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Windows 7: Is my graphic card dead?

26 May 2015   #1
maurisrx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 
Is my graphic card dead?

Hi,

My GPU is club 3d HD 7850 royal queen, it's 2 years old. In the last week, my PC constantly got error saying that "Graphic driver stopped working, it has been recovered" or something like that and it works normally after it's recovered. And finally my PC stopped working right after getting that error today. When I reset and restarted the PC, it seems like it didn't boot at all. My monitor said "No video input".

I suspected my GPU or PSU to be the culprit so I removed my GPU and connected my monitor to onboard GPU and rebooted the PC. It worked and the PC is back to normal (without GPU installed).

So, before I decide to buy a new GPU. Is my GPU above really dead? Is there a way to test my GPU whether it's still working or not? What if I changed my PSU and install the same GPU? Would it work? Can you recommend which GPU manufacturer that is durable and good?

Thank you very much!


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26 May 2015   #2
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

OK by a process of elimination you have a suspect video card. The only way to be sure would be to install the suspect card in another PC. Yes they power supply could also be suspect. You may wan to check the cooler on the GPU. It may be bunged up dust or the fan might not be going around. The only way to be absolutely sure is to try the GPU in a known working PC. Then if it works fine your PSU is suspect.
Gigabyte EVGA XFX & Asus all make good GPU. Any of them can fail and die, poor cooling will kill the best of them as will a bad power supply.
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26 May 2015   #3
maurisrx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Thank you Indianatone for the input. Does faulty PSU still can power the PC? Because after I removed the GPU card, the PC works normally. The CPU temperature also increased 20 - 30 C after I removed the GPU card, does it happen because I use onboard GPU now?
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26 May 2015   #4
RoasterMen

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

There might be a slight chance that a faulty PSU will power up a system but will fail along with the other components.
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26 May 2015   #5
maurisrx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Thank you RoasterMen for the info. So to be sure which one is faulty, I have to test them in other working computer, right?
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26 May 2015   #6
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Yes, your best bet is to try your card in a friends PC. Load the drivers and check it out. If it works look and see if the fan is working. If it won't work in your friends PC try his or hers video card in yours and rule out the power supply. Make sure you unplug the PC's from the AC when removing the cards and look out for the clips on the bottom at the far end of the motherboard sockets. If you fail to release them and pull too hard the card will wrench the socket out of the motherboard.
Good Luck, take your time and ask, there is always someone here to help out.
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22 Aug 2015   #7
maurisrx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I am sorry for the late report. I just managed to test the card on other working PC and it works fine. So the problem must be faulty PSU right? Though I still hesitate to buy a new PSU because the current PSU can still power up my PC without graphic card. The only known problem with the current PSU is that sometimes it smells bad like some liquid burn. Is it a good sign to replace the PSU?
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23 Aug 2015   #8
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

If the PSU smells funny, replace it as quickly as possible. Especially if it smells like something burning.
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23 Aug 2015   #9
Jason01

W7, 64 Bit
 
 

I would also check the GPU by taking it out & blowing away any dust around it's cooling fan.

Use Device Manager to roll back or uninstall the video driver, then reboot,check DM again to check driver version & update.
If you have recently updated the driver, it's possible your system doesn't like it,in which case revert to the 'roll back' version.

If the problem is still present,check the dust situation in the case as well.

In addition to blowing out the case,GPU -CPU fans, I ALWAYS blow out the PSU fan & chassis box.

The PSU fan is generally on the underside,blow in from the rear & inside under the PSU itself.

Heat, through dust accumulation, is a killer for electronics,once a year,a proper blow out is beneficial & lower temperatures = longer life for components.
Note the rear usb connections before taking out,as some mobo's are sensitive to peripherals being rewplaced in the wrong socket's.
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23 Aug 2015   #10
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maurisrx View Post
I am sorry for the late report. I just managed to test the card on other working PC and it works fine. So the problem must be faulty PSU right? Though I still hesitate to buy a new PSU because the current PSU can still power up my PC without graphic card. The only known problem with the current PSU is that sometimes it smells bad like some liquid burn. Is it a good sign to replace the PSU?
So you need to replace the power supply before it fries the rest of your computer. If not why do you even ask for advice?
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