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Windows 7: Video Card Replacing or is this Fixable?

31 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
Video Card Replacing or is this Fixable?

When I started up Skyrim the other day, it froze and ended up getting the BSOD. When I reset the pc, I had red and green vertical lines just at the bios screen. Once widows finally started my resolution was 800x600. I was able to change it back to 1920x1200. The lines still remain at the bois screen every time I boot. Windows seems like it does not fully recognize the card.

So is the video card fried?

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31 Dec 2011   #2

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

Hello phrazel. Welcome to the Forum.

That does not look good.

Here's what you want to do:
  • Go to the nVidia website and download the most current known good driver and save it to an easy to find location.
  • (Optional) go into Windows Explorer and in the C: drive find the nVidia folder (inside will be Drivers > your driver version) and delete it (the whole folder).
  • Go into Start > Control Panel > Remove a Program > and uninstall all programs for the video card. Do PhysX and Stereoscopic 3D first, then the driver. The control panel will uninstall with the driver.
  • Shut down the computer.
  • Reseat the video card. Check all power connections.
  • Restart computer.
  • When it reaches the desktop Windows will find new hardware and will install it's own WDDM1.1 driver. Let it. You will be asked to restart. Do it.
  • Once back on the desktop you can now install the nVidia driver package for your card.
The above will only work if the problem is software related and there is a chance to save the card. It will not work if the card has died. There is a small possibility that you may lose all functionality, even at low res. But if that happens it only proves the card was on it's way out.

Sorry for the bad news.
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02 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7 Enterprise x64

Tried this and still getting lines/dots at bois boot screen and still not recognizing video card memory. I guess this thing is semi fried. I just hope it hangs on until I can afford a new card.

Thanks for your help TVeb
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