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Did my graphics card die?

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April 7, 2010 6:30:41 PM

Having a major issue here...

I was playing Mass Effect 2 when the colors changed, the game stuttered, and then my PC crashed. I caught a glimpse of a pop up bubble before it shut off though, that said something about 'display' and 'disabled' (sorry, I didn't catch more than that :(  )

It looks like my graphics card died or something... at first it would only boot up in to safe mode, so I uninstalled the display drivers, and I can get into my PC. If I reinstall the driver though, it freezes, and then reboots when I start up the PC. The BIOS screen is messed up too; words are jumbled, and there are random symbols all over the place. Some black screens before startup are covered in blue or red dots. I really have no idea what is wrong and I could really use some help.

My Specs:
Windows 7 64-bit
Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
Intel Core2 Duo E6850 3.00GHz

If you need any other information, please let me know. I really appreciate any help.

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April 7, 2010 6:33:25 PM

Your display driver "xxxx" has stopped responding and has been disabled? Something computer-ish along those lines.


Your display drivers probably got heavily corrupted somewhere, I don't know how or why. Your GPU seems to be functioning just fine.

Use a program like driver-sweeper to completely erase all drivers, and try re-installing.
April 7, 2010 7:03:58 PM

Well I just tried doing that, and now it blue screens every time I start it up. I can't even get into Safe Mode.
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April 7, 2010 7:22:41 PM

does ur motherboard have integrated graphics?
April 7, 2010 7:27:44 PM

I'm not sure. There's no way for me to plug in my monitor without my graphics card in there if that's what you mean.
April 7, 2010 7:51:39 PM

Managed to get in and reinstall the drivers, but the problems are all still there.

EDIT: Not sure if this helps, but this is the screen I get before the 'Starting Windows' screen: