Computer Starts But No Display

Cicero SiS 661FX/ 2005
July 7, 2008 at 16:39:06
Specs: Windows XP, 2.66GHZ/1GB
So my computer starts, but there's no display on the monitor. Fans are running, monitor is plugged in correctly and working. Thats all symptoms I've noticed.

This computer does have a history of crashing, freezing, throttling, and forced shut downs due to those problems. Recently the computer freezes then the screen becomes pixelated and goes through a manual shut down/restart before working again.

After a bit of research it seems that my graphic card has died, but this one is integrated so, any suggestions?
Is the whole motherboard useless?
Can I just get a new graphic card?
Is the problem something else?

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July 7, 2008 at 17:45:54
Sounds like overheating. Boot immediately to the BIOS and check PC Health. You may need to open the case and perform housekeeping. Do NOT use a vacuum cleaner. Use canned or compressed air to blow out the dust. Don't forget to do the PSU.

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July 7, 2008 at 17:58:07
Uhhh I forgot to mention that I can't get into the BIOS at all, not even the screen that checks for ram and harddrive.

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July 8, 2008 at 06:38:22
Sounds like a bad Monitor or video card..

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July 8, 2008 at 06:45:31
Did your onboard video work prior to installing the add in card?

You need to remove the add in card in order for the integrated card to work. Be sure to unplug the computer and use caution with static discharge.

It would be a good time to perform that housekeeping when you have the case open. You may want to take the unit outside to blow it out. You will be amazed at how much dust can build up.

How did you determine the video card is dead?

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July 8, 2008 at 15:17:19
Well let me recapp
1. Video Card is Integrated.
2. There's no BIOS/POST or any of that stuff.
3. Monitor works but when plugged into this computer, there's no display.
4. I've cleaned out all the dust.
5. The computer has been working until recently.
6. Recent crashes leading up to the broken computer consisted of pixelated screen.
7. Because of evidence 2 - 6 I suspect my integrated video card is dead.
8. Some suggests its my PSU or Ram but I've tested the RAM. As for my PSU, I'm not sure how I can test it.

There could be other problems and I don't know much but I recently replaced my heatsink and fan with pre-applied thermal paste so it doesn't seem to be overheating. It worked a few days after I replaced the heatsink just perfectly, then this problem came up.

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