Solved Is my PSU dying?

EdHorny

New Member
Hey folks,
I recently added a NIC card to my comp because the one on my motherboard wouldn't work preoperly. Everything was fine for a few days but then my graphics card began to play up. The top of the display was fine, but the bottom three quarters was a cross between grey and odd colours. I took the NIC card out thinking I had overloaded the graphics card, turned it on and all was fine. Then after 5 minutes it began to play up again, but only when I was burning a DVD. I think it's the PSU as it's 2 and a half years old, I don't think it's pumping out enough juice for everything. The problem is gradually getting worst.

Would you recomend a PSU change or do you know if it's something else. Your help is appreciated.

ED
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Evesham Vale
    CPU
    AMD X2 4200+
    Motherboard
    MSI 7125 - K8N Neo4 Platinum
    Memory
    2GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    XFX NVidia 9500GT 256MB
    Sound Card
    Creative SB X-Fi XtremeGamer
    Monitor(s) Displays
    21 inch Samsung 205 Widescreen
    Screen Resolution
    1680 x 1050
    Hard Drives
    WD 500GB 7200RPM
    WD 250GB 7200RPM
    PSU
    400w
    Case
    N/A
    Cooling
    Manufacturer heatsink and direct Case vent
    Mouse
    MS Optical
    Keyboard
    MS Standard
    Internet Speed
    16MB SKY Broadband Max (8MB actual)

Dwarf

The Contemplator
Vista Guru
Gold Member
Hi Ed and welcome to Vista Forums :party:

It's possible, but unlikely. What has probably happened is that you have knocked your graphics card when inserting the NIC card, with the result that it is no longer seated correctly in its slot. What I suggest is that you remove the card, blow the slot out to remove any dust and then reinsert the card securely. If your motherboard has onboard graphics, you might also like to try using that prior to reinstalling the graphics card just in case the card is failing. If the graphics problem disappears when you use the onboard graphics but return when you use the card, then the card has most likely failed.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dwarf Dwf/11/2012 r09/2013
    CPU
    Intel Core-i5-3570K 4-core @ 3.4GHz (Ivy Bridge) (OC 4.2GHz)
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M
    Memory
    4 x 4GB DDR3-1600 Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B (16GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GeForce GTX770 Gaming OC 2GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition on board solution (ALC 898)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic VA1912w Widescreen
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    OCZ Agility 3 120GB SATA III x2 (RAID 0)
    Samsung HD501LJ 500GB SATA II x2
    Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 1TB SATA II
    Iomega 1.5TB Ext USB 2.0
    WD 2.0TB Ext USB 3.0
    PSU
    XFX Pro Series 850W Semi-Modular
    Case
    Gigabyte IF233
    Cooling
    1 x 120mm Front Inlet 1 x 120mm Rear Exhaust
    Mouse
    Microsoft Comfort Mouse 3000 for Business (USB)
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000 (USB)
    Internet Speed
    NetGear DG834Gv3 ADSL Modem/Router (Ethernet) ~4.0 Mb/s (O2)
    Other Info
    Optical Drive: HL-DT-ST BD-RE BH10LS30 SATA Bluray
    Lexmark S305 Printer/Scanner/Copier (USB)
    WEI Score: 8.1/8.1/8.5/8.5/8.25
    Asus Eee PC 1011PX Netbook (Windows 7 x86 Starter)

EdHorny

New Member
I've taken the card out, checked it and made sure it's seated correctly. It works fine until I come to do something like burn DVD's or save something and then after 5 minutes the monitor is back to normal. I have already brought a new graphics card. i'll drop that in and see if that's fine.

Cheers
ED
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Evesham Vale
    CPU
    AMD X2 4200+
    Motherboard
    MSI 7125 - K8N Neo4 Platinum
    Memory
    2GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    XFX NVidia 9500GT 256MB
    Sound Card
    Creative SB X-Fi XtremeGamer
    Monitor(s) Displays
    21 inch Samsung 205 Widescreen
    Screen Resolution
    1680 x 1050
    Hard Drives
    WD 500GB 7200RPM
    WD 250GB 7200RPM
    PSU
    400w
    Case
    N/A
    Cooling
    Manufacturer heatsink and direct Case vent
    Mouse
    MS Optical
    Keyboard
    MS Standard
    Internet Speed
    16MB SKY Broadband Max (8MB actual)

EdHorny

New Member
I feel like a clown. It was my Viewsonic 21 inch monitor dying. Now got a Samsung 20 inch widescreen.

ED
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Evesham Vale
    CPU
    AMD X2 4200+
    Motherboard
    MSI 7125 - K8N Neo4 Platinum
    Memory
    2GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    XFX NVidia 9500GT 256MB
    Sound Card
    Creative SB X-Fi XtremeGamer
    Monitor(s) Displays
    21 inch Samsung 205 Widescreen
    Screen Resolution
    1680 x 1050
    Hard Drives
    WD 500GB 7200RPM
    WD 250GB 7200RPM
    PSU
    400w
    Case
    N/A
    Cooling
    Manufacturer heatsink and direct Case vent
    Mouse
    MS Optical
    Keyboard
    MS Standard
    Internet Speed
    16MB SKY Broadband Max (8MB actual)

Dwarf

The Contemplator
Vista Guru
Gold Member
Me too. The following should really have woken the brain cell up:
EdHorny said:
The top of the display was fine, but the bottom three quarters was a cross between grey and odd colours.
Any how, pleased that you have resolved your problem. Sometimes, it's the obvious things that cause problems, but these are the things that are most often overlooked, particularly in your case where the problem coincidentally started to manifest itself at the same time as you adding a card in your system.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dwarf Dwf/11/2012 r09/2013
    CPU
    Intel Core-i5-3570K 4-core @ 3.4GHz (Ivy Bridge) (OC 4.2GHz)
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M
    Memory
    4 x 4GB DDR3-1600 Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B (16GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GeForce GTX770 Gaming OC 2GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition on board solution (ALC 898)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic VA1912w Widescreen
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    OCZ Agility 3 120GB SATA III x2 (RAID 0)
    Samsung HD501LJ 500GB SATA II x2
    Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 1TB SATA II
    Iomega 1.5TB Ext USB 2.0
    WD 2.0TB Ext USB 3.0
    PSU
    XFX Pro Series 850W Semi-Modular
    Case
    Gigabyte IF233
    Cooling
    1 x 120mm Front Inlet 1 x 120mm Rear Exhaust
    Mouse
    Microsoft Comfort Mouse 3000 for Business (USB)
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000 (USB)
    Internet Speed
    NetGear DG834Gv3 ADSL Modem/Router (Ethernet) ~4.0 Mb/s (O2)
    Other Info
    Optical Drive: HL-DT-ST BD-RE BH10LS30 SATA Bluray
    Lexmark S305 Printer/Scanner/Copier (USB)
    WEI Score: 8.1/8.1/8.5/8.5/8.25
    Asus Eee PC 1011PX Netbook (Windows 7 x86 Starter)
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