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Is the graphics card fried ?

By El Plates ·
Hi everyone,
I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit on a Dell Dimension E520 that has an Nvidia GeForce 7300LE Graphics Card.
Last night I installed an update from Nvidia and all seemed ok.Powered off went to bed and rebooted this morning.All still seemed ok and I opened WLM & Chrome, 10 secs later the system froze.So I held in the power button for 5 secs and the PC dutifully shut down. Tried to reboot,got past the windows splash screen but that was it, no login screen.Repeated this process 3 more times with same results.So I went into safe mode and all my system restore points were unusable.Tried to repair it rebooted and ran chkdsk,rebooted again,still the same.Tried the repair option again and it saw that windows had not started and listed disk corruption.So I ran chkdsk again and it came back fine but this time on the reboot the screen came up with masses of zeros. This continued on subsequent reboots so I got my disk out to reinstall.All was fine here until near the end of the install when it failed 5 times.Sooo out came a live linux distro which works fine ( I'm using it to post this)except the screen is low resolution and there are vertical purle and blue stripes outside of the linux gui.Have checked SMART on the HD and its Healthy and run CHKDSK and all is fine, no bad sectors.The only thing I can think of is that the Nvidia update shot my card.
Does this seem most likely to you guys ? Ps. I don't have another card to swap with!!
Look forward to your thoughts,

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re-install it

by databaseben In reply to Is the graphics card frie ...

if you have a graphics card, simply uninstall the card and plug the monitor into the standard video port on the motherboard.

then boot up and uninstall the drivers for the card.

reboot the machine, play around a little, then shut it down.

next re-install that card in accordance to the installation manual or website - similarly as if you have just purchased the card new from from the store.

if its fried, then it will be evident

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If it fried the Card there would be no display at all.

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Is the graphics card frie ...

What is more likely is that the New Driver you have loaded is not working properly so I would remove it and reload the older driver.


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by BataTamata In reply to If it fried the Card ther ...

In a similar situation I have had to roll back the drivers every time I try to update with HCL drivers.

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This site might help

by Slayer_ In reply to Is the graphics card frie ...

It has good examples of different graphics card failures.

I have had 2 graphics cards that failed by making the system randomly restart (not freeze, the system would just turn off and restart, even with restart on AC loss turned off)
My laptop card won't boot in Windows anymore, but if I boot to Linux, it looks like the first image on that site, but with blue instead of red.

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Based on what you describe

by Charles Bundy In reply to Is the graphics card frie ...

It sounds like a VRAM problem. It could also be a primary DRAM/CPU issue which might explain the HD/OS issues under Win7 you described. You've checked the HD but have you tried memtest+/CPUtest?

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