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Nvidia 8800 GT Producing vertical distorted lines

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Hello

I have a XFX Nvidia 8800 GT Alpha Dog graphics card installed on my DELL Desktop PC.

Everything was fine until today morning when i turned the PC on.

The monitor produced horizontal strips of distorted images starting during boot running parallel to each other and continued even after windows was loaded.

The control panel displays a yellow exclamation with a Code 10 error (device could not be started).

The graphics card is installed on a PCIe 2.0 slot on the motherboard. I replaced the graphics card with an old Nvidia 7300 LE and everything was back to normal. Switched it back to 8800 GT and the issue was reproduced. It looks like a Hardware issue to me.

Can somebody come up with any possible solution so that i can save a few bucks on a New one which looks more than probable to me now.

HELP !
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The clue here is the artifacts are on the screen during boot (before any driver loads) and in Windows.
Chances are very high that the 8800 is dying.  Windows fails to load the drivers because the hardware is faulty hence the DM error.  
If you want to check put it in another desktop and see if you get the lines at both stages of start up.
Then buy a new card!
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Agreed sounds like a bad card. XFX had lifetime warranties on their cards as long as you registered it. If you registered it contact XFX support for a replacement.
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by:NisheshPrasad
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I did not register it. This card is over 3 years old and has served me really well during all these years. Just out of the blue it goes toast ... i dont understand. As i said an older card which i had works fine on the same slot so i dont think using this card on a replacement desktop would be more than just an overkill ..
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test it on another pc
also - do you have enough power?
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I just finished repairing a monitor with strange lines, wouldn't sync, etc.

Turns out the power supply inside the monitor was going bad due to dried out capacitors.

I almost threw the monitor in the trash, but decided to remove the plastic bezel around the screen, get into the power supply, and remove all the electrolytic capacitors (about 6 of them) and replace them.

Total parts cost: about $6

Try a different monitor, if another monitor works, and you don't want to fix the internal power supply, tell someone else about the capacitor issue (they dry out after a few years) and maybe someone will replace all the caps on the power supply section of the control board inside the monitor.

The hardest part of the job is getting the plastic case around the monitor to unsnap without breaking it.

Hope this helps.  

Jeff

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This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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