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Phugga

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Hello! Well quite a long time ago, I began receiving error messages which said "System Failed VGA Test" from a computer voice, often when I start up my computer. The screen is blank, and I cannot view anything on my monitor, though I hear Windows start up in the background. I have tried restarting, and it sometimes restarts successfully, Saying "updated ESCD successfully", and I may be able to use my computer, while other times, I would see Windows boot up, then the screen would flicker on and off, and then it would go blank, and I would have to restart again.

I thought it would be my video card, because it would work for a period of time after i adjusted it a bit. I have tried installing new drivers, but for some reason or other, it seems my monitor (or video card, I forget which) was never compatible with Windows! (My monitor is Diamond View DV158)

Please help me resolve this problem, it has caused me extreme frustration over these few days.
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Just about any monitor is compatible with Windows, and so are most video cards. It's the video card "driver" which has to be compatible with the version of Windows it's installed on.

However, the error you are getting "Failed VGA Test" before Windows has loaded is not a driver issue. Much more likely to be hardware-related.

Possible causes:

1. Failed graphics card (if it's an on-board chip you can fit a new PCI one instead

2. Flaky power supply unit (PSU)

Personally I'd go with the graphics card first. Preferrably borrow one if you can to confirm it is that before buying new.
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OK thanks for diagnosing my problem. I will take it down to the repair shop for them to fit a new video card. I'm not very experienced with hardware issues so I'm afraid I might mess it up.
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