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Windows 7: Monitor & Graphics Card Issue

21 Dec 2013   #1
HazzaB

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Monitor & Graphics Card Issue

Hello! I've been having a whole bunch of problems with my AMD Radeon HD 6670 graphics card and my Dell monitor which I don't know the model of. To start off my PC started to overheat and shut down every so often so I opened it up and cleaned everything out, to my surprise it actually worked. While I was cleaning it I removed my GPU and removed the dust from the fan as well, then I put it back in again.

Then yesterday morning I woke up and powered on the PC, the fans and everything else was working with it. However there was no display on the monitor, it just kept going into some sort of 'Power Saving' mode. I checked the GPU and the fan was working fine but I still thought it was the GPU, so I was planning on buying one after Christmas.

Then just now I remembered that I have a working PC in another room so I hooked it up to the monitor and plugged everything in and powered it on, but there was no display on the monitor, it just did the same thing and went into the power saving mode again. The GPU in this PC is integrated however my new PC is separate.

So basically I want to know what the problem is and how I should solve it. Should I go ahead and buy a new GPU for my PC or should I buy a new monitor? Is it the monitor, GPU?

Thank you,
I hope to get a reply soon


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21 Dec 2013   #2
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Hello HazzaB,

I would be surprised if it was the monitor. The other PC you mentioned connecting it to, does that have it's own monitor? If yes, can you try that monitor on your main PC?

How are you connecting the monitor? VGA or DVI cable? Can you try a different cable?

Paul.
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21 Dec 2013   #3
HazzaB

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulpicks21 View Post
Hello HazzaB,

I would be surprised if it was the monitor. The other PC you mentioned connecting it to, does that have it's own monitor? If yes, can you try that monitor on your main PC?

How are you connecting the monitor? VGA or DVI cable? Can you try a different cable?

Paul.
Thanks for the reply Paul. Sadly, the other PC does not have it's own monitor. I'm connecting them by VGA and I tried a new cable just then however it's still going into the power saving mode..
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21 Dec 2013   #4
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Does the monitor display anything like the post screens/bios or is it totally blank from the switch on?
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21 Dec 2013   #5
HazzaB

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulpicks21 View Post
Does the monitor display anything like the post screens/bios or is it totally blank from the switch on?
Nope, no bios or anything just complete blankness from the switch on.
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22 Dec 2013   #6
HazzaB

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I just tested the monitor with another PC and it worked fine so I'm assuming I'm going to need to buy a new graphics card?
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22 Dec 2013   #7
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I am glad it is not the monitor, I really didn't think it would be.

You could try removing the GPU and re-seating it again, maybe something was not lined up quite right. The GPU could have gone bad but of course the only way to test that is to try it in another PC.

Paul.
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23 Dec 2013   #8
HazzaB

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I've tried re-seating it several times but it's not helped. Sadly, I can't test in one of my other PC's as I can't get them to fit into place.
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25 Dec 2013   #9
HazzaB

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Paul, do you think buying a new graphics card and PSU would fix the problem?
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25 Dec 2013   #10
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HazzaB View Post
Paul, do you think buying a new graphics card and PSU would fix the problem?
Quite possibly, but of course that is a major expense to see if that cures the problem.

It really does sound like the GPU has died but I don't wan't to say for sure. Could you take your PC to a local PC repair shop and ask them to test the GPU or test the PC with a different GPU fitted? At least that would confirm it either way before you spend too much.

Paul.
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