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    more home PC help - graphics card nuked?

    hey guys, just wanted a quick bit of advice:

    left my computer running downloading something off of bittorrent, and when i came back to check how it was going, when i tried to wake up the computer (the monitor had turned off, as it is supposed to) the monitor turned on and displayed this faint load of random crap.....


    i turned off the computer and now it starts up and then lets out a long beep followed immediately by two very short beeps.... and i can't see anythign on the monitor....


    now i'm pretty sure this has to be the graphics card, but i wanted to check before i go out and spend a big wadge of cash to replace a radeon 256mb 9600 XT (would probs get the 128mb 9800 pro)


    so can anyone just tell me - yes, that is most likely your problem? i can't try it out in another computer as this time unfortunately

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    Quote Originally Posted by rusty
    hey guys, just wanted a quick bit of advice:

    left my computer running downloading something off of bittorrent, and when i came back to check how it was going, when i tried to wake up the computer (the monitor had turned off, as it is supposed to) the monitor turned on and displayed this faint load of random crap.....


    i turned off the computer and now it starts up and then lets out a long beep followed immediately by two very short beeps.... and i can't see anythign on the monitor....


    now i'm pretty sure this has to be the graphics card, but i wanted to check before i go out and spend a big wadge of cash to replace a radeon 256mb 9600 XT (would probs get the 128mb 9800 pro)


    so can anyone just tell me - yes, that is most likely your problem? i can't try it out in another computer as this time unfortunately
    Those beeps are the key to troubleshooting. They are used to indicate a specific problem, usually a failed component, when the motherboard cannot display video.
    Most motherboards have 'beep codes'. Look up your motherboard's manufacturer, and they should have a reference to the beep codes for that motherboard. There isn't any standard or anything for the beep codes, as far as I know. so each motherboard or manufacturer is different.
    Could it be video? possibly. It could also be CPU, memory, or a motherboard component.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Try another video card before you go buy one. Take one out of your normal desktop.
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    being the kind of person i am, after a bit more ponerding and trying things i went out and bought a nice shiney new 9800 pro.... and it works!

    wohoo!!!

    wonder why the other one just died though

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    to DarquePervert:
    There isn't any standard or anything for the beep codes, as far as I know
    This is where you are wrong! The beep codes are more or less common to all manufacturers (excepting probably the most manufacturer specific ones). And what's more surprisingly - they haven't changed since 80's!
    What regards '-..' if I remember correctly, yes it's video, but as Rusty has got his new card, I'm too lazy to go to look up a book if I'm 100% correct.

    Hey, Rusty, have you remembered about warranty, before you got new one? Or was your card already too old to qualify for warranty replacement?

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    yeah, i need to put the standard heat sink back on, then i'll try and get my warranty

    if i get it replaced under warranty i'll just sell it to one of my friends.... guess i'm better off with the 9800 pro anyway


    now i'm just waiting on my coolermaster wave case, and my system will be complete! (for now )

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    if it fried, it might have overheated and burnded up. hope your new one has a fan ;x
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    overheating is my guess too.... odd though seeing as i had an Arctic Cooling VGA silencer on it....

    but hey, you live and learn... oddly enough this 9800pro has a much smaller standard heatsink than the 9600XT it's replacing. doesn't seem to get outrageously hot, but i haven't really stretched it's muscles yet... a bigger heatsink might be a wise investment, especially as i may overlcock it a smidge

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