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    bad video card?

    I have horizontal lines on my monitor so I changed monitors and have the same thing. Could my video card be bad and if so, how could I tell??? My monitors are about 4 years old but I find it starnge that both would go out at the same time. Any ideas???
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    Re: bad video card?

    It could be a bad video card, certainly - but it could also be a bad motherboard, or outdated drivers.

    The veru first thing you should do is to make sure the software drivers are updated. If that doesn't solve the problem, do you have a different video adapter you could plug in and test?

    You're correct on one count: it would be really, really odd for two monitors to go south at the same time.
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    Re: bad video card?

    I live in Delhi as I read your bio... Do you think I could buy a video card at say Circuit City and try it, and if that's not the problem, return it? Remember, I live on the west side and we're notoriously parsimonious!!!! Thanks for your help...

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    Re: bad video card?

    Oh, what a small world. You live on the West Side? I'm afraid I suddenly went blank... <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/razz.gif border=0 alt=razz width=25 height=17> According to local superstition we are diametrically opposed. <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15>

    I don't know if you can really do that or not. From the perspective of Circuit City, I'd frown on such a thing, so I can't say that it's a good idea. However, you could take the video card to a local computer shop and ask them to test it for you. I can't imagine that it would cost a lot to have it tested (more than twenty USD would seem a bit much). You could also suggest to the shope that if it's indeed faulty, you'd like to apply that testing fee towards somethign off their shelf. Doubtful that you could do that at a chain store, but the little Mom and Pop shops are great for those kind of things. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Now, what I would do is use it as an excuse to get something that I really don't need but really want, like a brand spanking new Geforce4 with all the trimmings. You know, like buying a Ferrari to go back and forth to the grocery.... <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    -Mark

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    Re: bad video card?

    Wellsir, I bought a new video card and that solved my problem.Thanks for your help. I appreciate it.
    Remember, the west side, the BEST side!!!! Thanks again!!!

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    Re: bad video card?

    Of course, your card could've just not been 'seated' properly.
    Buying a new one results in having one plugged into the slot, thereby actually 'seating' the card.
    Many times it's no more than that, especially if the unit was just moved.
    Save the card, you may use it on another machine later.
    Just a thought.

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