Graphics Card Issue! Very Confused! HELP!

August 4, 2011 at 19:15:17
Specs: Windows XP Media Center Edition
So here is a little history..
I have had my dell dimension c521 for about 4 1/2 years now and about 6 months ago my graphics card went out and i have no idea why.
and the reason i say that is because....
about 2 weeks ago, my card all of a sudden started working again. like out of the blue. Im not sure what the heck is going on but for some reason my computer doesnt recognize the PCI-E slot that its plugged into? Or does my PCI graphics card just work when it wants too?

Anyone experience something like this? Or know the fix so that my PCI-E card works all the time?
I am currently using integrated mobo graphics...
and YES my graphics drivers are in.. and it still doesnt work.


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#1
August 4, 2011 at 21:36:40
my card all of a sudden started working again
Do u mean post and boot ok or fans spinning & blank screen?

What happen when u start the system without a video card(fans spinning, beeps or nothing)?
If the system refuse to post without the video card installed then don't blame the video card or pci-e slot. If i were u i will start with 280w PSU.

http://support.dell.com/support/edo...

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.


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#2
August 5, 2011 at 16:42:35
Wait so are you saying the PSU is the problem? because like I said before, It all of a sudden decided to work again like 2 weeks ago so.. i wouldnt think the psu is the problem.

By the way, heres a little more information that may help. OK so when I use the DVI cable (which is white) everything starts up (fans and everything) but when i look at the screen the monitor light is still yellow, most likely meaning that nothing is trying to output on the screen even though there is a card plugged into the slot.
When i use the VGA cable (which is blue) (which is the integrated card) (nVidia GeForce 6150LE) it works I can see fine on the screen.

When I go into the BIOS, i look where it tells me if my PCI-E slots are populated or not, and it tells me that it's NOT populated even though there is something in there.


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#3
August 6, 2011 at 02:04:11
Try another video card.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.


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