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Screen filled with dots on startup

Posted on 2008-10-17
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Recently my computer has gotten this problem where when it starts up with the BIOS, the screen is filled with dots. I have a feeling it might be linked to the graphics card since this problem emerged after the computer crashed while running the GPU version of Folding@Home. I don't know if the card is actually damaged though, since the dots aren't consistent on all screens, and I'm able to startup in safe mode. I was also able to use it without any display drivers.
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Syncromind earned 500 total points
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did you tried changing your video drivers? one  good solution is try with older drivers than the ones you haved, to be sure files are overwrited. After that if solved,update to last drivers.

If nothing happens, yes, it would be probably damaged :P
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by:nobus
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you can also test the issue with another (older, PCI) video card
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by:Callandor
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If it shows up in the BIOS screen, it is a hardware problem, typically video RAM.  Do you have adequate cooling for the card?  If it happens on a cold boot after the computer has been off for a while, it's not a heat problem and there is no fix for this except to replace the card, as video RAM is usually soldered on the board.
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by:kotsoft
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It turned out to be hardware related after all. I was able to fix it with a replacement card.
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by:Callandor
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Sorry, we made suggestions that you had a hardware problem and would need to replace the card.  You can't just say you came to the same conclusion when you never responded to any comment.
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