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Is my graphics card dying? - Black screen, odd white lines.

Q: Is my graphics card dying? - Black screen, odd white lines.

I've been having some weird oddities with my computer as of late. Completely at random, my screen will go black (for around 3 - 5 seconds) before eventually coming back on again and I'm noticing some weird, small, white horizontal lines randomly appearing across my monitor for about half a second, then disappearing. At first, I thought I was seeing things... but a friend of mine can back me up on this.

It seems to start and stop randomly, but I think it's getting worse. Often, the screen will go black, come back on, and then the process repeats several times before it seems to settle down back to normal again. The white lines appear while the computer is doing this, but not when the screen has gone back. They dot all around the screen, it's very hard to describe them... it doesn't look good, anyway.

I am convinced this is not my monitor. I have a funny feeling it's my Nvidia GTS 250 graphics card bugging out. I've checked the fan and the temperatures and all seems fine. I've re-installed the drivers and it still happens. I've dusted and re-inserted the card, no dice. It seems to happen completely at random and it's bugging me.

Has anyone had a similar problem before, or might have a clue what is causing this? I was planning on upgrading my machine in March anyway, but I was hoping my GPU might last a little longer (I've had it for two years or so now.)


Preferred Solution: Is my graphics card dying? - Black screen, odd white lines.

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Is my graphics card dying? - Black screen, odd white lines.

I'd be interested to know what your fps benchmark is. evga oc scanner is good. I have dual 460 gtx and the benchmark is around 95 fps. When I installed these in a new board my screen would go black when I paused for anything i.e. to agree to a download. I get a small vertical line loading a game but it didn't worry me for some reason. My benchs are ok, not impressive. After 2 or 3 restarts it hasn't frozen since. If your temps are good and it benchmarks ok I don't know enough and I'm not confident enough to answer questions. Somebody will help you. They put up with me. This is the best forum I've been on yet.

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Hi, my video card died this morning so I installed one from a different computer. I have a three year old Dell Vostro 410 running XP Pro. I took out an nvidia G310DE from a different Dell computer and put it into my computer. I managed to get a display so I uninstalled the old ATI drivers, restarted and installed the new nvidia drivers. When I restarted, I got a black screen with a white square cursor after the windows splash screen. I can boot into safe mode with no issues though. I've tried the driver from the nvidia website, the dell CD, and let windows look for drivers. Each time, I get the same result.

I've been at this for the past 4 hours now and can't think of what else to do. Thanks for your help!

A:Installed new graphics card and drivers - Black screen with white box cursor on start up

<<I've tried the driver from the nvidia website, the dell CD, and let windows look for drivers>>

Why would you use the drivers from the Dell CD...which I would think are only for the Intel onboard video?

Did you disable the onboard video in the BIOS settings?

Did you completely uninstall all the ATI software...both via Device Manager and via Add/Remove Programs?

I think I'd take a look at Device Manager and see what's reflected there.


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My encrypted Thinkpad T470 (2yrs old) has suddenly begun "crashing" during use. This doesn't seem to be triggered by any particular programs or user behaviour that I can identify, and once it happens it will occur again relatively soon if I restart it without a long rest. What happens is that the screen goes black, and white boxes flicker in and out. Sometimes I see white lines near the top, which I associate with graphics card issues, but I've never seen this white boxes pattern before. The laptp will not project on an external monitor, so it's not just a display issue. It does not fully shut down when this happens, but rather requires a force quit in order to restart. It restarts normally until it crashes again. Any ideas on what is happening here? Am I on the right track to suspect graphics card issues? Thanks.

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I have a laptop with a touchscreen and almost a year after buying it I would get black places with vertical white stripes on the screen. Sometimes they took up the whole screen, sometimes they were only an inch thick. They always seemed to be changing in size quickly and were always the full length of the screen. A computer mechanic said it was a short in the screen. It happened especially when I tilted the screen.

I sent it in under warranty and they replaced the LCD and updated the BIOS. Less than a week later it is starting to do it again just a little but it seems like it will get worse.

I do a lot of MS office for school and my sister plays the Sims 3 and free tv sites (but she doesn't download anything).

Please let me know if you need anymore information and provide specific steps on how to get it because I haven't gotten this lingo down, yet! Thanks!

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4200U CPU @ 1.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 69 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 6024 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family, -1984 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 457166 MB, Free - 258667 MB;
Motherboard: Acer, MA50_HW
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

A:White and black lines on screen

I sent it in under warranty and they replaced the LCD and updated the BIOS. Less than a week later it is starting to do it againClick to expand...

Send it in again; clearly they did not fix the problem if it is starting to occur again.

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I had just clicked into some video on youtube when the screen suddenly became filled with lines like this:
(This bar is now at the top of my desktop)

(This is my start menu)

I clicked around a few times and it eventually went away. However, my start menu and desktop still has these lines.

Does anyone know what they are and how I can get rid of them?

A:Solved: Black/green/white lines on screen

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I purchased a EVGA GeForce 6200 256mb PCI card (not PCI-E) from newegg for my Dell Dimension 1100 in January and from the start i've experienced these "interference lines" running across the screen when using 3D applications/games such as games, google earth, itunes cover flow etc. At 1st they start off small, then increase in size and frequency when the 3d activity increases as well as a high pitch noise that comes out from the speakers and my headphones if connected. I thought maybe a faulty/underpowered PSU was the cause so i upgraded the standard dell psu i had (250w) with an Antec Earthwatts 80 PLUS certified 500W one and the problem still persists. This problem isn't just isolated in Windows Xp, but also other OSes i've used on my PC like Ubuntu so i don't think its a drive issue (i've also tried to downgrade to older drivers). Anyone have any advice?

Windows XP Sp3 Home
2.52GHZ Intel Celeron D
2GB DDR400 Ram
160GB 7200 HDD

A:Wavy White Lines/High Pitch Noise with new nvidia graphics card

If the card is passively cooled (heatsink) and you know the noise is definitely coming from the card, the card may have a defective capacitor or capacitors.

Remove the card and carefully examine the capacitors. All should be perfectly flat on top. If you find any with swollen or bulging tops, or that are leaking a "brownish" looking fluid, the capacitors are most likely the problem.

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When I boot Vista, 4 on 5 times, I have a black screen with a corrupted white line at the top after the loading dots and before the animated logo like this screen and the computer hangs on this screen and sometimes Vista load NORMALLY and the computer behaves normally without any more hangs. until I shut it off.

The corrupted line at the top could change of appearance and length from one reboot to another...

Here is my config:

Dual Core E8500 @ original specs (3Ghz)
Nvidia 9800GT 512mb NOT overclocked
4 GB RAM at 800Mhz
Bios in safe or optimized setup
Vista 32 bits SP1

A:Black screen (with top white lines) locks before animated logo

I just discovered that now, it's becoming an inconsistent boot, after few tries with different boot setting (in F8), it may or may not enter Vista normally, and never with the same option... but I can ALWAYS enter the safe mode boot and the one with networking

If it's hardware related, it seems suspicious because once I'm IN vista with a successfull attempt, there is NO MORE trouble: I can stay on Vista for long period, work with very demanding softwares (like photoshop) or 3D games without any more hangs...

I already tried without success:
- a full defragmentation
- Hijack software
- two anti-malware programs
- the recovery repair disk
- CCleaner
- disable the UAC

I'm really desesperate...

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Hi there, I've recently been experiencing a problem with my HP Pavilion laptop (running Vista Home 32bit), every so often the screen will just turn black with some white diagonal lines running across it. It will then not respond to any commands and will force me to reboot and lose anything I was working on, please can anyone help me as I've lost work twice now due to this problem.

Many thanks,


A:Strange black and white lines on screen force reboot

Defective screen. We see lots of them. Failed. Same symptom.

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Hi,I'm looking for help diagnosing the problem with my lenovo y50. I have had it for nearly 3 years now and it has been pretty great for the most part.However, recently the screen started acting  up and going white or black and displaying multicolored lines on screen (I will attach pictures). I looked online for solution including this forum and updated the bios and tried disconnecting the screen connector and making sure it was connected well behind the screen. Ultimately none of this worked and so I am considering replacingthe screen and the edp flat cable. I just wanted to see ifI'm correct in assuming these may be the problem as I even connected the laptop to an external monitor and it worked fine therewith no lines. I will say moving the screen around does help make it visible again. Anyway thanks.

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Hi, my monitor has been acting really weird over the past few weeks. After a few minutes of use, lines appear on the screen and the image starts to jump and distort. Other times, I turn it on and a portion of the screen freezes and fades to black, to white and back to a dark gray. During the fading, there is a background to it which almost looks like a paper behind the screen. During the whole thing, all software works fine, dragging windows between monitors, etc.
I took a video of it and posted it to youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i6P3Y0A9tM

I have a Dell XPS 630i with dual nvidia 9800gt's. My monitor with the problem is a ViewSonic Optiquest Q2201wb, and my second monitor which works perfectly is a ViewSonic VA720. Both of these are going into a IoGear GCS22U KVM Switch between 2 of my computers.

The problem occurs on Windows Vista SP2, Windows XP SP3, and Ubuntu 10.04, all updates completely. I'm using the latest drivers for all my hardware.

The problem is temporarily solved for a few minutes by unplugging the monitor and plugging it back in. Simply turning it off and on has no effect.
Does anybody have any ideas? Or any other info I should provide?
Thanks in advance,

A:Lines appear on monitor, parts of screen fade to white then black

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So when I was in school last night we had a power outage and when I got home from school and restarted my PC windows would not load. I can get into the bios and boot options screen but nothing to do with windows itself. When I try to load windows the screen just goes black with a bunch of flashing horizontal white lines randomly around the screen. If I try a recovery disk it will first go black with a cursor in the corner for a couple minutes that reverts back to the horizontal white lines....When I run diagnostics the harddrive fails and gets a error code 7. I would like to fix the pc itself but will settle for a way to get files from the hard drive. I'm a gamemaker and was 2 weeks away from releasing my first game, 2 years of work and over 10,000 custom images drawn by me. Any information will be great because I have noidea what happened.

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So recently my computer has been crashing to a white or black screen with horizontal colored lines running accross it. I'm told it may be because i changed my page file size but i set it to a safe limit that should not be affecting it. I'v also been told it could be graphics card related, so i updated my drivers.

Emachines EL1200-o5
Nvidia Gforce 6150SE
AMD Athlon 2650
2.7 gigs of ram

Also i changed my page file to 2.7 which i'm told is a safe amount for my computer.


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Hello, I received my laptop today from ebay and I expected it to work 100% and the screen is not showing how it is supposed to be. Is there an attempt on fixing this to make it work back to normal? It only shows red on the blacks and light blue one white.

Here is an example:

A:Solved: HP PAVILION DV7-2185DX Red lines on black screen and light blue on white

I would return it ASAP, looks defective to me.

Good luck on your decision

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Ok so here's the problem. My friend recently bought a PowerColor HD7850 2GB GDDR5 graphics card and after installing the card and the drivers, and restarting windows; the loading screen gets all kinds of lines across the screen up until the point where you enter in your log in information and then a blue screen. The AMD install manager is responsible for downloading and installing the latest driver for his device, so he didn't download a bad driver since it comes directly from AMD. Whenever he reattempts to install everything, he has to reinstall windows due to being stuck in the blue screen loop when he attempts to log in to windows regularly. Obviously without the drivers, windows can't detect his card. But any attempt to install the drivers causes the "tears" in the screen.

Here are the specs of his desktop
CPU: Intel Core i5 3570k CPU @ 3.40GHZ
Motherboard and slots: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H -- 1x PCI-E 3.0 x16, 4x USB 3.0
8 gigs of Ram
Plus the aforementioned gpu.

Can anyone point us in the right direction as to what the problem may be?

He pretty much can't use his desktop because his card isn't working.

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

A:Graphics card causes lines and blue screen.

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I think I'm having the same problems as the user MSP from a year back. I replied to the thread then noticed the time lapse. I would really appreciate anyone who can help me fix this problem I've been having for a week or two.

Here is a screengrab of my <sarcasm> lovely Graphics Card </sarcasm> display:

It was hot day and the computer made this immense whizzing sound for a millisecond, then everything went black. The power was on (the 'on' button still glowed a mockingly-bright blue) but there was no picture. Upon a reboot and a windows boot-up check, I saw that even the start up screens (you know, the black and white screens with all the stuff you don't read on) were garbled with uniformed blocks of green and magenta. My desktop looks like above, but when videos are playing or photoshop is on the lines jump about and go green and magenta. Also, video displays boast the same blocky uniformed pattern.

It's incredibly off-putting. My computer is my lifeline, and I NEED the graphics card more than anything, as I'm an editor. It's not a great situation.

I came to the presumption that it was the graphics card and not the monitor as I can get screengrabs of the problem.

The card is the ATi Radeon All-in-Wonder.* I don't know whether it's the 7500 or the 9500. Either way it's still broken.

Thanks to anyone who can help.

*'Wonder'. Ha.

A:Graphics card problem? Screen has coloured lines, see pic.

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

I have deleted your post in the old thread, since you have a new thread for your problem, it is no longer necessary.

I have also changed your thread title to something a litlle more descriptive. This will help you to get more replies.

My guess would be your graphics card is faulty and probably needs to be replaced. Just to rule out any possibility of a monitor problem, try a different monitor and see what the results are.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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I recently bought a Sigma Real-Magic X-Card.
I connected a S-Video kabel to the S-video output. At the TV I used a S-Video to SCART connector. The picture is Black and White. Why?

A:Black and White screen on X-card

sounds to me like viewing a SECAM output on a PAL TV or vice-versa....

SECAM, the french system, has the same line number as PAL, the UK system, but a different color.

Hence, they display as B&W on each others displays

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Hello, last night I was having a normal night enjoying some video gaming when my computer suddenly locked up with red lines going horizontally across the screen and emitting a screeching noise randomly for a few seconds at a time. I hard resetted and when my computer rebooted everything was normal. Except when I tried to play the same game (or any other games) the same thing happened again. Eventually after the third reset my entire screen was covered in red lines while still able to function properly with things such as internet. I talked to a friend of mine who is very computer savvy and going to College for computer graphics and he said maybe my graphics card wasn't seated right. I took it out, put it back in, issue unresolved. I tried placing it into another motherboard slot, still unresolved, and this time the screen was in 800x600 Resolution and would not let me change it to fit my screen (it is in this resolution as I type this). I reinstalled my drivers from the website of my graphics card provider and restarted, still nothing. This time I ran dxdiag and it did not read a video card at all! My monitor is plugged into my graphics card, so how could my Graphics Card possibly be dead? I've reinstalled the drivers multiple times now with no help, one time I restarted my computer, it failed to boot up and made me to a System Restore. I have two large 3 speed case fans, a large CPU fan, and a fan integrated into my Video Card, all four act properly when running. W... Read more

A:Computer won't read Graphics Card/Red lines/blocks across screen. PLEASE HELP

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Hi there,

I'm new to this site. I was hoping I could get someone's opinion.

I plugged a dvi cable into on board graphics and the screen had lines going horizontally. I have a picture but don't know how to add one onto here?

Anyway, I restarted several times and the drivers are up to date.

I put back into graphics card and it was fine... Up until a few days ago it started doing it on there too.

The monitor is an Asus 24" and set to 1920 - 1080.

I have a zoostorm desktop pc with the followong specifications.

Intel i5 3330 3ghz
Windows 8.1
16 gb ram
Mobo is gigabyte h61
Nvidia Gt 640 (upgrading soon)
Psu cool master 500w.

I have not had the chance to see if it happens on the TV too as it is intermittent and hard to fully troubleshoot.

Also, I am under warranty until July and have the PC being picked up soon for Mobo replacement. But does it really sound like a Mobo problem to you guys or should I be looking else where too.

The monitor is brand new, and has been fine until I tested the on board graphics.

Thank you in advance =]

A:Horizontal lines on screen via on board or dedicated graphics card.

My first thought would be the Power Supply. Can you post the exact Motherboard Model Number? If nothing else the Model Number is Silk Screened on the motherboard.

Also some other checks you could do is using a different Video Cable or a different monitor to see if the problem is one of those items.

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Hey guys, my laptop's been acting up and I was hoping to get some advice on what to do. I'll start by saying that I don't know much about computers, which will likely become clearer and clearer with the more you read of what follows, so please bear with me.

Two days ago, I started getting green and pink specks/snow/lines showing up on my laptop's screen, and I have now graduated to blue and yellow specks/lines as well. My initial thought was that I could have a virus, so I ran a virus scan to no avail. I started poking around the internet looking for people w/ similar problems and saw some similar things, but nothing that quite matched my problem. I did however make a few observations that may or may not be helpful that I have listed below.

-emailed a screenshot of the desktop to a friend, who reported seeing the same green and pink specks on the image on his computer that I was seeing (can post if it would be helpful)
-no problems seem to be present when I boot into BIOS memory
-seems like there might be some relationship to the heat of the computer, as the specks/lines seemed to take longer to reappear after allowing the computer to cool off and then turning it on, whereas normally the problem would be evident immediately when I turn the computer back on after shutting down
-there is a definite relationship with the orientation of the computer (tilted) and location and degree of pressure on the case, if I push down hard enough in the right ... Read more

A:Graphics card problem - pink, green, blue, yellow specks/lines on screen

Longer posts mean more information and that's ALWAYS a God-send to anyone trying to troubleshoot a problem. So no apologies are necessary.

As for your problem, I'm going to agree with your roomie. There is very little you can do to fix this. Right now, the state of your computer follows one of the following options:

1) The graphics card is dying from years of use, and may be sensitive to heat now that it has been in use for a while. Computer components follow the same rule as any other piece of equipment or appliance. They're made with planned obsolescence. Eventually, things die for no better reason than that's what the company wanted. Your graphics card is overheating and it's causing what are known as "artifacts". Whenever you see specks or lines appearing at random, that's your graphics card screwing up and outputting random things onto the screen.

2) The graphics card has come loose and needs to be reseated. I'm not entirely sure about this one, but it might be the case given that pressing down on the computer solved your issue. BUT! (and this is a big but) I have no idea if you would be able to access and reseat it. Nor do I know how one would go about doing that with a laptop graphics card. I've never seen what they look like, how they're installed, replaced, or whatever else. You also risk breaking MORE things by opening it and trying to screw around in it. If you felt like spending a bit of money, you could ta... Read more

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I hope you can help me solve this problem:
About a month ago I've upgraded my rig, and since then I'm encountering black or grey and white screeb crash when I'm watching videos on youtube or embedded youtube videos (something like this or this ).
But I can play DX9 or DX10 games like Half Life 2, Mass Effect 1 and 2 for 4-5 hours without any problems. The crash only occurs with youtube videos.
My specs are:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 build 7600
Asus M4A88T-V EVO with integrated Ati HD4250 enabled - I don't have a standalone GPU yet.
AMD PhenomII X4 955BE, revC02
2x2GB Kyngston Hyper-X Blu DDR3 1600Mhz running at 1333Mhz with 1.5V
Sirtec HPC-500-H12S 500W PSU
WD 3200AAKS -320gb HDD
Hitachi 200GB HDD
WD 5000AAVS external drive
all in a low-end Raidmax Sagitta case with default fans.
In the attachment there are 2 archives with Minidumps because the "BSOD Dump & System File Collection app" archived only the last three minidump files, not all 7 of them.
If you need any other details feel free to ask. Thanks in advance.

A:Black or grey&white lines crash

This is a sign of overheating or a defective GPU
Update your video drivers ATI Radeon

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Hi, I'm having trouble with seeing when loading windows. When I first turn my computer on, everything is good. I see my BIOS screen nice and clear. It loads the black screen that has the Windows logo with the loading bar under it, then when it gets to the loading screen, I just get a bunch of black and white lines and cannot see anything. The last thing I remember doing on the computer before this problem was updating drivers. So naturally, I went into safe mode and rolled back the graphics driver. That didn't work, so I reinstalled the graphics driver that came with my graphics card. still no success. I'm beginning to think that it's a problem with windows, not the drivers or card, since the BIOS screen is fine and I don't run into trouble until Windows loads the welcome screen. Does anyone know how to solve this?

A:Black and white lines when loading windows

So no one has any idea what's going on?

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I own a Dell Inspiron 15 5559. This problem has been going on for about 12 days or so now. Every once in a while my laptop will flicker these colors of purple, black, and white. It seems to have gotten a bit worse lately. Here is an example of my problem in this video. I have updated my drivers, and run a diagnostics program from the DELL site. All leaving me with nothing. Saying no problems were detected. 
I  do wonder if it's possible it could be an issue with my charger? I have been using a charger I had to order from amazon that didn't come with my laptop. I decided to order an extra one of the exact same to keep upstairs so I don't have to keep taking this charger everywhere with me. I'm not sure if that would be a cause or not.

A:Lap top flickering black, purple and white vertical lines.

Run the LCD built in self test (hold D through powerup).  If you don't see the artifacts, it means the screen is OK.
In that case, check and/or replace the wiring harness that runs between the mainboard and display panel.  If that doesn't solve the problem, replace the mainboard.
If you DO see the fault on the LCD test, replace the screen.
While a third-party charger has its drawbacks (won't charge the battery), it won't cause the video artifacts.

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My HP Probook was fine until my bf grabbed it by the screen one day and the black color turned to red pixels while the white color turned to cyan horizontal, gritty lines on the screen. I took it to a computer repair shop, but I do not trust their ability to diagnose my laptop. Their suggestion was that I replace the screen. My laptop is not overheating and has no other issues other than this display issue. I would greatly appreciate it if someone can give me a repair procedure or even tell me what is really wrong. There are no cracks or dents in the screen as far as I can see. 

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Hello, recently my computer has been crashing to a white or black screen with horizontal colored lines (colors are of whatever color screen i was on.) At this point i have to think this is a hardware issue and am suspecting my graphics card but want to make sure before i run out and buy another one.

Emachines EL1200-05w
AMD Athlon 2650
Nvidia Gforce 6150SE
2.7GB DDR2 Ram

A:Comp crashes to white/black with horizontal colored lines

Sounds like the card. Overheating may be a problem. Make sure fans are turning (if any), dust is removed and vents are clear. If an add-on card, remove it from its slot and reseat it, especially if the machine has been moved.

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Hi everyone, this is my first post and i hope its in the right place!

Last night i turned on my computer for the first time that day, and all seemed fine; windows logo came up with the little loading bar, but instead if loading the desktop, up came a black screen. Funny thing was that windows was working in the background! I read through people having the same problem in these forums, and it turns out its not an overly uncommon problem; graphics card issue. I booted in safe mode, and uninstalled the graphics card and drivers, and when i rebooted it was fine, albiet in low resolution. i downloaded and reinstalled the drivers from my providers site, and when i rebooted i had the same problem. So now i am sitting typing this (the text looks huge on this resolution) and have a simple question. Is the issue here that the graphics card is broken? I hope this isnt the case as it is an onboard card and will cost about $900 for a replacement. My specs are below (i'm a bit of a gumby when it comes to computers so go easy on me

HP Pavillion zd8000 (lappy)
P4 3.2
Onboard Mobility Radeon X600 128MB
XP Pro

A:Graphics Card - Black Screen

Do you have the same black screen using an external monitor? If you do, you won't be spending $900 on an on-board video card, you will spend $900 on a new motherboard...

Have you tried to install the graphics driver once more?

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I bought a Sapphire HD 7950 graphics card about 2 months ago. Everything worked fine until one day ago when I booted up my computer... everything booted up (Fans Lights & No system beeping) But I was only getting a black screen, with occasional small white flashes. I tried booting with multiple displays and multiple ports (nothing worked). I also tried changing my bios settings also with no luck. (the on-board graphics work fine when the graphics card is removed from the PC) My power supply is a 600W which is more than enough. Again Everything worked fine until that day. I doubt anything is damaged (I handle everything in my PC with extreme care). And yes all of the AMD drivers are installed. I will try to reply to any questions asap, I'm sorry if I don't reply quickly I have a very busy schedule . Any help on this issue would be VERY much appreciated! (Some PC Specs listed below)
Lenovo idea centre K450
600Watt new power supply
Intel® 4th Generation Core? i5
12gb system RAM
Not shure about the motherboard type

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I recently purchased a new graphics card(MSI Radeon HD6450) to hold out before I get my new laptop but whenever I start my computer with it in I get a black display.

Hp Pavilion p7-1287c

Intel core i5 2400, 3.1 GHz
Cores: 4

Pegatron 2ac2


8 GB DDR3-1333

Form Factor:

1 pci-e x16

A:Graphics Card Black Screen

Have you actually plugged your monitor into the card??

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I recently built my new computer and have been having problems with the graphics card. My computer runs fine on my i5 graphics but I want better graphics so I purchased a Saphire Radeon 7850. When I plugged it into my motherboard and plugged in the power I then turned on the computer. Everything was working fine. The fans on the graphics card began to spin. and I could here windows being booted. The problem was the screen was black. Nothing was showing up and my monitor went on sleep mode. I turned off my computer and un-plugged in the power sorce of the graphics card and tried to turn on the computer and it worked fine. The monitor worked and everything was good. If anyone could help it would be greatly appriciated!

A:Black screen when graphics card plugged in

Did you plug the monitor cable into the back of the actual graphics card, or is it still in the motherboard port?

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I just swapped my graphics card this morning to a new asus nvidia GeForce gt630 when I installed the drivers off the cd after restarting the pc I realised the drivers did not support windows 8. It loaded up to a black screen an stopped, I have since been forced to try to restore and it is now stuck on black screen with blue windows logo with no indication it is doing anything I have restarted the pc and put the old graphics card back in, but it is still stuck on a restore, I bought downloaded windows 8 pro online so do not have it on a reboot cd.
Please help

A:Graphics card install black screen

I have now got it into safe mode ..

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Hey I'm not sure where to start but a while ago I bought a desktop and a monitor and they are

Desk Top:
Newegg.com - Acer Aspire AX1420-UR10P (PT.SG9P2.003) Desktop PC Athlon II X4 645(3.1GHz) 4GB DDR3 500GB HDD Capacity NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit


But the graphics card that came with the computer sucked, it simply doesn't support 3D games.

So I went ahead and bought this graphics card:

Graphics Card:
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GV-N520SL-1GI GeForce GT 520 (Fermi) 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

Here note that the maximum power my computer has is 220W but the graphics card needs at least 300W for it to run

So I bought this power supply unit:

Power Supply:
Newegg.com - Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply

Here's the story:

After I bought my computer and the monitor I bought the graphics card. It took me a while to figure out how to install it, but I worked my way out and installed it. So I followed the general guide to installing graphics card, remove driver first, install card, (the computer didn't have a card so the pci slots were empty) then I started my computer and tried to install the new driver with the disc that came with the graphics card. The first time it went so well that I thought it's gonna work, but after a while the screen suddenly goes back and on the top right corner it says "VGA then DVI... Read more

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Hi guys, I've done a fair bit of looking into this but I can't get a definitive answer. I recently bought a Gigabyte GeForce 750 TI OC Edition to go with my computer, knowing it would fit in the case. But ever since I've tried to install it, it has been a nightmare. It fires up, fans whirring and all but all I get is the HP BIOS screen, no imput commands and 3 quick beeps then it goes to an entirely black screen with a blinking underscore in the top left hand corner. From what I've read around I have to enable Legacy mode in BIOS, but since my computer is running the HP 7.07 BIOS I can't find that it even remotely supports Legacy mode. Then I've read that some HP MoBo's cannot effectively run a different graphics card due to age/restrictions. It doesn't sound like a power issue as I've already upgraded the PSU with no issues. I'd just love an answer to what exactly is the issue because it's driving me nuts and I'm pretty much ready to sell the card at this point. IF I have infact bought a non-applicablegraphics card, could you recommend one that would ACTUALLY work? Thanks again.

A:New graphics card shows black screen

The HP 3300 SFF shipped with Win 7, and a BIOS that is not upgradeable to UEFI standards.Look here at the new MSI cards that offer Legacy and UEFI.

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I deleted all of my old ATI graphics card drivers, and even used a 3rd party tool to whipe out the traces in safe mode after. I then installed my new nvidea GeForce 9800 GTX+ graphics card. I installed the drivers as well as active X.

During my first gaming session with the new card, it randomly cut to a black screen and the fan started to spin at a pretty high rate. (Fan on graphics card)

Anyone have any clue what I can do here?

(First time posting by the way, so be gentle)

A:Black Screen after installing new Graphics card

System Specs (MB, CPU, Memory, PSU, OS)?
Are you running two monitors?
Have you considered the possibility of adjusting the screen refresh rate?
Do you have anything overclocked?
Are you generating any minidumps?

More information would be helpful.
And I am sure someone here can help you track down the issue...

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i have just put in a graphics card (asus EN9800gt 512mb hybrid power) and wen i turn it on all i get is a black screen! what could the problem be?
I have a 500w pc and its a very brand new pc with 64bit windows 7 and intergrated grraphics.

also note that the first time i put it in i forgot to put in the 6pin adaptor and when i turned it on it made a big beeping noise. could this have stuffed up the card? becoz wen i remove it, the pc works fine

help please???

A:put in graphics card bt only black screen wen turn on!!

i think ive had this problem before. the beeping sound you heard was I believe the POST telling you that something is wrong with the graphics card. This is expected since you forgot to plug in the power. For me, it turned out that my power supply was a bust. Everything else turned on fine but there was never anything on the screen. Replaced the psu and everything booted up. See if you can find a replacement? Your wattage seems to be fine.

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My dad has a nividia geforce graphics card in his computer and a 22 inch benq lcd monitor. Everynow and then when he starts the computer(its becoming more frequent every day),the computer screen is black and when you turn it on it says no signal.even some times when its left idle it does it.I'm guessing its a problem with the graphics card.Ive done all the obvious steps like clean the graphics card, make sure the screens plugged in and update the drivers.

Does anyone know what could cause this??

I will put the specs of dads computer up tomorrow


A:Black Screen.Graphics Card Failure?

Make sure you update the graphic card drivers from the venders site, if you dont know then i can show you where.

Next click the link on my sig and do everything there then reboot. If the problem still exists then go into the bios and set the display to onboard graphics, boot then shutdown the pc and remove the graphics card. Then boot up and see if the problem still happens. If you need help with the BIOS settings then just ask.

NOTE: if you dont have onboard graphics you'll need another graphics card which you can put in instead of the one your using

If after doing all the above its still not working correctly then download http://www.cpuid.com/hwmonitor.php and run it then take a screenshot so we can see all the values and post it here

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I just installed my new 7950, and upon installing the drivers then rebooting back to windows I found that although my screen resolution is listed at 1080p, either my screen or my graphics card isnt doing this properly because I have a black outline, about 2cm thick, all around my screen where the screen isnt displaying anything. Any suggestions? On the nvidia control panel I could stretch/move the screen size to my likings, is this possible with catalyst?


A:New Graphics card causes black outline around screen

Ok First off I think you are Using a ATI Radeon card

Also if you installed Nvidia drivers on a ATI device GOD help you it even came on

Can you please do us all a favor and post screen shots of the card box and write down what drivers you installed

This would really help because the way i am reading this you are using a ATI card but you installed Nvidia drivers

7000 series card from Nvidia is Dinasour now

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Graphics Card = Nvidia 6600
Computer = Shuttle XPC Barebone (SS56G v2)
Motherboard = Shuttle FS56 V2
OS = Windows XP SP2

Well I took apart my computer and put it back together about 3 times and after the third i turned it on and the screen was black straight away as soon as i pressed the ignition button. (the other times I turned it on it was fine).

I have determined that it is the graphics card because I plugged the monitor into the motherboard VGA port and it worked like normal. I have tried taking out the card and cleaning the port.

I went into Device Manager and under other devices it says: "VIDEO CONTROLLER (VGA COMPATIBLE)" but it has a exclaimation mark by it. And when i go into the properties of it it says: "THE DRIVERS FOR THIS DEVICE ARE NOT INSTALLED (CODE 28)". But i cannot install the drivers with the cd I have and i cannot use hardware update wizard.

My CD ussually identifies the card and the installs the drivers, but this has not happened and at the top where it says what the card is it says "NO SUITABLE DRIVERS".

I have had the same problem before but i didnt know what the problem was and I gave it to a shop to sort out so i dont know what exactly is wrong.

Can someone please tell me what to do?

Much Appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


A:graphics card problem, Black screen

There should have been a cd with the graphics card, try that!!!

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i have just put in a graphics card (asus EN9800gt 512mb hybrid power) and wen i turn it on all i get is a black screen! what could the problem be?
I have a 500w pc and its a very brand new pc with 64bit windows 7 and intergrated grraphics.

also note that the first time i put it in i forgot to put in the 6pin adaptor and when i turned it on it made a big beeping noise. could this have stuffed up the card? becoz wen i remove it, the pc works fine

help please???

A:Put in graphics card but only black screen when turned on

Do you get any beeps after turning on your PC?

Also, what PSU do you have?

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Hello :) Today I bought a brand new Acer V3-772G laptop that runs Window 8 with a nvida gtx 760m graphics card built in.

Getting home I decided to use Just Cause 2's bench test to find out how the laptop would hold up. After completion and getting a rather low score I noticed it said the graphics card it was running was the integrated Intel(r) HD graphics 4600 card and not the nvidia.

So after some researching and trying out different ways with no results I right clicked on computer, clicked on manage, went to device manager then to display adapter, saw the intel card and the nvidia card so I disabled the intel card in hopes it would force the nvidia card to be used.

Once I did that all windows disappeared, the desktop was still there and I could still access the tile menu/start screen so I restarted hoping it would set everything back to normal and start using the nvidia card. Oh how wrong I was. Upon restart the acer title/logo pops up then disappears as usual but after that I only get black screen, nothing else.

Is there any way to fix this? To re enable the graphics card some how?
Thank you in advance!

A:Black screen after disabling graphics card Help!

If you could get to Safe Mode, you could re-enable the onboard graphics.

In some cases, if Windows 8 doesn't successfully start a few times in a row, it will display a screen with alternate boot options - among them an "Advanced Options" tab - which will include an option to start in Safe Mode. Try letting your laptop restart a few times. If it recognises a problem with the onboard graphics, it might produce the Advanced Startup Options menu.

If you don't see that menu appear, you can use a Windows 8 repair disc (USB, CD, or DVD) to boot your computer. It will produce a menu from which you can choose Advanced Startup Options & choose Safe Mode. The Wndows 8 repair disc is not your Windows 8 installation disk, nor is it a recovery disk (such as those provided by your manufacturer). The repair disc starts your computer into the Windows 8 Recovery Environment.

It only takes a minute or two to make the repair disc (literally). From a working Windows 8 PC, press the Windows & R keys at the same time. Then type recdisc. Choose create repair disc, & provide a blank CD, or blank DVD, or USB flash memory drive.

Apparently, your laptop uses a hybrid type program called "Optimus" that uses both the onboard graphics as well as the discrete nVidia mini-card. The idea is that the onboard graphics handle mundane graphics tasks (to save battery life), and the nVidia kicks in when needed for g... Read more

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I have a
Hp desktop
1gb memory
ATI radeon x200 intergrated graohics card
200gb hd
Pentium 4 3.06ghz

This is the problem

I got a used grapgics card- an ati x800xl 256mb. The I uninstalled my intergrated one through device manager. Turned off computer. Installed the new card to my PCI-E slot. Then connected the monitor cable to the new video card slot. Turn on computer and............nothing! Black sceen saying "No signal.

I researched this problem. Went to BIOS then switched cards or slots had a option like "PCI, PCI-E, AGP. Figuring that I installed it onto my PCI-E slot i switched it to that option. But still no start up.

I seems that the intergrated card never goes off. I uninstall it but its still there. Cause when I restart my computer its still enabled.
POWER SUPPLY is 300w of computer. Graphics card is recommended at 300w also


How can I fix this problem so I can get the new card to work?

am I supposed to disable or uninstall the intergrated one? (I uninsatalled it first)

If I disable it and it still dosent work, the new card, can I reinable it cause I don't want to mess up the computer?

Thank you very much


A:Black screen when I install graphics card

No video at all even when you first turn on the computer? You have to disable the integrated video through the bios, not the Device Manager

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I have a ATI/AMD Graphics Card on my Dell Studio 1558, and the chip has become faulty (design fault from manufacturer). Now the screen display is black and does not come on.

Temporary workaround I am using
I plugged in my separate VGA monitor to the laptop and using it, I switched on my laptop, and after the Windows startup logo, the computer would crash and restart (and repeat).

So I managed to get into Safe Mode, and from there, under Device Manager, I roll-backed my ATI/AMD driver to Microsoft Basic Display Adapter. Then I restarted the Laptop normally (not Safe Mode), and the laptop DID NOT crash, it made it to the logon screen and I got in.


So now, I have my VGA Monitor plugged in to the laptop and using it, I am able to boot up windows normally.

While the laptop is on, if I unplug the monitor, the Laptop Screen stays black, nothing happens. When I plug it back in, I get this error that says Microsoft Basic Display Adapter is not compatible with your display (I'm assuming it means my laptop screen since it's a Full HD resolution, whereas my VGA monitor is half that resolution.

What I need help with

Is there any other driver I can install apart from ATI/AMD which will allow my Laptop Screen to work? I want to bypass the ATI/AMD Graphics card completely as it's faulty and maybe somehow use Windows one just like the Microsoft Basic Display Adapter is currently doing?

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A:ATI/AMD Graphics Card error, black screen

I don't think a different driver would help with the laptop's screen. It sounds like a hardware problem, especially if, as you say, the chip has gone bad. It looks like the problem exists somewhere between the video card and the laptop screen, but it still allows you to use an external monitor.

You could boot without the external monitor and shine a light on the laptop's screen to see if there is anything there. If there is, that rules out the graphics card. It would be the actual screen backlight that is at fault.

Is there any chance that this laptop is still under warranty?

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Hi there,
I'm a bit of an amateur at this but I'm having a bit of a problem with my project computer it's an older Mac Pro 5,1 that I have upgraded the Ram, CPUs and also installed Windows 10 on to. Yesterday I was installing the drivers for my new graphics card when the computer crashed and the screen went black. So after a few minutes I decided to turn it off and on again however it powers on but is no longer displaying an image. I've tried swapping my old graphics card back in but it still has the same problem. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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Im sorry to trouble you guys, but I have tried everything I can think of and have seen via google.

I tried starting my pc about 3 days ago and I got the windows loading screen up and then it all of sudden went black. To cut a long story short, my pc will not start with any nvidia drivers installed. I have tried a fresh reboot of the OS and all is good until I update the graphics driver.

I have tried re-seating the graphics card, and unplugging everything but it still isnt working.

Please could you advise on what to try next, or is my graphics card a gonner.

Thanks in advance

A:Graphics card and black screen on startup

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As seen in the attached files, there are strange, white lines that are connected to each other and small dots on the display. I took a photo instead of screenshot because the white lines and dots does not seem to be visible. It can be seen everywhere I go (Google, lock screen, games, desktop, when starting the laptop and shows the laptop's logo etc). Is there a way to fix this?

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I have a HP laptop, workng fin this morning. turned on tonight and the screen had thick black line running down the screen and fading off from it is a white and different colors lines runing down screen. what could be the problem/

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When I turn on my asus laptop the screen is black then white lines start appearing. I hear the windows start up but can't see anything. I have taken the battery out and tried again only to have the same result. Please help

A:White lines on lap top screen

If possible connect a Monitor to the laptop and see if that shows a display. You may have to use a key combination to switch the display to the monitor, usually the Fn/Function key and one of the F keys on the top row (look for an icon like a laptop and a monitor screen on one of those F keys, or just try them all).

What model Asus laptop is it ? (should be on a label underneath, please post the full model ID).

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Since yesterday I have been seeing white lines across the screen of my laptop. I have a Sony Vaio CR120E early 2008 model. The white lines/band running horizontally across the screen is not permanent, and goes off if point pressure is applied from the top coverside of the screen, or on the face of the screen.

I did , open my laptop monitor and checked the data connection to the screen and the power supply, and they both look ok, although still on applying pressure the white lines go on and off.

Now I am not sure, it is an issue with the ribbon of my monitor or whole LCD monitor. Do note, that the lcd monitor do works fine sometimes. Please advise.


A:White lines across the screen

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