Does this sound like a Graphics card hardware error?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by chand, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. chand

    chand Guest

    Hello everyone

    I just want to know if a graphics card is not working, would it preven
    me logging into vista? like there isn't enough graphics to boot vista
    is this possible
    Also would a malfunctioning graphics card cause weird symbols in th
    BIOS, like weird vertical lines, dollar signs replacing spaces, E'
    replacing F's, A's replacing N's etc.
    Also could a power surge possibly damage the graphics card? in terms o
    hardware
    I am not asking for a fix here; i just want to know if this ca
    happen:

    Thank you for your tim
     
    chand, Jan 18, 2009
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  2. chand

    DL Guest

    A pwr surge could have damaged all most any of your hardware eg motherboard
     
    DL, Jan 18, 2009
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  3. chand

    chand Guest

    Thank you for all your replies. I will be sending my computer fo
    warranty in a few days
     
    chand, Jan 18, 2009
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  4. chand

    westom1 Guest

    Power surges are blamed when nobody has a clue. Your symptoms are
    classic of a bad memory chip on the video controller. If true, then
    heating that controller with a hair dryer on high will make the
    problem even more obvious.

    Of cause, if a computer manufacturer is responsible, then
    comprehensive hardware diagnostics could be executed to make this
    failure obvious. No doubt what needs repair. A perfect example of why
    responsible computer manufacturers routinely provide these
    diagnostics.
     
    westom1, Jan 18, 2009
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