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I need help. Is my video card dead?

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January 23, 2011 1:27:18 AM

I'm not sure if my 1-year-old GTS 250 is dead; hopefully someone can tell me if it really is or not.

Sequence of events (recent):
-Took it out of slot to organize wires and put it back.
-Tried to play games (GTAIV, Bad Company 2, Resident Evil 5) and all of them ended in a 'stopped working' event.
-Got a blue screen saying check for graphics drivers.
-Updated the drivers from 260 to 266.
-Turned off my comp.
-Turned it on, but my monitor says 'No signal.' However, everything else is good and I can even hear the Win7 welcome sound. Even the fan on the card is on.
-Turned it off.
-Refitted the card into place. Made sure the power was connected to it.
-Same thing.
-Tried my system with an older card (8600GTS) and it works. Haven't gotten a blue screen.

Other info:
Over the past few days I overclocked my CPU from 2.9 to 3.2 but made sure not to mess around with GPU settings.
I got 2 or 3 'Display Driver has stopped working' windows today.

So what's up with my system? Or what can I do to check for the root of the problem?

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a c 1415 U Graphics card
January 23, 2011 2:37:17 AM

If your 8600gts worked straight away and nothing from the GTS250 on the same drivers it really looks like your GTS250 just died.
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January 23, 2011 5:19:20 AM

aw man, i tried it again, and also with another power connector. nothing. i guess it is dead then.

i hate to spend my money T_T but what's a good replacement nowadays? 5770HD? ...
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January 23, 2011 7:46:13 AM

The 5770 is good, but if you want to see a bigger improvement, you could go with a HD6850 or a GTX 460 IMO.
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a c 1415 U Graphics card
January 23, 2011 11:18:31 AM

What brand was your GTS250? Many have more than a years warranty.
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a c 197 U Graphics card
January 23, 2011 11:24:35 AM

^ Good point.
Even if the card was several years old, there's no harm in calling whoever handles the warranty.
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January 23, 2011 3:39:53 PM

BFG... I was reading up, and I saw that the 10-year warranty is only active if I register the card within 30 days of purchase. Never did : / Can u guys confirm on this rule?
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a c 1415 U Graphics card
January 23, 2011 3:40:57 PM

BFG no luck they are gone bankrupt and no support!
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January 23, 2011 3:56:16 PM

T_T this is really bad luck, and this just happened recently, didnt it...
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a c 1415 U Graphics card
January 23, 2011 4:04:09 PM

Last year some time!
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January 23, 2011 4:13:44 PM

Mannn, waste of $150 on my end.

Thanks though for the info here.
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