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Is my graphics card failing??

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October 31, 2011 8:24:30 PM

Hey all, new to the forum but there's a problem with my graphics card in an older system that's been ruining my day!

I am having problems with an old system I have got. Recently my graphics card has been producing vertical lines on my monitor meaning I can't really see anything. The graphics card was working absolutely fine before so I don't see what's wrong, but I did take it out when I was rebuilding the system but I did definitely ground myself in the correct way before touching it.

The graphics card is an old Sapphire Radeon X800 XT Platinum running on an AGP slot on a Gigabyte K8VT800(Pro) motherboard, as I say, it was working absolutely fine before I took the card out.

I have tried a few solutions, none of which fixed the problem
- Using a different monitor on the DVI port (I was using the VGA before)
- Reseating the graphics card
- Trying a slightly more powerful PSU to power the graphics card (when I rebuilt the system I replaced my 450W PSU with a 425W and I have since plugged it into the 450W again)
- I even reinstalled the OS thinking it could be software problems

I reinstalled Windows XP last night to see if would work again, but sadly it just won't. I have a few pictures to show what the problem is:

http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/w...d/DSC05849.jpg
http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/w...d/DSC05850.jpg
http://i730.photobucket.com/albums/w...d/DSC05851.jpg

When I boot the computer up, the BIOS and POST screens are crystal clear, it's only when it begins to boot into the OS itself (Windows XP), does it start to produce lines on the screen. Once I had installed XP, I installed the graphics drivers but after doing that Windows XP is hanging on the boot screen and is not loading at all, the only way I can get into to the OS is via Safe Mode.

I will also say that when I rebuilt the PC, suddenly the bit of the graphics card that sits on the back of the case (the section of metal with the display ports, not sure what you call it??) has become magnetically attracted to the case? Could this have anything to do with the card suddenly becoming faulty?? It was never magnetically attracted before but I did use a magnetic screwdriver to get something that was buried right at the bottom of the case... was this a bad move by any chance? Motherboard still works fine, just the graphics card is being annoying now.

I think my graphics card may be dying, or could it be something to do with the AGP slot itself? If the card is failing then I need to replace it, but what with? I've looked on eBay and seen some cheap-ish AGP cards out there I could use, but I'm not sure what will work best with a 425W PSU, so some guidance would be great. I'd like it to be a good GPU and I'm currently looking along the lines of a GeForce 6800 256MB or 512MB if I need to replace the card. I was also wondering if it would be possible to sell the card as "spares or repairs" for a really low price on eBay if it proved to be faulty? Or is beyond usable now? (see my pics I linked to).

Any help or advice would be much appreciated! I have to use a graphics card because there is no on-board video on this motherboard!

Thanks!

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a c 109 U Graphics card
October 31, 2011 8:35:50 PM

The card has served you well, but it seems like it could be a dead card.
October 31, 2011 8:40:27 PM

amuffin said:
The card has served you well, but it seems like it could be a dead card.

Oh. OK - thanks for a fast response. Is there anything I could do to resurrect the card?? I'm wondering why it's dying though, could it be the whole magnetic thing?

What should I replace it with do you think? I don't really know much about AGP cards as they're a bit before my day (yeah I'm still young ;)  ) so some advice would be good... looking at cards that were good about 6-7 years ago and run on AGP?
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a c 109 U Graphics card
November 1, 2011 4:37:34 AM

vistakid10 said:
Oh. OK - thanks for a fast response. Is there anything I could do to resurrect the card?? I'm wondering why it's dying though, could it be the whole magnetic thing?

What should I replace it with do you think? I don't really know much about AGP cards as they're a bit before my day (yeah I'm still young ;)  ) so some advice would be good... looking at cards that were good about 6-7 years ago and run on AGP?

Sorry my knowledge of agp cards is not very good, however you can get an agp card from new egg for around 20-70 good luck :)  http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
November 1, 2011 5:58:10 AM

Thanks for the link but I'm in the UK. I;'ll have to see if I can get hold of an AGP card to replace it with, and maybe sell my current card as spares/repairs.
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