Video card problem

By soboy123 ยท 12 replies
Jun 5, 2010
  1. Hi my video card started acting weird lately.
    Its brand new out of the box working 7 days when it started showing a black screen on boot up. Now it works for a limited time for about 1-5 minutes before it restarts the computer.
    I tried my old video card and the same thing is happening. How ever my integrated video works perfectly fine.

    Pc specs
    OP: Windows XP media center edition sp2
    3518mb ram
    Amd athlon 64 x 2 duel core
    Phoenix bios
    350 watt psu
    Video card : ATI Radeon hd 4670
    Previous : Nvidia geforce 6150 LE (crap)
  2. Ural_

    Ural_ TS Enthusiast Posts: 96

    Maybe your PCI-E slot is playing up, did you install the cards correctly?
  3. soboy123

    soboy123 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah I installed it correctly.
    It worked all day yesterday and now it only works 1-5 minutes before restarting.
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    looks like you have an older OEM machine, they (with few exceptions) come with very poor quality underpowered PSU's. along the lines of a bestech or the like. it sounds as if it may be the problem.
  5. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    It very well could be the PSU. The HD 4670 advises a 400W PSU for a single card.
  6. soboy123

    soboy123 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I don't think its the psu, because my old video card which worked for 3 years is having the same problem.
  7. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Why can't it be the PSU if your old card is giving the same problems? Maybe the damage to the PSU is recent. The cheapest solution would be to try a different PSU. I hardly think there's any point buying other expensive parts before making sure that it's not the PSU.

    If possible, borrow a known working PSU having adequate power, and try it on your system.
  8. soboy123

    soboy123 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I borrowed my friends 400 watt psu, but its still not working.
  9. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Try checking if the video cards work properly on your friend's machine. If they don't, you might have to replace one.
  10. soboy123

    soboy123 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    My video card works fine on my friends machine.
    I also bought a new 450w psu and it still does not work.
    I think this is related to my hard drive because of recent malware. I had to reformat twice, because my screen would not start with it.
    I will try another hard drive and see if it works, if not I will need to buy a brand new pc.
  11. Edwin Phate

    Edwin Phate TS Rookie Posts: 140

    why not just get a new motherboard if you dont want to spend alot of money and swap parts. make sure your new motherboard can use your old parts. but your probably better off getting a new one.
  12. soboy123

    soboy123 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Im giving up on this pc and salvaging what I can.
    I never did like HP.
    Im building my own pc and might need some advice. is where i am getting the parts.
  13. Thomas3087

    Thomas3087 TS Rookie Posts: 18

    You just had the same problem I had a few months ago. I built a new pc, and swapped my Radeon HD 4750 into it, used same monitors as on my old dell. In the new pc with windows XP he sp2, the monitors went into stand by just as you describe. Either right before bootup or 1-5 minutes in. This happened in a brand new suped up pc but did not happen in my 5 yr old dell.

    I couldn't identify a hardware problem, nor could a paid professional. But i installed windows 7 32bit. now the new pc and Radeon 4750 get along great. My pc tears it up.

    That was my solution. Worth a try for you?

    intel i3 2.93 duo
    4GB DDR3 ram
    1TB HD 7200rpm
    512MB DDR3 ATI Radeon HD 4750
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