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What replacement graphics card do I need?


robbo947

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Hi,

Now I will add as much info as I can to try and find the right answer, but with everything there is online I don't know where to start?

This is the info I have just copied....

Windows 7 Ultimate

System

Manufacturer PACKARD BELL BV Model iXtreme Y8520 Total amount of system memory 2.00 GB RAM System type 32-bit operating system Number of processor cores 2 64-bit capable Yes

Storage

Total size of hard disk(s) 793 GB Disk partition (C:) 281 GB Free (327 GB Total) Media drive (D:) CD/DVD Disk partition (I:) 120 GB Free (466 GB Total)

Graphics

Display adapter type Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.0) Total available graphics memory 256 MB Dedicated graphics memory 0 MB Dedicated system memory 64 MB Shared system memory 192 MB Display adapter driver version 8.15.10.1749 Primary monitor resolution 1680x1050 DirectX version DirectX 9.0 or better

The graphics card that isn't working is....

GV-N860G512IA nVIDIA GeForce 8600GS 512MB VGA/DVI/TVO PCIe Graphics Card

Could anyone please point me in the right direction for a replacement? eBay, PC World etc.

Many Thanks

Ben

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wee eddie

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Can anyone else help.

It's obvious that the Card is not functioning but I cannot see that a faulty Graphics Card would stop a PC from Booting. You'd normally just get a "No Signal" message on the Monitor.

Something else must have happened, but what?

The Graphics Card could still be OK.

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robbo947

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"Without the Card in place and when the PC starts normally. Do you get a POST Beep?"

No, the light on the power button comes on but nothing else happens, no beep.

"When the Card is in it's Slot and the Monitor is plugged into the Card rather than the PC. What happens when you turn the PC on?"

Nothing, only the light on the power button comes on.

"Hard Drive starting - or what?"

Nope not a thing.

Re: Watching a trailer, I was actually watching a trailer, this morning I watched 5 trailers on Apple's Trailer site, on a morning, I read the news, empire news, trailers, get ready for work, nothing perverted lol

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robbo947

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"Without the Card in place and when the PC starts normally. Do you get a POST Beep?"

No, the light on the power button comes on but nothing else happens, no beep.

"When the Card is in it's Slot and the Monitor is plugged into the Card rather than the PC. What happens when you turn the PC on?"

Nothing, only the light on the power button comes on.

"Hard Drive starting - or what?"

Nope not a thing.

Re: Watching a trailer, I was actually watching a trailer, this morning I watched 5 trailers on Apple's Trailer site, on a morning, I read the news, empire news, trailers, get ready for work, nothing perverted lol

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wee eddie

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"I tried to change the video to 720, the PC stopped working and the PC just turned off."

How? Could this give us a clue to what went wrong.

It might be worthwhile removing and reloading the GC's Drivers, as they might have become corrupted by whatever it was you did.

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wee eddie

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Is there any possibility of trying an old/very cheap card in the slot?

That, at least, would tend to isolate the problem.

I would hate it if you spent £100.00 on a new card and then found the there was a fault on the MoBo

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Woolwell

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Reading through this I am confused whether the system works at all. Without the card it doesn't appear to boot and with the card it doesn't boot. Is that correct?

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robbo947

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It boots fine without the card in.

Once the card is in it doesn't boot, when I get home I will delete any existing drivers and see if that does the trick

Ben

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Woolwell

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The card has indeed probably failed. But I'm not the best person to advise on a replecment.

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Woolwell

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Or replacement

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nickf

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I tend to agree with wee eddie , far more likely that the drivers/firmware have got screwed by what evr you did to go 720 . A replacement card would certainly cure the problem , but would be overkill ! I would definately try reloading drivers first . good luck .

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