View Full Version : Graphics Card problem?

19-01-2008, 12:08 PM
So I was playing Portal, I quit the game, and I come back to the desktop to find that it is all scrambled up (Graphics error?) I shutdown my computer, and turn it on again. It all starts up fine, but after the Windows XP thing, the screen goes blank and there are 8-10 white pixels blinking in random places around my screen.

Can anyone tell me what is wrong?


Motherboard: GA-M52S-S3P
Graphics card: Powercolor Radeon 9250 PCI 128M
AMD Athlon64 X2 4200+

19-01-2008, 12:59 PM
Video card dying? (more likely, fan stopped/fallen off?)
See if you can borrow others to substitute and isolate the problem

19-01-2008, 01:00 PM
Can't edit my post for some reason, but I fixed the problem I think. I moved the card into another PCI slot, and it worked. Can you burn out PCI slots?

It has no fan, only a heatsink on the chip.

19-01-2008, 01:15 PM
Must have been loose in the slot or perhaps corroded contacts, cant see it having 'burnt' anything, seeing as the cards working.
Why didnt you buy a PCIEx16 card, would be faster/more efficient than a PCI card, you have the right slot on that motherboard.

19-01-2008, 01:25 PM
The thing is, I bought this card a few months ago for another PC the PSU was not powerful enough,so I used it in this build (my first).

I will eventually buy a PCI Express card. I'm just not made of money.

19-01-2008, 01:44 PM
Fair enuff, just wondered ;)