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By smcbride ·
I know more about software than I do hardware (as you'll see in a min.) I have a friend whose monitor quit working. When he took his HP in to be fixed, he was told that video card was "blown" and that the software his kids use is too powerful and was the cause of the "**** out" of his video card. He was, of course, advised to buy a "bigger-faster-jump higher" video card (64 bit instead of 32 bit) and pay for the difference. Buying a better video card may have been a good thing to do but the question we have is whether a video game or music-maker software can actually ruin a card.

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by parvus1202 In reply to blown video card

For me, never heard of it. First of all if the sofware is powerful, it will not even load to your computer. Computer makers, HP, MIcrostar, Gateway etc. are always making sure that each part is compatible with the whole system. Low specs video cardmeans abrupt picture movement and low quality images, high specs means playing images in real time and picture is vivid. Now, you cannot put high specs in an old computer, it needs to be compatible with the system. Ask your video card dealer (experienced), they will give you better advice before buying.

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by dj61 In reply to blown video card

I have never heard of a game or program damaging a card. I have a PC that has Linux as the OS, and I know that with Linux you can set the OS to overdrive the card leading to damage to the card and possibly the monitor. The OS is what controls the Video Card. Windows will not allow overdriving of the card. It automatically detects what a card can do and limits you to that. I have run games on many cards with varying results. The only thing a more powerful video card is going to do is improve thepicture for the games.

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by opatzg In reply to blown video card

I have to agree with the rest here, video cards in a windows world merely limits what you can run, the game will not kil the video card, it mess your system up beyond repair and require reloading windows however to correct it.

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by timwalsh In reply to blown video card

Sounds like a tech trying to give a "plausible-sounding" explanation for a problem he couldn't explain; Or more likely, trying to get out of eating the cost of a warranty repair.

Yes, software may need more horsepower than a given graphics card can provide. However, the problem manifests itself by the software not displaying properly (or in the case of games - probably not working at all), not by causing hardware "****-out"/failure.

This would be like saying that the type of videos you watch are the cause of your TV going on the fritz.

I would suggest sending a letter to HP (especially if the computer is still under warranty), advising them of this tech's questionable tactics.

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