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I just my computer back from the computer shop after having replaced the majority of the computer with new parts (motherboard, CPU, memory, etc.). The one thing they left was the video card ... they said it is not running to the max or whatever but it will work fine for the time being. It is not completely trashed out. But anyway the computer works fine when it is on and running. The problem is when I start the computer. The computer would be running but the monitor would keep blinking and nuthing will be on the monitor screen. Then I would just shut the computer off and leave it off for a few mins and start it again and it would start perfectly. I asked most of my friends what might cause the problem and they said it might basically the video card. If that is the problem from your aspects ... can you tell me what is a good video card in the price range of up to $100 (It can be a little over 100 but not more then 130) ... where I can get it from? and anything else that might be usefull. Oh yeah one more thing ... Can someone also like give me a direct link to somewhere where I can check my video card and how it is functioning. If that is possible. Thank you all for your help.
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by:Witto
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First of all before messing with the graphics card, i would check the monitor. Test it on another pc (if you have one) or take it to a friends house. Test it for a while not just for a few minutes. Because you'll be pretty angry if you buy a new graphics card and the problem is still occuring. If it isn't the monitor and the graphics card is faulty. The main graphics card companies are nvidia and ati. I'd stick with one of them. you can check out their websites at nvidia.com and ati.com. They should have shops linked into their sites.

Hope this answers your questions.

Good luck
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Well the monitor is fine ... it works on the other computer. I guess it is the video card. Is there any software that I can run to check if my video card is really bad? And one more question ... do any of you think it would be wise to get a video card or whatever from a computer fair. Thank you.
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Computer Fairs can be ok to buy from. But they can be harder to chase up if there is a probleem with the product, ensure you get the contact details of the person you are buying from. There are certain softwares out there that will test your graphics card for errors. But obviously being software, your pc will have to be running and working correctly. One is called PCCHECK, here is the link http://www.eurosoft-uk.com/pc_demo.htm you will have to fill in the forms relevant. I haven't used the software in ages, but am pretty sure you can check your graphics card on this demo version. What u will have to do is copy the progam to a floppy disk and boot from it. This is not 100% going to tell you if there is a problem tho because it seems to be a tempramental fault, with errors accouring occasionally. I think the only true way to be sure is swap the graphics card from your other pc to the faulty one to see if the problem still arises.

Good Luck

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