Problem with 8600 GTS

By sagato
May 31, 2012
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  1. hello im posting this because im having issues with my computer umm I dont know fully if im explaining this right but here goes nothing. the other day I was using my duel monitored computer I shut it down to go run some errend and when I came back I booted it up and my monitors werent working before I noticed that I saw that my power button to turn on my computer was blinking a alot before it gave it's usual short beep and booted up I dont recall that happening before then when my monitors didnt load up I knew something was wrong atm im using my onboard vga hub to be able to post this but I got no idea what happened I was advised by friends to maeke sure my drivers were up to date and that it was hooked up correctly when I went to my divice manager my 8600 gts Geforce wasnt showing up only my onboard graphic was showing up what the heck happnened and is there anyway I can fix it? I cant imagine my card died in a matter of 6 hours while my system was powered down. I built this thing myself nand im at a loss for trying to figur e out what the heck happened. please someone who is patient and truly seeking to help reply to this cause if I cant get this working again I dont know what I can do otherwise so please im begging for someone to help

    I'd just like to add even though I built this im a complete ***** when it comes to tehch help I know there is probly a ton of info you may need to assist me I just need to fix this and I dont know whats wrong kinda wish I knew what the blinking ment and how could my graphic card just die on me in a matter of hours after I been using it for a while seemlessly
  2. Dawn1113

    Dawn1113 TechSpot Booster Posts: 375   +64

    Man, I really wish I knew enough to be of some real help to you. Anyways, I suggest you post your complete system specs. Include your CPU, motherboard make and model, PSU specifications, your OS version. This will help more knowledgeable members make an informed diagnosis. They won't even hazard a guess if they don't know what your system specs are as that would be plain reckless.

    At any rate, I would think the most obvious question to ask is whether your PSU is up to spec and still working as it should. If it's good, then is your GPU properly connected to it? Was device manager able to detect your card before the problem started?

    But please post your specs and wait for other members to chime in before you do anything. I'll try to help -- even if it's just to keep your thread up until the more knowledgeable members are able to get to it.

    Good luck and stay cool.
    sagato likes this.
  3. DarKSeeD

    DarKSeeD TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 104

    Look on the card PCB for damaged capacitors.
  4. sagato

    sagato Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    mother board: MCP6PB M2+
    os: windows xp
    psu: 450watts
    graphics: 8600 gts nvidia GeForce
    ram 2gb ddr2 corsair
    processor : amd antheon 64 x2 5200+ 2.70 GHz

    well I havent checked the divice manage in a while I had problems with it with the driver update right before the recent one I belive the driver instalation program was tlking boutthe last big game to come out before maxpayne there was a problem with that peticular driver and my games they I had to roll back to fix but at that time yea I was able to see it under my display adapters labeled at 8600gts nividia geforcenow it only shows my onboard

    I just dunno what some of these abbreviations mean im a newb GPU is one I dont understand pcb is another im confused about sorry for being a little unknowledgeable but im trying best I can
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,746   +156

    GPU is graphics processor unit or video card. The 8600 gts nvidia GeForce card may have gone bad
  6. sagato

    sagato Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I hope not I cant fanthom how it works perfectly then a few hours later completely poofs
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,746   +156

    Is the 8600 clean and free of dust. Is the cooling fan running properly?
  8. sagato

    sagato Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    yea I dusted it off recently and the fan is running quite well
  9. mike1959

    mike1959 TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,044   +15

    Hi, This problem could be down to one of several problems or faults.
    1) Power supply starting to fail or too low wattage.
    2) Video card failed.
    3) Video card driver failed in some way or not the correct version.
    4) Fault on the motherboard, possibly the video card socket.
    If the Video card does show in Device manager, uninstall the driver, and reboot Windows, Does it detect the card, and install a driver?
    Power off the pc . Remove the Video card, fit it back again, make sure it goes into the socket properly, and the clip clicks in at the front of the card.
    The fact that you can use the PC with the 'onboard' graphics vga option, says to me, it's the video card failed, but I could be wrong.
  10. sagato

    sagato Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    ywea I think the card died or maybe psu is failing any idea what the flashing power button means?
  11. Dawn1113

    Dawn1113 TechSpot Booster Posts: 375   +64

     
  12. sagato

    sagato Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    only thing that came with it was a fold out mapping all the hubs I been looking up online I find tons of things about the internal beeps but not a single thing about the power buttons led flashing

    ty for the advice btw you guys are awesome for taking time to hlp
  13. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,746   +156

    No problem. Flashing power light means bad power supply. The video card is probably okay
  14. sagato

    sagato Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    really!? that maybe good news cause I have another power source!!!! omfg if this is true I ****ing love you
  15. sagato

    sagato Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    just to clarify before I start riping my closet apart loking for the spare psu I got when I turn the computer on power button flashes blu repeatedly (blu only color it has) then when it boots up its gives one short beep like it usually does then light stays solid
  16. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,746   +156

    The short beep is normal. Sometimes if you have the computer set to sleep instead of turning off completely, the power light will flash in standby or sleep mode
  17. mike1959

    mike1959 TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,044   +15

    Hi, If you have another PSU then it will only take a short time to change it over. If you can take a photo of the motherboard first before you take it apart, it may help you fit the new one. Or write down on paper where each power plug goes on the motherboard. The flashing light on the power button is usually a warning, could be many reasons for that, I would be looking at the PSU and the Video card. If you have a spare video card, try it, remember to plug your monitor into the correct socket, e.g. 'on-board' blue VGA or PCI-Express video card VGA or DVI or HDMI, whichever you have.
  18. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,313   +12

    Sagato, your avatar drops the F-Bomb.


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