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Graphics card help

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
June 14, 2012 5:55:21 PM

Just a quick one. Was inside my PC today, accidentally bumped a hard drive on top of my graphics card and there was a small spark and now my graphics card doesn't appear to be working. Did it short out or have I actually destroyed it?


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a b U Graphics card
June 14, 2012 6:06:13 PM

If it is shorted out, then it is probably broken. Was the machine on when you did this? Also, do you need it to use a screen? If not, plug the monitor into the motherboard, in the OS see if it recognizes the card. Try removing the card and re-seating it.
June 14, 2012 6:19:56 PM

Yeah it was on. Thanks for the advice, guess they are just really fragile.
Reckon I will be able to get it repaired under warranty?
a b U Graphics card
June 15, 2012 6:08:38 PM

Yeah, even a small discharge of electro-static energy from your hand while handling it can kill it. The warranty of the card depends on the manufacturer of it, or if it is a pre-build system (dell, etc.). The RMA process can be long and challenging, but if you are keen on keeping the card, then maybe waiting it out isn't such a bad idea. Sorry there isn't much I could do troubleshooting wise, but hope I helped anyway.