When i went to inspect, whenever he booted it up numbers would flood the desktop. like the matrix no joke.
Sometimes it would boot clean, then freeze and crash 10 minutes later, other times it booted an wasn't detecting the video card, and was stuck in 1280x720, or some dodgy res. I tried both slots on the mobo, both came back with the same result.
sounds like a video card that on it way out but if you were inside was the ram and other cards and the heat sink seated fine??
sometime when you move a pc you can rattle something lose. if you reseated ram and cpu/heat sink then i would find a replacement video card..
Well my mate said he pulled out the RAM and CPU, and even reconnected a lot off the cables and drives inside the case. and it still started up all wonky. so he has gone out and bought a sapphire HD 6850 for $155, should be here by Friday or Monday.
I do hope its the card that;s broken, i hate buying stuff to find out i could have fixed it at the start.
Like DM186, it sounds like a PSU issue more than anything. When you built the computer (I'm assuming you built it yourself) I would think you built it about 4 or 5 years ago based on the age of the parts. The 9800GTX is ancient (but still super awesome) and the E8500 is quite old as well. The power supply may be on it's way out. What brand is it?
What is the brand name of your PSU?
Are you checking your temps?
Have you done a memory test on your RAM?
We did reapply thermal paste, it was some leftover copper stuff from a xigmateck heatsink.
ITS a 4 year old Cooler master 650W PSU (IMO it worked flawlessly)
well since we cant get any visual on the screen we cant get virtual numbers, and we haven't got tempgun.
Again if we had a display i would go through bios and run tests. And i cant pull the ram out and put it in my pc as im running DDR3 and he's on DDR2
And yeah i was putting this together during the GTX 260 release, and the Crysis QQ. still the 9800 was a very VERY strong card, sad to see it go.
That is good I wish you good luck on this and let me know what you have found out in the next couple of days. I am on here in the earlier evenings just about everyday. I will know when you have posted.