Failing Onboard Video

July 28, 2009 at 06:18:25
Specs: Windows XP
Is the the following a reasonable approach to dealing with a failing onboard card: Disable the onboard video in the BIOS and simply add a physical video card into an available motherboard slot?

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July 28, 2009 at 08:27:33
It might be; depends on the motherboard problem causing the onboard graphics failure.

If my answer seems like a cop out, consider that you gave absolutely no system information or symptoms.


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July 28, 2009 at 09:29:54
Thx for your input. I don't own the PC so I only know what I've been told. Apparently the video disappears from the monitor periodically. I know the PC is one year old Acer Desktop and is running an Intel 1.8 gHz dual core processor. I have to assume it came loaded with Vista - possibly XP. It's presently running a distro of Linux and behaves exactly the same way, so it's got to be the monitor (fingers crossed) or the onboard video - at least that's all I can think of to explain the behavior.

Any additional thoughts would be welcomed. Thx, again.

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July 28, 2009 at 09:34:49
The simple check is to try a different monitor on the system, or conversely, try that monitor on a known working system.

Monitor cable is suspect.

Overheating is a possible cause too. I would think that either the graphics chip works or not. Possible driver issue too.

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July 28, 2009 at 09:40:58
I plan to check out the monitor when I have access to the PC. Hadn't considered heat - I'll check that out as well. Since the PC misbehaves as a Windows or Linux machine, I would have guessed drivers not to be the cause. Easy enough to add that to the list of possible causes though...

Thx, again.

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July 28, 2009 at 10:38:27
Yea, drivers are probably not the issue.

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