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Topic # 93688 27-Nov-2011 05:41
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I just started rehabilitating my old computer, and I have managed to solve some of the problems I have encountered, except this one. 
The first signs of the problem that I got were:
- Monitor didn't respond when being connected to graphics card.
- Computer doesn't recognize graphics card. (Checked in system devices)
- the Graphics card fan doesn't move while the computer is turned on
What I have done so far is unseating and reseating the graphics card. Before I reseated it I examined it and saw that it was full of dust. So I used air to blow the dust off.
It didn't work afterwards. 
There must be something wrong. How can I find the problem so that I know what to repair/replace?
(Could it be the connection? Motherboard? Graphics card itself?) I would like to be able to identify the specific problem so that I don't buy another graphics card, and then find out that the problem was the connection. <--Example.
Thanks for your help. :D 

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  Reply # 550500 27-Nov-2011 08:44
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Your profile says you are in the US. Is this correct?

Did you use a can of compressed air? If you are not careful it forms condensation which can damage the video card.

Most likely if it has a DV connector on the video card then you might have cracked the solder connection when you unpluged it. Or the power connector from the PSU.

Or you might have cracked a capacitor solder connection in handling it.

I would not suspect the motherboard.




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  Reply # 550505 27-Nov-2011 08:54
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Yes, I do live in the US.
Ok, so those problems could be solved if I replace the graphics card right?
But what if the graphics card didn't work even before I even touched it?

EDIT: I just touched my graphics card while the computer was on, and it was hot. I suppose that this mand that electricity is running, and that maybe the fan is the thing that doesn't work.
My computer sees the graphics card, but doesnt know what to do with it. 

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  Reply # 550530 27-Nov-2011 10:50
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If the fan has not been running, it may well have cooked itself at a previous time. If you have another machine, try it in that, but it sounds like the computer is working except for the card so it is probably gone burgers.




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  Reply # 550531 27-Nov-2011 10:57
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So new Graphics Card then?

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