Is it a graphics card failure?

June 21, 2011 at 17:04:56
Specs: Windows XP, 1.5 GB RAM, Quad Core Intel Processor [I think]
I started up my computer today and it started having problems. No blue screens, no errors, it just locks up and then restarts, and if I try to start it up normally, it gets to the Windows screen with the little loading bar beneath it that shows it's booting up, and then locks up and restarts again. It seems to start up alright in Safe Mode, which leads me to believe it's a problem with my graphics card since Safe Mode bypasses it, right?

It's a custom-built gaming PC with an NVidia graphics card and motherboard {I don't remember what type of motherboard it is, but it's the 9800GT graphics card] and a quad-core processor. I Don't know much about computers, so I can't tell you exactly what those parts are, but I'm running Windows XP Service Pack 3.

Gaming is my life and how I keep my depression from getting too bad, so while it's not exactly what someone would call urgent, it certainly feels that way to me... Please help :(


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#1
June 21, 2011 at 17:12:39
Have you installed any new games, drivers, or other software? Did you check for overheating? Turn off the automatic restart feature, then a blue screen will be displayed & the STOP code will help you determine what the problem is.

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/tipst...

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#2
June 21, 2011 at 17:26:54
No, I havn't installed anything new. How do I check for overheating, or is it just as simple as feeling for heat? I know there hasn't been any sort of burnt smell if that's a sign of it.

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#3
June 21, 2011 at 17:38:48
It may be the graphics driver. It may be something else. I would boot into safe-mode and uninstall the graphics driver, Then boot into Windows normally and see if it works without restarting. If it does work fine, re-install the latest graphics driver from the NVIDIA website.

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#4
June 21, 2011 at 18:27:39
It doesn't work without restarting, in fact it doesn't work at all other than starting it in safe mode. There's no BSOD because it never gets far enough, it gets past the NVidia screen and to the Windows logo screen before it freezes up and restarts.

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#5
June 21, 2011 at 19:56:29
Wait. It works fine in safe-mode, right? It doesn't restart automatically in safe-mode, right? If that's the case, in safe-mode, uninstall the NVIDIA driver. Then restart the computer normally (not in safe-mode). Then, at this point if the computer doesn't restart automatically install the latest NVIDIA driver.

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#6
June 21, 2011 at 22:16:32
I believe OS is bad, try to repair. U have good hardware but 1.5gb of ram isn't enough for current games.

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


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#7
June 22, 2011 at 09:47:10
Did you follow the instructions in the link I posted in response # 1 ? You need to disable the auto-restart feature.

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#8
June 22, 2011 at 12:10:18
Alright, I tried that and it started freezing up again. It seems to work alright with just the very basic driver for my card, but nothing beyond that. And even though the automatic restart function is turned off, it still doesn't show a BSOD when it locks up.

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#9
June 23, 2011 at 09:31:59
It seems to only work with the very basic driver, anything newer and the computer begins locking up again :(

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#10
June 23, 2011 at 19:54:32

If it works with the basic driver but not with the latest driver, try installing an older version of the driver. Install the next most recent driver. If that doesn't work either, uninstall it and work your way down to the next driver on the list. Repeat until you install a driver that is stable with your system.

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#11
June 23, 2011 at 22:01:46
Hello Lander what's the operating system of your PC?

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#12
June 24, 2011 at 05:27:54
@bennix86

He states in his original post that it's Windows XP Service Pack 3


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