PowerColor Radeon X300 SE video card is not working

October 18, 2012 at 19:56:58
Specs: Windows Vista, 2Ghz / 4G
During boot up, at the time when windows screen shows up - goes blank. Does the capacitors tend to go bad on the PowerColor Radeon X300 SE video card? One of the caps looks a bit bulged on the top.

Here are comp specs:

OS Name Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium
Version 6.0.6002 Service Pack 2 Build 6002
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name NEW-PC
System Manufacturer Dell Inc
System Model Dimension E521
System Type X86-based PC
Processor AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+, 2004 Mhz, 1 Core(s), 1 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc 1.1.5, 2/5/2007
SMBIOS Version 2.4

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October 18, 2012 at 20:05:51
If you're getting a display up to a point & then the screen goes blank, I doubt the video card is the problem. What happens if you wait at the blank screen? Will the system continue to boot into Windows or would a password be required? Do you hear the Windows logon sound? Did you try removing the card & connecting the monitor to the onboard video port?

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October 23, 2012 at 20:30:33

Sorry for late response. Did try again yesterday; computer booted all the way, Vista recognized the card and I changed screen resolution. It was up for about 3 min and then went blank.

Onboard video is working fine, I just thought that the card would provide a bit better gaming experience. (I didn't buy that card, it was given to me used.)

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October 25, 2012 at 11:17:10
well i hope ur planning to stick to old games because its a very old card.
what about ur power supply ?
can u try the video card on another computer ?
can u boot to safe mode(with networking) ? if so go to amds website and download the latest driver for ur card it should be in the legacy drivers

computers are a second home

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October 27, 2012 at 00:21:30

I downloaded new drivers, power supply is OK, and the video card, though old, is still better than the onboard video.

Don't have an access to check it on other computer. Thanks for suggestions.

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