Unexplainable graphics distortion

By krawford
Nov 5, 2011
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  1. i dont know what is wrong but if anyone can solve this problem they would be a godsend

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  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,675   +389

    My first guess would be a bad video card. Does it happen on the POST screen? If not, do you have a live linux cd or can you download one and boot from it and see if it happens.
  3. Matt12345170

    Matt12345170 TS Booster Posts: 94   +24

    Hey - in my experience, a poorly seated video card can cause a lot of problems. I had a similar issue a few months ago.

    If you know how, I would try and re-seat it, if not - best let someone who does take a look at it.

    If you do end-up attempting to re-seat it, just make sure that

    1. The power is off - and the computer is unplugged
    2. The eliminate the charge that your computer stores (hit the power button while its off)
    3. Ground yourself - usually touching the metal on the inside of your case is sufficient enough to eliminate the static charge inside of you if you popping on your computer for a brief visit.
    4. Remove the DVI/other connection cables from the card. Take out the video card but be careful handling it - do not touch the gold pins at the bottom - try to hold the card by its edges/case.
    5. Carefully re-insert the card into the same slot that you found it in.
    6. Close the case.
    7. Connect all cables that you unplugged.
    8. Power Up.

    Good Luck! - and if you need any help - feel free to private message me.

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