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Master Geek

# 157273 26-Nov-2014 09:11
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I left my computer on the other day, and when I came back, it was back at the login screen. I logged in, and an error advised that the system had restarted after a critical error. It later locked up, both screens went blank, and was un-useable. I turned it off and left it.

Today I tried starting it, and it would start loading windows, then both screens would go blank. I managed to get into safe mode, I uninstalled the drivers for the graphics card, and rebooted. It then loaded windows, but the screen looked like it was still in safe mode (screen shot attached). It automatically re-installed the graphics card, and rebooted. Upon rebooting, it fails to load into windows again, and both screens go blank before it gets there.

Is this a graphics card related issue? I believe it is a NVIDIA GeForce 7600GS or similar?  Running Windows 7 Home Premium, 6GB of RAM.  It has been incredibly reliable until now.

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  # 1183156 26-Nov-2014 09:32
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Graphics card may have overheated. 

You could try this:  (at your own risk of course).

However a new graphics card may be a simpler fix.

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Master Geek

  # 1183161 26-Nov-2014 09:43
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Yeah that looks a bit risky for me, might just suck it up and buy a new one. Any model these days should do the trick really aye? I do know that it is a PCIe x16 slot, so will have to get one to fit that. About the only thing I do that sucks some power is run full screen YouTube or VLC on one screen, and do internet, email and office files on the other screen.

Since I see they have HDMI as standard on most cards these days, I might also get one for my spare computer and put that on the TV.

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