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PC just goes kaput.

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by RaveGamer, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. RaveGamer

    RaveGamer Member

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    Lately my computer has been acting up.

    On random occasions my screen will just go blank, freeze up, and require me to restart. Upon restarting the BIOS will alert me that my graphics card is not properly inserted. A quick power cycle remedies this.

    On other occasions when I load a game that uses 3D graphics, it will do the same thing.

    Setup:
    Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P motherboard
    4GB G. Skill DDR2 RAM
    Core 2 Duo 2.33GHz processor
    EVGA (Nvidia) GeForce 8600GT
    450W Power supply
     
  2. sparksman

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    Not trying to be a smart @## but have you tried re-inserting your graphics card like the BIOS asks for?
     
  3. RaveGamer

    RaveGamer Member

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    Yes. I don't see how it can unseat itself just by idling my computer.
     
  4. ddp

    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    it can happen as i've seen it. is caused by heating & cooling, vibrations from fans & drives & possible tension caused by the card's bracket.
     
  5. jony218

    jony218 Guest

    That might be a sign of your video card getting too hot. It will not hurt to get a case fan and point it directly at your video card. It's a cheap and relatively easy troubleshooting thing you can do.
     
  6. GRAKEL2K8

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    Yep, Max PC ran some tests a few months ago, and found the hottest thing in the PC is the video card.
    But the cycles of hot to cold caused by running, shutting down, cooling, warming is what causes the cards to come loose. Cases are so light these days, I pulled some cards loose just carrying some to truck and in and out of places. The mismatch of adapter cards brackets and cases and mobos is additional fodder..
    Which is what ddp referred to.
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  7. DedShadow

    DedShadow Regular member

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    Ok I had this problem on my old computer. Does the 8600GT require seperate power from the board? If so, I would check my Molex connector or adaptor you are using. This happened on one of my AGP cards, so Im not sure how similar the problem is. Have you actually checked the PCI-e connector to the board for damage or bridging between circuits?
     
  8. ddp

    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    DedShadow, edit your sig to conform to forum specs ASAP. yours is 7 lines of text.
    1. Text-only signatures should have at most 5 lines of text.
     
  9. sammorris

    sammorris Senior member

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    What brand power supply do you use?
     
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    Sorry about that ddp, all fixed up.
     
  11. abuzar1

    abuzar1 Active member

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    Did you screw in your video card? Some times these tool-less systems don't work too well.
     

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