hi, i have an inspiron 6000 with an x300 video card. recently, the card has started to form inverted/pixilated lines, and now it has come to the point where the card will barely display anything besides but a grey monitor. Now, it isn't the monitor because i have hooked up two external monitors to the vga output. What it looks like is, distortion of the colours. Blue will turn tourquoise... red turns orange.. .etc...
are these symptoms that my video card is going to die?
-The communication between the card and the rest of the system became corrupt somehow. See if you can test this with a different card.
-There's a problem with the connector on your card.
Are the any pins loose/missing on the card's connector?
Is the HSF on the card acting strangely? Being an X300 though I wouldn't be surprised if it's passively cooled. Maybe the thermal paste needs to be replaced. Is it unusually hot?
In all honestly, unless you can do it yourself and for cheap I wouldn't bother trying to fix it. My dad's girlfriend has a HP with the same card (P4 3.0Ghz HT, 512Mb 333Mhz RAM) which runs games slower than mine. Might be all the junk she never uninstalls though.