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Does this sound like a graphics card error?

chand

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#1
Hello everyone,

I just want to know if a graphics card is not working, would it prevent me logging into vista? like there isn't enough graphics to boot vista? is this possible?
Also would a malfunctioning graphics card cause weird symbols in the BIOS, like weird vertical lines, dollar signs replacing spaces, E's replacing F's, A's replacing N's etc.?
Also could a power surge possibly damage the graphics card? in terms of hardware?
I am not asking for a fix here; i just want to know if this can happen:)

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#2
Yes a powersurge can mess with a card, hopefully you have a surge protector.

NO, the BIOS is booted from the mobo, so the card should not mess with it, not in that manner.

It also should not prevent you logging in....

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chand

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#3
No, i did not have a surge protector, and this is why my grpahics card is stuffed right now....

Yes, the BIOS is booted from the mother board. However, on other forums ppl who have had this problem fixed it by replacing their graphics card. I do not know why since it had nothing to do with it?:huh:

When I try to log into windows normally, a Blue Screen of Death appears saying:
"Attempt to reset the display driver and recover fromt timeout failed"
I think the only thing stopping me from booting is graphics card.... or maybe my motherboard malfunctioned also? sigh...

Thanks for your reply !:)

Yes a powersurge can mess with a card, hopefully you have a surge protector.

NO, the BIOS is booted from the mobo, so the card should not mess with it, not in that manner.

It also should not prevent you logging in....

~Lordbob
 

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#4
Ok, get a surgeprotector.

Try this:
Do you have onboard graphics? Take out your graphics card, and plug your Monitor into the motherboard and boot up. Does it work? If it does, then it is indeed a bad video card.

~Lordbob
 

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    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz
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    ASUS P5QC
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    2x2GB
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    NVidia GeForce 9500GT 1Gb
    Sound Card
    Mobo
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 206bw
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
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    Samsung SP2514N ATA 250Gb 7200RPM
    Samsung [Model] 1Tb 7200RPM SATA2
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chand

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Hi bob:)
Don't worry, i will be calling professional help in a few days, since i do not feel confident doing anything 'under tyhe hood'.
Sorry if u feel like u've wasted u're time but u've helped me locate the problem and it has really helped me. I appreciate it thanks!:)

Ok, get a surgeprotector.

Try this:
Do you have onboard graphics? Take out your graphics card, and plug your Monitor into the motherboard and boot up. Does it work? If it does, then it is indeed a bad video card.

~Lordbob
 

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#6
Ok, well the pro's sometime know what they are doing.... Lol my mom made me take my computer into Geek Squad, and they had no clue whatsoever that anything was wrong. My computer wouldn't start up.... (good job IT "pros") I fixed it myself a week later.

~Lordbob
 

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    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS P5QC
    Memory
    2x2GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce 9500GT 1Gb
    Sound Card
    Mobo
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 206bw
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SP2514N ATA 250Gb 7200RPM
    Samsung [Model] 1Tb 7200RPM SATA2
    PSU
    Cooler Master Real Power Pro 750W
    Mouse
    Razer Lachesis
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    Razer Tarantula
    Internet Speed
    not fast enough

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