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Is my graphics card fried?


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If you had built on video it would be simple to test if the card is the problem or the system itself.

Yes I believe the issue is the card. Fan may be turning but may not be cooling correctly
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I want to make sure of the problem before i go ahead and buy a video card and find out i still have the same crashes. Could it have anything with the power? driver? i googled the problem and a site said that 70C is normal!? sorry, i just don't know enough about computers and video cards in general to know what's going on.

Btw i forgot to mention the fan in the card, but it seems to work fine (that is to say it spins).
It seems that my GPU temp is like 65-70C with just the desktop on the screen.
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To check for a bad driver
Download WhoCrashed from the link in my signature below
This program checks for any drivers which may have been causing your computer to crash....

Click on the file you just downloaded and run it.
Put a tick in Accept then click on Next
Put a tick in the Don't create a start menu folder then click Next
Put a tick in Create a Desktop Icon then click on Install and make sure there is a tick in Launch Whocrashed before clicking Finish
Click Analyze
It will want to download the Debugger and install it Say Yes
WhoCrashed will create report but you have to scroll down to see it
Copy and paste it into your next reply


To check for a faulty device...

Please Go to
1: STARTand the click on RUN
2: Type in devmgmt.msc
3: Click Enter

To do a screenshot please have click on your Print Screen on your keyboard. It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key
Now go to Start and then to All Programs
Scroll to Accessories and then click on Paint
In the Empty White Area click and hold the CTRL key and then click the V
Go to the File option at the top and click on Save as
Save as file type JPEG and save it to your Desktop


Attach it to your next reply
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ok this is weird, "Whocrashed" only recorded a crash from today and not the 20 or so crashes this year (plus a couple from a year ago). The only difference i know of is that today it asked me if i wanted to start in safe mode on bootup. Anyway, here's the log:

On Sat 30/01/2010 4:20:00 PM your computer crashed
This was likely caused by the following module: nv4_disp.dll
Bugcheck code: 0x100000EA (0x898A2518, 0x899004C8, 0xBA4EBCBC, 0x1)
Error: THREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER_M
Dump file: C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini013010-01.dmp
file path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nv4_disp.dll
product: NVIDIA Compatible Windows 2000 Display driver, Version 182.50
company: NVIDIA Corporation
description: NVIDIA Compatible Windows 2000 Display driver, Version 182.50


and a screenshot of my devices:

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This is what whocrashed is saying is the problem. The highlighted is the Nvidia driver in part.

This was likely caused by the following module: nv4_disp.dll


Nothing under device manager as far as video problem.
Let me ask is your system actually running Win98?
Do you know what PSU you have??
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I have Windows XP. How do i find out what PSU i have? i can't find it in everest.

Ok i downloaded and installed the latest driver. This i what happened:

After uninstalling my old one, my computer wouldn't boot up properly the first time (montor black)

After installing the new one, same thing. I restarted computer then had to reset it again.

When my computer did boot up finally i could hear my fan working very loud for a few minutes (i realized it hasn't done that for a long time), then settled back. Looking at my temperatures, my GPU is still at 65C. Sigh...

PS. should i be worried that i had to do so many hard resets in the past few weeks?

Edited by Soul Forge, 31 January 2010 - 03:25 AM.

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To see the PSU you will need to open the system up. You never said if this is a laptop or a desktop but by our posts I am inclined to believe it is a desktop. There should be a sticker on the PSU with the make, model and wattage on it. I need all three of those.
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PS. should i be worried that i had to do so many hard resets in the past few weeks?

running chkdsk /r will check the drive and fix anything it finds
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ugh! i feel so stupid! i missed the psu when i was checking the fans before. It's got a fan pointing directly down towards the video card and it's not turning at all. i only noticed it when i laid the tower on its side. (speaks a lot about my computer knowledge, doesn't it?). I sprayed some compressed gas in there but no dice. Is it listed in my speedfan settings, fan3 (0 rpm)?

here's the specs:
Dynex model #: DX-PS500W
Output Watts: 500W, +5V 3.3V: 180W

Ps. It's also very hot

Edited by Soul Forge, 31 January 2010 - 04:42 PM.

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Can you get me picture of the fan in the case you are talking about?
If the fan is in the PSU and not turning then your issue may be a faulty PSU and not the video after all. It also could mean the PSU is not supplying enough wattage for the Video card.
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ok here's a photo. The fan inside is not turning. Is there no way to fix it? jump-start it somehow?

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You are talking about the one inside the PSU?
Nope no way to fix it and it is probably the fan that pulls the hot air in and then there is a fan on the back that exhaust the hot air out.
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the one on the top right of the photo (back of tower) exhausts air out. In any case, you're probably right. Time to buy a new one. Will i be able to install it myself? it just seems like i need to unscrew the fan in the middle to get the psu out.
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The PSU usually will unscrew from the back of the case. If you are talking about the black fan above the PSU on the right then that is a different story. Please take a pic of just the fan you are describing.
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no nevermind i see how it works. I have a friend who knows computers who will help me set it up. Thanks for all the help, rshaffer.
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