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Replacement video card


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I have a HP-Pavilion computer equipped with an AMD Phenon 9550 quad processor 4GB of ram and an radeon 3600 series graphics card.

It came with the Vista OS which I had loads of problems with (sometimes take several hours to boot up and periodically having to go through the windows repair routine)so I upgraded to the home edition of Windows 7 but with little improvement. Of late the situation has become worse with the computer turning off with no warning. It reboots ok on restart and the runs again for several hours. I took the side off and discovered the cpu heat sink was clogged with dust and the video card cooling fan wasn't running.

Is the coolin fan supposed to run all the time or is this an indication of the problem?

Do you think replaceing the video card will solve my problems?

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To see if you are 32Bit or 64, you could just look at the disk you used to install Windows 7, or go to Control panel then System and the information will be there. Use this: SIW scroll down to the free version, this will tell you all you need to know about what's in your PC

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