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Red dots or blue screen, PC freezes, boots only in Safe Mode

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April 10, 2014 4:21:36 AM

I downloaded steam and then bought goat simulator and played it for a couple hours. I also patched and updated marvel heroes online. Well, after playing goat simulator I tried to play marvel heroes online and the comp froze up.
I couldn't esc out, I couldn't ctrl alt delete out
nothing worked so I turned the comp off. Now when I start it my screen is covered in red dots, then it shows the windows logo, then it tries to start but instead goes into low power standby with either a blue screen with info on it following that about uninstalling whatever software I just installed or nothing. Sometimes when I start it along with the red dots it also says auto detect VGA like it did when my monitor broke. I can run the comp no problem in safe mode.
If I uninstall the driver for my video card the comp starts no problem, but then when it downloads a new video card driver and asks for me to restart the problem starts all over again.
iIm afraid my video card is broken, I don't know what to do, I uninstalled marvel heroes and goat simulator and steam ... no luck
My video card is nVidia GeForce GTX260 1792MB GDDR3.
Any help will be appreciated very much. Thank you.

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April 10, 2014 4:26:45 AM

Looks like a video card problem , try running your monitor display from the VGA of your motherboard.
Send the card for RMA if you can then.
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April 10, 2014 5:30:51 AM

I guess my friends card is already off the RMA program. He bought that Dell a few years ago. He needed a new motherboard and a new power supply already. The whole PC is somewhat weird and Dell wasn't nice about anything which needed a replacement. But that's a different story.
How does he run the monitor display from the VGA on Board? Sorry, I'm asking for him, as he is asleep now, he is in Pennsylvania. And I'm on a MAC and have no clue how to do this on Windows :) 
What other options do we have to solve this?
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April 10, 2014 5:36:32 AM

You need to unplug the wire which runs from your backside of GFX card to the Monitor connection.
Then remove the graphics card , there must be a blue VGA input on his Mobo he just needs to connect that cable now to the Motherboard's VGA in , its blue in color.
If he has a monitor of a recent level like an LED , LCD or that kind , he might not be knowing this , as mostly ppl use DVI to VGA adapters (again a old scheme) to connect graphics card to Monitor.
It looks like this :
https://www.google.co.in/search?q=VGA+cable&espv=2&es_s...
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April 10, 2014 5:56:13 AM

Yes, he just bought a new monitor some month ago too. The whole Dell system he bought breaks down part after part..
Thanks for the answers so far :) 
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April 10, 2014 8:37:46 AM

I'm assuming I need to buy a new video card. Do I need to get the same card (NVidia Geforce GTX260) or should I get a newer card? I originally bought this computer back in 2009. What info would you need to answer this question?

Dell Studio XPS 8000 Motherboard X231R
Processors : Studio XPS 8000, intel core i7-860 processor (8MB Cache, 2.80GHz)
Memory : 8GB Dual channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz - 4 DIMMs
Hard Drives : 1TB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0GB/s, 16MB Cache
power supply is a Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750
monitor is a Dell S2340Mc
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April 10, 2014 9:55:57 PM

Just take a new Gfx card of today's generation , you should be fine.
Just tell us what's your budget for GFX Card.
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April 11, 2014 3:45:00 AM

Thank you so much for all the help, you can close this thread now. He bought a new card and everything is fine now. :) 
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April 11, 2014 3:49:35 AM

HelpSeamus said:
Thank you so much for all the help, you can close this thread now. He bought a new card and everything is fine now. :) 


You can pick up a solution for this and close the thread , helps people who come on this site looking for the same.
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