again instantly but SOMETIMES it dies again in the booting process. Any help on what i should do?

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Hey everyone. I installed a second video card to my system because I have a dual monitor setup running off one card (ATI 3850) and now I have an ATI 4670 running my projector.

It seems that when I play video off the second card (to my projector) it shows a slight stuttering in the video, but not the audio. These are files I know work properly, so it's not that.

When I plugged in the second card and fired up the machine, 7 automatically installed the drivers. Was this a bad idea? Should I uninstall them and do an manual install from drivers available in the setup from ATI's website?

I had to do some rearranging of the screens under the screen resolution menu, but it seemed ok until I played video off the second card.

Also, when I start the computer, ATI blacks my screens out for a few seconds and then comes back on, similar to what it does when I want to change the resolution of a screen. This is frustrating to watch every time I turn on the machine.

Anyone now what I can possible do to solve these problems? I never thought it would be so difficult to install a second video card and have it work properly! Thanks everyone.

Answer:Video Stuttering on Third Monitor Running off Second Video Card

Definitely install the ATI drivers.


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I'm trying to repair a computer for a friend, who claims that it has been rebooting
after (moderate) use. She says it's giving a BSOD, but I have yet to get the same error. She got the computer from an absolutely horrendous store in Kingston. It has a few modifications from the base model (GeForce 5200+, extra case fan), but it's pretty much the same computer. I suspect that they didn't upgrade the PSU, and that there may be a problem with the Video Card not getting enough power. The specs are:

AMD Athlon 2200+
GeForce 5200+
1 HD
1 CD-ROM drive

Answer:Computer rebooting randomly(possibly video card?)

i have never heard of a gForce 5400+. is that right?

i always check if the ram is going bad first. use Memtest86 to check for memory errors. i run memtest86 for at least 12 hours continuous to check new memory.

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Had no issues for a long time then started to have some freezing and crashing to desktop problems with video games (The Witcher, Guild Wars 2, etc.) as well as Nvidia drivers failing and then recovering (causing the video in games to freeze and Firefox to turn all white).

Eventually I decided to get a new video card (went from a GTX 660 to a MSI R9 290) and a new 750 watt psu for the new card (Corsair CX750M). I uninstalled all Nvidia drivers and installed the latest drivers from AMD.

Now I along with the other problems I also have the problem of the computer freezing at (as far as I can tell) random times. My only recourse is to restart at that point. The freezing occurs between 3 minutes and 1/2 hour from start up.

Have done/tried the below:
I do not over clock.
I have checked my RAM with Memtest86+ and it passes with flying colors.
Checked RAM timings in the BIOS. They were fine.
I have updated my BIOS (no freezing for 30 minutes made me think that was it....then it started freezing again).
Tried installing earlier drivers for the R9 290.
I have done an 'upgrade' to Win7 to see if that would fix the issue. I would like to avoid a clean install if at all possible.
I have looked at temperatures and see no issues. At the last crash, while watching a youtube video:
CPU - 35 C
Motherboard - 27 C
GPU - 40 C
Hard drives - 37 C, 34 C, 35 C

When in safe mode or when the AMD drivers are uninstalled and it is running off the motherboard default drivers there are no issues.

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Answer:Win 7 freezing randomly. Possible video card/driver problem?

Well thanks for all the help and support...... :-/

For anyone experiencing something similar; my problem was that the PCIe slot that the video card was plugged into was bad / damaged. When I plugged the card into the other PCIe x16 slot everything worked fine.

So there you go. I guess not everything is a software issue.

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I had posted a while back with a problem with my system shutting down and making a beeping noise that reminded me of a Police Car in europe. So with the last suggestion given I decided to change the video card. I monitored the temp of my processor and it never did get hot.
Here is the Thread from that.

So I changed my video card and now the system does some random restarts. I stuck with the same brand. I put in Nvidia Geforce 6200 agp8x 128mb. I installed as instructed. So now I went from the system shutting down and beeping to the random restarts. I left it run for a while and when I came back into to check on it the screen was just a dark haze of colors. I'm thinking it was getting tired of doing restarts and it got confused. I put and email into nvidia tech support. I had seen they had updated drivers on their site but they had no explanation if they would clear up any issues. In my email to them I asked about it but with their reply I got no response on that. In their reply they asked me to check the temp of the card or try and install it into another computer to see if the restarts happen. Well I dont have another computer to do that with and I have no idea how you would test the temp of the card. I did reply back but have not got a response yet and with it being the weekend I dont think I will get one.

I was hoping I might get some ideas from this board.
How do you test the... Read more

Answer:System randomly restarts after installing video card

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I have a viper 400 motherboard with a xp2400+ processor and 512 megs or ram.

My problem right now is with my video card.

so im going to break it down the best I can.

Just recently when I started having this problem , I looked at the Fan on my Video card.
It was fried .(I think dust is to blame)
so I took at old fan off of a heat sync
and unplugged the old fan and attached it to my video cards heat sync...
no luck , I think the damage has already been done...

when I turn on my power I can't look at the boot up process because my monitor will not turn on. I get an oarnge light and maybe 10% of the time it will boot up the way it should .
if it does boot up corectly ,, the video card will read at 128 megs.under the video settings
if it boots up wrong it will be 8 megs.

the monitor will finally snap on when the welcom screen on windows xp loads up and the opening sound plays.

so as much feedback as i can get on this the better ....
If my card Is shot I won't be too pissed , because I was wanting a new video card anyway...

Answer:Radeon 9100 Video card changes from 128mb to 8mb randomly

Doesn't sound good - I'm afraid I have to agree with your suspicion about the vid card being fried.

It obviously overheated when the fan died and now it can't display the basic character-mode video before Windows switches to a VGA mode.

I say replace it.

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the last two days my machine has suffered a crash with similar symptoms. First, the display goes blank. I can see some disk activity. This continues for maybe 20-30 seconds and then the machine shuts down. Yesterday, I had to restart the machine twice b/c the first attempt also resulted in a shutdown during the boot process.I thought that perhaps it was an overheating issue, but I'm not convinced of that as today there was nothing obstructing the exhaust vents (though they were a bit dusty).I'm runing windows 7 pro, 64 bit. Have an NVidia card, but I don't know about the details. Where would I find them? Thanks in advance.


Go to Solution.

Answer:Thinkpad W510 Display randomly dies and then machine shuts down

If it is a W510, graphics are probably 1GB NVIDIA® Quadro® FX880M.  It is hard to diagnose from a thousand miles away, but my first guess is overheating. I suggest installing TPFancontrol (free) and monitor temperatures.

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Hey folks,

Just built myself a pc 5 days ago and it was running fine till i booted up some CSS , i played for around an hour and then my screen went blank and the fans started going crazy. I thought nothing of it and restarted the machine, but it happened again and with each restart the time of which the pc lasted decreased until i could almost not get past POST. I plugged out the power cable and let it sit for 5 minutes and then decided to see if i could find more drivers for the pc , i got onto the ati website but just as i went to type drivers into search it happened again only this time instead of the fans blowing like crazy a red light appeared on the back of the graphics card next to where the monitor signal cable is plugged in, the one with the blue port.

I was wondering if anyone has any ideas as to a solution, I checked all the drivers and they're up to date along with the latest catalyst version:

Sapphire ATI 4850 HD
4gb DDR3 RAM
500 W Coolermaster silent pro
ASUS P7P55D intel motherboard
Intel i5 @ stock clock of 2.67Ghz
Antec 900 case

The case is colder than my wall and i checked catalyst and im only running at 48 degreese celcius so i know there is no chance that the card is overheating.

Thanks for any help,


Answer:Monitor loses signal randomly fans blow like crazy or red light appear on Gfx card

If you have got to a point where you can't even boot up then you can be sure it's a hardware issue. In this case I would say most likely graphics card followed by PSU then motherboard. Can you get a different graphics card to test?

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There's not much to say, really, other that my computer stopped showing anything on the screen, as in complete darkness. Since reading some more posts, I have also encountered some mechanical problems with the hinges (they feel loose, you can read the whole story here:, screen ants, overheating, and many more of the issues that are generally mentioned around the forum. I will indeed try to get a refund for the computer (It has about 9 months of age), but there's something I'd like to ask before returning it... Is there any way to disable the dedicaded card entirely? Because I have indeed tried several ways to restore the system and sort of made it work, but the dead dedicaded card is still generating heat (as I can't install any drivers which would control the function of the GPU switch). And, secondly, should I stay away from lenovo products? At least the ideapad series? Because if you guys really had the nerve to keep the design flaws for the future models (considering the similar posts with the y570 version, although I'm not entirely sure if it's a newer model), or do you just like to play with your customers? Have you even tried to use the laptops you are manufacturing? Honest question, I'm just surprised to see that many issues with the "y" series, and the lack of updates for such models (both driver and bios updates). Thank you.

Answer:y560 blue screens / dedicated video card randomly died

So...what's up?

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Hey Everyone,It's been a long time since I've had to ask a question on here, but I've hit a very annoying brick wall and hoping I can get some advice.ProblemThe basic problem here is that my computer randomly black screens and requires a hard shut down. I can't perform a soft shutdown with any key sequences, if music is playing it stops, it just crashes with a black screen. The most significant thing that I've known for a long time is that this doesn't happen with the internal graphics, only my discrete video card. I've also discovered this issue occurs much more frequently when I have two monitors plugged in. With two monitors it can happen when the computer is just sitting there. With one monitor I have to do something much more intensive, specifically it's been happening when playing games like Batman Arkham Asylum.This may all mean it's my video card, but I don't have an extra and I'd prefer not buying a new one without knowing for sure. Also, it shows no other issues. I'm not getting messed up graphics, or anything like that, it's just this shutting down.Another important fact is this has been very intermittent over the year and a half. Specifically, I move about every four months, and this problem pops up for the first week or so after I move and then I think I've fixed the problem and it doesn't happen until I move again. This time it's worse than it's ever been, though, and I've ... Read more

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I bought new pc parts this week and also bought Windows 10 Home while I was at it, due to W7 not accepting USB 3.0. But shortly after, I started having bad audio problems when using my headset, which is connected to my motherboard's rear 3.5mm output.

The symptoms consist of:
- The audio cutting out suddenly after just a few minutes of usage, e.g. 30 seconds of youtube, combined with the microphone not picking up any audio.

- Sound panel not responding occassionally or becoming sluggish. Can pop up later when clicking on things like browser tabs.

- High Definition Audio Device disappearing from choosable outputs in the notification area.

- Realtek High Definition Device disappearing from the Device Manager.

- Random pop-ups saying that I've either unplugged an audio device or I've plugged in an audio device multiple times in a row.

- Sound panel showing activity from both random thing I'm playing, and the Test Sound button, but no sound actually playing in the headset.

- Usually the sound cuts out with a small crackle, but other times it's completely silent when it happens. When loading the desktop I can hear some crackling too.

- ARK: Survival Evolved crashing, giving me a memory write error, followed by a notification of a decive being plugged in instantly after.

I've tried:
- Installing the latest drivers through windows update, realtek's latest drivers, motherboard's latest drivers and various .cab updates being rejected because the drivers "are up to date&... Read more

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when online; how can you shutdown your computer safely. Assuming you have no standby monitor?

Answer:If your monitor dies...

on your computer and hold it down for four seconds.

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Question: Monitor Dies Off

No idea why this happens as I have hibernation and sleep off, but if my computer goes unattended for 6+ hours, it will lock up. I'll come back to it and the monitor will appear to be "off", although on. I'll move the mouse, nothing. It's like it's asleep and won't wake up, but I have all sleep and hibernation modes disabled. My only solution is to do a hard boot. How can I prevent this and what is it?

Answer:Monitor Dies Off

Check for over heating, also make sure that your computer is dusted out with a can of air.

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Question: monitor dies

Hello all,  My problem is this, whenever I turn my computer on, it comes up as normal goes through POST and then winXP loading screen... ...but then just as the winXP loading screen finishes the monitor dies   :-/but the computer sounds like it is still loading and logging on (I have no user name so it usually just logs straight on)   8-)I have recently installed some sound-proofing on this inside panels so I am worried that I might have accidentally knocked my graphics card and buggered it up with static or something   Do I need a new graphics card or is there some other solution :-? :-? :-?

Answer:monitor dies

Well, you might just want to open it up (take the necessary precautions of course) and find out. Make sure it's in nice and tight, and nothing is touching it. Have you made any other changes to your system recently?Flame

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My friend is having problems with her monitor. She has an AcerView 54e monitor and it occasionally just dies from time to time and goes black on her. Although the power light is still on, she cannot see anything on the screen. She says that when the monitor does this the same sound of static crackling that occurs when a normal monitor is shut off can be heard. The way in shich this is being delt with now is that she just shuts the monitor off for a while then turns it back on and usually the picture comes back for a while. If anyone knows why this might be happening and/or how to fix it please let me kno. Thanks in advance

Answer:monitor just kinda dies

The only thing that I can think you can try is to go to Control Panel/ Power Options and set "Turn off Monitor" to Never - this might stop it

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can i use an adapter to use a VGA monitor with a DVI video card?

can i use an adapter to use a VGA video card with a DVI monitor?


Answer:VGA monitor w/ dvi video card? dvi monitor with vga card?

yes you can

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I have an ATI Radeon 7200 Video Card and a KDS Visual Sensations VS-190is Monitor. My colors are messed up, everything has a blueish tint, there is no red and my greens appear yellow. This problem comes and goes, but sometimes, like today, it hangs around longer. Usually it is this way for about a minute when I first turn my system on, but usually goes away. I have asked around about this problem and I keep hearing either my Vid Card or Monitor is bad. Is anyone familiar with this problem and could you please tell me where it lies and if I have to replace either? Thanks...

Answer:Bad Video Card or Bad Monitor?

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I have an AOC LM729 LCD monitor and an nVidia FX 5200 card. They're both only about 2 years old. About a week ago, the monitor got dim (like a laptop does when you pull the plug on it to save power). It was like that for a few seconds then came back to full brightness. The past few days it's been doing that a little more often. The whole screen actually went black for a few seconds the other day. The monitor light stays green (not orange) the whole time. Any idea as to whether this may be a video card or monitor issue?


Answer:monitor or video card?

Easiest thing to do would be to either swap to the onboard video (if you have it) and see if the monitor keeps acting up, or swap monitors and see if the same thing happens. Its possible the backlight in your monitor is starting to go out.

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I was thinking of getting a new TV and video card for a couple of reasons. First I dont think that manufacturers produce CRT monitors larger then 22inch, maybe they do. I want to get a big tv (30inch) and use that as my monitor. My question is can that be done? If so what kind of Video card would I need to get and what kind of peripherals would i need to buy?

Answer:New Monitor/Video Card


Originally posted by Cherubimon_3.20
I was thinking of getting a new TV and video card for a couple of reasons. First I dont think that manufacturers produce CRT monitors larger then 22inch, maybe they do. I want to get a big tv (30inch) and use that as my monitor. My question is can that be done? If so what kind of Video card would I need to get and what kind of peripherals would i need to buy?

You can do it with a video card that supports TV out, or one that has S-Video ports. I know ATI all in wonder cards support this. However if you want quality I'm afraid you wont go far unless you buy a high quality digital based television such as a good HDTV compliant one.

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Question: Video card/Monitor

At times when rebooting my machine instead of getting the Windows XP splash screen I'll get color bars. Is this an indication of bad video card or monitor/connection, drivers, or something else?

PC Specs:
Antec P160
Antec TruePower 550W PSU
Abit AN8 SLi
AMD 64 3500+
CORSAIR (2 x 512MB) DDR 400 (PC 3200)
eVGA 7800GT
Maxtor 16MB 250GB HDD SATA150
Seagate 8MB 250GB HDD SATA150
Plextor DVD +/-RW SATA
Hyundai L90D 19" LCD 8ms

Answer:Video card/Monitor

It's probably the video card. Try replacing it temporarily by running on onboard video( if u have it) for a few days and see if you still get the same problem. If you don't, chances are it's the video card.

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Hi All

If I was to invest in a Second Monitor, would it work ok with current graphics card I have, AMD Radeon R7 240, or should I wait on adding a second monitor til I get my Rx 470 or 570 graphics card in the way future (money wise not gonna have enough for a while on that aspect). Monitor wanted to use is 1280x1024, think DVI-D and VGA options on it,

Second Monitor would be used for Streaming Shows, and that aspect of things if worked well, though I may wait and just get another wide screen 20-23 inch in the future, and a different desk so I can have both monitors on one desk

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Have started to see blocks of different color on screen. Similar to spreadsheet grids, a couple of columns wide, running vertically down screen. Can see color in every other "block". What's happening?!

Answer:Monitor or video card?

Swap out the monitor first. What type is it, LCD or CRT? What are you computer specs/video card?

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Hello, i need help on how to create a cable to interface a 9 pin Samsung CFG9637L monitor (fcc id# A3LCFG963) to a 15 pin video card.
Peter Vanegas

Answer:9 pin monitor to 15 pin video card

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I just bought two Dell 24inch monitors that support a resolution of 1920x1600.

Now i have a Evga 6800gs OC that supports that fine. But one of the other monitors is for my father and i need to upgrade his video card for him. What are my cheapest options that will put out 1920x1600?

What exactly does max resolution mean in terms of a Video Card?

Ive learned to be cautious of such terms in dealing with projectors.

I assume Max Resolution would be the max resolution the card will fill, but i look at an FX5550 which states it supports max resolution of [email protected] It was my under standing that the FX550 and the 9250 only put out at 1600x1200. Am i wrong?

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Hi!! I have a question, how do I change my resolution to 1440x900? I go into Screen Resolution and there is no 1440x900 in between 1360x768 and 1600x900. I have the driver for my monitor and my Nvidia 8300 GS Video Card (256 MB), so what do I do???


Yes I have windows 7.

Answer:Monitor and Video Card

Go to the advanced options on that screen and on the adapter Tab you will see a button for List all Modes and you should be able to select the resolution you want from there.

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Hello: The computer screen has a pronounced flicker from time to time as if the power has been briefly interrupted. Would like to determine if this is a monitor or video card problem. Fairly certain it is heat related. The most dramatic example happened last night. The screen went dark except for a band about a fourth of a screen height, displayed about a third of the way down from the top. It looked as if the top of the desktop display had been lowered a couple of inches down, and the bottom was raised up (jammed) about five inches. Clt+Alt+Delete restored screen to full so the Start button could be used for Log Off.

Have detected no particular pattern of occurance other than the heat factor. It does seem to become more active when fairly full graphics are involved, i.e., cards displayed in all plots of Freecell Solitaire. Has not pulsed at all while reviewing threads and posting this note (about and hour).

Any thoughts/suggestions appreciated. DAB

Answer:Monitor/video card?

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HELP!! Could I need a new video card??  I usually leave my desktop on. I had been having some random problems with the screen of my monitor flickering and some color issues. I have always assumed the monitor was about to die on me. Well I went to my computer and it said I lost power and wanted to run in SAFE mode. I said no?well then it shut down and when I turned it back on I could not get any picture on the monitor it was completely black. The light for the monitor would normally be green when on?.this time it was orange and showing absolutely no picture. I took another monitor and connected it to my computer?.same orange light. This monitor would normally read ?NO SIGNAL? if the monitor was on and the CPU was not on. I get nada on the monitor not even a chance for safe mode or bios! Well should I try to buy a new video card to see if this will solve the problem? Thank you!  

Answer:Video Card bad?? I know its not monitor! what to d

Have a check on your hink sinks.... One might have gone bad... Also, ame sure that your cideo card is not loose...[glb]Flame[/glb]

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NewbieExperience: FamiliarOS: Windows 8 monitor screen turned pink ? on: Today at 11:23:49 AM ?This message was moved to hardware ? I did call Dell support,but not comfortable allowing them to have full and complete access to my computer to help trouble shoot , maybe it's just me or a trust issue I have a problem giving access to someone in a foreign country who barely speaks english Hi FolksWhile on line my monitor went black,figured I bumped the switch (not) had to unplug every thing, rebooted and now my screen is pink, is it toast ? can it be repaired ? best Victor Monitor- dell s 1709w led ? or Computer HP p6-2310 windows 8 6gb memory 500gb hard drive

Answer:Video card or monitor

 Thanks It was the monitor

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Question: Video Card/Monitor

I am getting black and white lines on my monitor as if the signal was getting ready to go out, not sure if it is my video card or my monitor (already checked all physical cables). I have tried using my laptop as a second computer to view the basics, i.e. internet, WMP with my monitor and everything seems fine. I have an HP w22, and updated the drivers for my monitor and video card (radeon 9800). I checked the settings for the monitor from HP (1680 x 1050) and refresh rate and am still having problems. When I play WMP under Now Playing tab to view visualization art that i.e. spins it is only in that area that the redraw problem occurs, if I make the window bigger then the problem gets bigger. Recently while on the internet this is starting to happen. Any suggestions?

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for 2560x1600 resolution which video card would be best

9800 GTX or 9800 GX2 or 9900 GTX or 9900 GX2

Gaming and Video Editing

Answer:30 in monitor which Video Card?

Need a little more info, like heavy gamer? looking for the best value? Video editing?

Basically the 9800gtx even lower will suffice if you dont plan on intense 3d gaming. Otherwise the 9800GX2 is the best card out now, but we'll see when the 9900gtx is released along with the 9900gx2.

I know some people might complain and say that the 9900gtx and 9900gx2 are just re branded older versions, but eh whatever.

*edit - heard rumors that the GX2 doesn't preform as well at higher resolutions. anyone care to comment?

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Hi All,

I am pretty sure that his question has been ask before, but here goes again.
I am looking to upgrade my video card and my Monitor in the near future.
I want to go in the HD direction so here are my choices of monitors:
Acer H213H bmid 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ACM 20000:1ASUS VH222H 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor Built in Speakers 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR20000:1) w/ SPDIF out ASUS VH226H 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 12000 : 1) Built in Speakers
Since I am new to the HD world, ( Yes I have been living under a rock) I would like to know what should I be looking for and what should I stay away from. Also in the video card department I have no clue what to got for. Seeing how we have an extremely good group of knowledgeable Vistanians here I figure I could have some good suggestions from you guys and gals. I do have a preference for NVIDIA graphic cards. Here are a few details of what I use my PC for:

3D work (Modeling mostly with 3ds max)Graphic work (Adobe CS3 and some CS4)Some CAD 3D work ( AutoCAD and Revit)Gaming (Crysis, DOD.s, CS.s, Insurgency...)
I would like to be able to have a card that would last for a reasonable time. I am open to any of your recommendations, for the screen and/or the video card. Last little details, Screen wise, I do not need anything more than 22" and for the video card I will be plugging a secon... Read more

Answer:Monitor & video card?!?! what to do?

HD isnt about the default resolutions, eg/ 720p, 1080i, 1080p. HD resolutions are any resolutions that contain more than 900,000 pixels on screen, effectively you have been using HD with the monitor you already have, since that monitor has capabilities of displaying 1,310,720 pixels on screen, you have already been using high definition. however, some people swear blind that high definition is the set default resolutions stated above, which is not true. high definition sources have been around since the 1960s but we were hampered for a screen to display such resolutions at that time. i hope this is an insight to your next choice of monitor, personally, you dont need to go over 22" and with a resolution of 1680x1050, these resolutions are higher definition than a 720p television.

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Help, all of the sudden my screen is now too white. not sure if it's my monitor or my video card (N vidia GEforce 6150 le) I tried to adjust my monitor nothing seemed to work. I tried to adjust my NVIDIA settings by moving my contrast and adjusting the gamma and brightness i can get the screen to go darker but but something is still wrong with the white the color is way off. I also updated my NVIDIA software still does not work. i also noticed that Google updated my picasa to picasa 3 would this have anything to do with it
thx realitycheck

Answer:Video card or monitor ????

Borrow another monitor, see if the problem persists. If it does, then it's the video card. I would firstly suspect the monitor, but better to test it.

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I have two video cards that I can (and sometimes do) put into SLi, however most of the time I dont because I have two monitors. However when out of SLi I understand that most of the video load just goes on to one video card. Instead of that I want to divide the load by having the second video card manage my second monitor instead of the both at once.

The problem is whenever I plug my second monitor into either of the ports on my second video card, no monitor is detected at all its as if it doesnt exist.

Is there any way to get it to work?

Here are my computer specs

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz
Motherboard: EVGA NVIDIA 680i SLI
Case: Lian Li ATX Full Tower
Total RAM: 4 GB DDR2 800 240-pin
Video Card 1: GeForce 7950GT 512MB
&#9492; Video Card 2: GeForce 7950GT 512MB
Monitor 1: SCEPTRE 20.1" 8ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor
Monitor 2: Tyris 17" 8ms DVI LCD Monitor
Hard Drive 1: (Unknown Origins) - 200GB IDE 7,200 RPM Hard Drive
&#9492; Windows XP Professional
Hard Drive 2: Western Digital Raptor 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
Hard Drive 3: Western Digital Raptor 36GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
&#9500; Hard Drive 4: Western Digital Raptor 36GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
&#9500;&#9472; RAID 0 for a 72GB partition
&#9492;&#9472;&#9472; Windows Vista Ultimate

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Answer:Second Monitor on Second Video card

bump for great justice!

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I just reformatted the drive I keep Windows XP on and when I reinstalled my video card software nVidia 7600GT it stopped working in max resolution mode of 1440x900, Now this monitor has both analogue and digital inputs and I keep them both plugged in because for whatever reason that I've never bother to try and figure out, I can't watch videos when its in digital input. The analogue input is showing things just fine but has a bit of blur to it which is why I perfer to keep it in digital. Digital however is where I'm running into my problems with the max resolution. Its zooming way in on the screen and its allowing my to scroll around it with the mouse.

I've figured out this before but I really don't have the patience or the time to fight with this as I've got 3 grad school papers to write in the next week.

Oh, and no, its not anything like "Install the monitors drivers". They've never offered drivers for my monitor and I've never had any loaded before.


Thanks in advance

Answer:Monitor/Video Card Help

Racor said:

Oh, and no, its not anything like "Install the monitors drivers". They've never offered drivers for my monitor and I've never had any loaded before.
Click to expand...

Sure, but what about your graphics cards drivers? I guess you installed the ones that came on your card's installation cd - rom.

I remember reading about problems with NVIDIA drivers and monitors with a 1440x900 resolution. Newer drivers fixed those issues so why don't you give it a try?

Here you can get the latest drivers for your display adapter:

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i have a dell dimension 2400 ive used to monitors both doin the same thing the first one had an hour glass picture of the desktop after it booted up i thought it was monitor so i threw it away. the second is turning a see thru blue while browsing the net ,games or anything. ive reinstalled xp and reset bios but still doing it. my graphics card is integrated. if it is a graphics issue can you suggest a nice card that be good for games and compatiable with my system but in a cheap range. thank you.

Answer:video card or monitor

if you have a PCI_E port on the motherboard then a GT 220 is a good enough card, almost puts my 8800GT to shame

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about 30 to 40 minutes after I boot up my desktop PC the screen goes flooy
lightning fast jumpy lines shoot across and cover the fuzzy screen. The monitor
is a 22" HP flat screen that came with my HP a1730n desktop package about 4
years ago. The video card is a new ( 3 monthes old ) 275 GTX 1792 MB nvidia
which has been lightly used and worked fine since I got it.

Is this problem most likely the monitor or the video card?

Answer:Monitor or video card?

Initial guess would be the monitor. Have you got another monitor to swap in it's place temporarily? What were you using for a video card prior to this one? Can you go back to it temporarily? Have you tried another resolution?

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Maybe someone can help me figure out what is going on here. When I boot my computer, I only get 4 bit graphics and the system won't let me change it. This is a new problem. I figured a video card problem, but interestingly, when I boot in safe mode I can change and get a good display. This makes me think it is not a hardware problem.

I tried reinstalling windows XP. with no luck.

Finally, I installed Illustrator the day before this started happening. However, the problem did not start until the following day.

I guess I will try a new card, but I wanted to see if anyone had any other ideas.



Answer:Help, Monitor or Video Card or What?

Try reinstalling your video driver.

What could you change it to in safe mode? You should only be able to change it to 16 colors.

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I just bought a new LCD HD Monitor and it doesn't come with any cables. I do have a DVI cable from my old monitor that I can use. I also noticed that in my video card box there is a HDMI to DVI adapter that I can use.

Is it worth it to purchase a HDMI cable to plug into the adapter?

Will I get a better picture?

Can I get HD with just the DVI connector that I have?

Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Monitor/Video Card ?

Is it worth it to purchase a HDMI cable to plug into the adapter?
Yes, it is worth it, I currently use a DVI to HDMI cable and it looks amazing. I couldn't imagine the adapter degrading the signal quality as it stays digital.

Will I get a better picture?
It depends, what do you mean by "better picture"? The answer to that will depend on what you are currently using to connect your monitor. If it was an analog connection (S-Video, Component, VGA),
you will definitely notice a better picture, especially in comparison to S-Video and)

Can I get HD with just the DVI connector that I have?
HD is just another word for high definition, which starts at 720p, or 1280 X 720 pixels.
As long as your monitor supports at least 720p you will get HD.

Any help would be appreciated.

Hopefully this helped!

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using windows xp with no problem til this morning. computer normal til shut down then returned a short while later. both edges have wavy lines with black showing plus screen is blurry. monitor is about 6-7 years old while computer about 3years. feel like been on all night drunk looking at screen with a drop of booze. thanks for any help. sunnyleec

Answer:monitor or video card

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