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Ok guys, hers a triky one

apparently the computer was working fine, then half way through the boot sequence it faded away until there is nothing on screen.
My first thought was the monitor so i swaped the monitor for an old on i have.
That didnt work so i thought new graphics card (At the mo its a Vodoo 3dfx chip) so in goes a new card.
And now i'm stuck

I think this one is dead

Cheers guys
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Boot into safe mode and remove the drivers for the video card. Then reboot the computer and install the Drivers for the new card
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Could be the power supply.  I would strip the computer down to the bare bones and try it and see if you have any life. (Power supply, MB & CPU, Video, 1 stick of ram)  If it comes to life, then add a piece at a time and see what kills it.  If it still is a no go, try a different Power supply.  If still no-go, then may be MB and or processor.  :-(
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by:Aramis11
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Seems like you never get more than one AGP slot, but if the video board is PCI type, maybe could try different slots for it.  
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by:riparius
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AGP cards can have different voltage ratings (and speeds)....sure your new one matches your system?
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by:nobus
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if you use XP, it is possible your old monitor does not display anything; so i would first test the monitor on a good system, and if possible the system on a working one; just to determine what is ok, and what's bad, in order that you won't run in circles.

nobus
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Sounds to me like it is refresh rate related. Try the new card but boot into safe mode and remove all previous drivers them reboot normally.
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by:pat814
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turn on the machine is the fan working on the power supply if not replace power supply box also if you put the wrong video card in you agp slot say a fairly recent one in a x4 slot it could damage your board put a pci video card in after you check the power is ok and see if this works if not go down to the basics take everything out that is non essential to booting ie modem cards sound card  network cards bare amount of ram and try again if not swap the ram with one you know to be good if non of this works you may have to consider if the board or cpu have a problem
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The answers about booting to Safe Mode from crazijoe and Dynamic1 sounded the most useful.
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