Video won't come up after company file server went down

Hi Techs,
When I came in tonday the file server was down.  On the monitor I have attatched was just lines.
The admin was finally able to restart it but the lines are still there.
Do you know what this means?
I tired different cables and monitor too.
Thank you,
Mark88
Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAsked:
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NVITCommented:
The server is ok and  accessible by users? But you just can't see video AT the server? Can you RDP into the server? If so, video card is issue at server
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KimputerCommented:
Probably VGA card issue. There's a danger that it can still affect the whole server, even if it's just the VGA (freezing whole server). If seperate VGA, replace card, if onboard, see if you can use seperate card. If onboard with no expansion slot, replace whole motherboard.
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
The server is up and ok and accessible by rdp now but not physically AT the server.  It was froze when I got in - with the video lines on the monitor
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
You guys there?
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KimputerCommented:
Yes, feedback on my last post would be nice.
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Thank you for the previous info.  I dont want to touch the machine and get blamed for it hanging.  It's up and the mgr says theyre trying to expedite the purchase of a new one.  Guess they dont want to try and fix it.

How do I find out the age of the server?
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KimputerCommented:
Exact age, is done of course by finding the invoice. If not, you can try to find the installation date of the OS (for windows, check creation date of the Windows folder). You can also try to figure out the make/model of server/motherboard, as it could lead to an estimate from when the machine is.
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
ok
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Just got word that we bought a new server w/ssd's in it.

By the way, what's that behavior called when the video goes crazy like that?
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NVITCommented:
>> what's that behavior called when the video goes crazy like that?

IDK. Think of something complicated. ;-)
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
It's like a video test is running but looks even worse than that.
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NVITCommented:
Like Poltergeist? hehe
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Does anyone know what that is seriously, though?
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NVITCommented:
IDK if there's a term for it. I'd say: Corrupt video system.
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
video card going bad or ???
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NVITCommented:
It could be the card (adapter). Or, anything along the video system on the mainboard.

Call it: Bad Video System
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Mgmt says theyre sending another server.  What should I do with this question?
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NVITCommented:
Since Kimputer and NVIT helped you isolate the cause, I think points should be assigned accordingly. Maybe 60/40
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