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you_silly_mortals

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Hey guys, I've got computer troubles once again.

Whats happening is that sometimes when I boot up my computer the boot (motherboard logo) screen is scrambled. The only other symptom that I can tell is that about one second after I push the power button the fans in my computer (specifically the video card since its the loudest) slow down and get a bit quieter.

I had thought it was caused by a malfunctioning fan at first because the fan was making a horrible noise and the scrambling didn't seem to occur after I shut down and unplugged the fan.

But then when it happened again I thought it might be because the electric socket couldn't meet the power demands of my setup.

I'm pretty sure I ruled that out when I used an extension cord to plug the computer in across the room. Now its happening again and I'm really starting to get worried, as I have no idea what could be causing it now. The only thing that changed from when there was no problem to when it started was that I had moved from my dorm room back home

Does anybody have any ideas?
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Defective graphics card is more likely the problem than anything else.
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I've posted about this in another forum and that has been mentioned there too. Which is a real bummer because I don't think its under warranty anymore. But I'll be able to confirm this just by stressing it right?
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Yes but if your boot screen is scrambled it kinds of gives the game away that the card is now defective.
See if you can borrow a graphics card from somewhere and see if the symptoms clear up.
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Well I actually have 2 cards in there right now. The secondary one is for supplemental monitors. I'm going away this weekend so I wont be able to test until Monday but thanks for the tip. Cheers.
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