can a power surge damage a graphics card

July 15, 2011 at 21:20:27
Specs: windows xp
how can you tell if power surge damaged graph

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July 15, 2011 at 21:52:50
Why are you asking? But yes it most definitely could, and you would be lucky that's all it damaged. Are you having issues with your card?

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July 16, 2011 at 02:05:39
You can only tell If the graphics card was damaged by trying the card in a different PC or fitting a new graphics card in place of the existing one.

To avoid damage by a power surge to PC components you should have your PC plugged into a surge-protector socket. You can buy a surge-protector that comes as a strip of sockets, the most popular brand being Belkin. They make various models depending on how many sockets you want. Some are upright ones which take up less floor-space, or flat horizontal ones with four or six sockets. Depends on how much you want to pay.

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July 16, 2011 at 06:20:40
To identify a reason for failure means identifying damage part(s) on that card. Most replies would not even know where to start. Most just assume damage must be surge damage due to advertising, hearsay, and wild speculation.

Most electronic failures are due to manufacturing defects. Such defects (ie bulging electrolytic capacitors) can occur years later.

To be surge damaged, an electric current must enter that card on one path (ie video display) and exit on another path (ie motherboard). If both paths do not exist, then no surge current exists. Damage parts are only in that path. All other parts would be unharmed. Then one could assume damage was from a surge.

If a surge damaged a graphics card, then other appliances are also surge damage. Is a dishwasher, digital clocks, TV, or bathroom GFCI also damaged? If not, then a surge is doubtful.

Most failures are due to manufacturing defects.

What can sometimes make surge damage easier? A power strip protector. That protector can sometimes give a surge even more paths to find earth destructively via the computer. Can compromise superior protection already inside appliances. Informed consumers instead and only earth one ‘whole house’ protector.

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July 16, 2011 at 08:31:57
You swap with known good parts.

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July 16, 2011 at 08:38:10
If you're using onboard video - a video adapter built into the mboard - IT IS NOT A video CARD !

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