can a virus damage your graphic card?

June 20, 2010 at 10:25:56
Specs: Windows XP

got a virus cleaned the hard drive reienstalled windows ... the graphics card is new -'radeon 9800 pro'the computer is an ibm itell z pro...my graphics are borked on my games prims stretched then flash everywere.. is there something i can do?

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#1
June 20, 2010 at 10:37:22

u didn't install v-card driver. Make sure all necessary drivers are installed. Go to ati website to download video driver.

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#2
June 20, 2010 at 11:00:27

When you reinstall Windows, it will load generic drivers that were available in 2002. All they do is offer basic functionality. If you want your hardware to to perform it's best, you need to install the latest available drivers. If you don't know about graphics drivers, you probably don't know about chipset drivers, audio drivers, network drivers, etc.

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#3
June 20, 2010 at 11:22:29

i went to ati searched the correct driver and installed this ... i did this twice... first time i was so frustrated to mention it sorry... then restarted- back to my game prims are still stretched and borked all over the screen...:(

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#4
June 20, 2010 at 13:47:29

Boot to a live cd and see if it works correctly.


I doubt a virus did it but in theory it could happen.

More likely other issues. The video card could have been driven at wrong settings. Old linux users used to burn up their cards.It doesn't happen too much anymore.

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#5
June 20, 2010 at 19:28:42

You have to install the motherboard chipset drivers, then the video drivers. For the video drivers, you should be downloading & installing "option 2":

http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownlo...

Can't help you with the chipset drivers because you haven't bothered to tell us which motherboard you have or anything else about your system.


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