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\015 I was playing an online game yesterday afternoon, and suddenly I got a blue screen before it went blank, and then the monitor just blinked like it does when the PC is turned off. The blue screen that flashed wasn't a normal blue screen but extremely pixelated.\015\012\015\012I immediantly shut the computer down, let it sit for a bit and then started it back up. I hear the beep, the light comes on saying its accessing/reading the hard drive, the lights on the back for like network connection are on, and for a brief moment, the monitor might light up recognizing the comp being on, but still black, before going back into standby mode. It's a dual monitor video card, so I switched the connection to the other plug, and rebooted. This time I got pretty much the same thing with the beep and all but after a moment, it actually brought up a black screen with my white mouse pointer, which i was able to move around. However, on a regular cycle, the screen would blank out for a second and come back on for like 5 seconds. But again, never changed to anything besides that.\015\012\015\012I think my video card might have just gone on the fritz. I mean, wouldn't I at least get the bios screen, like i always did before it went to windows, if it wasn't the video card? But I don't know and don't want to drop a bunch of money on a new card if that's not even the problem, so looking for other ideas.\015

Answers :

Mikolan,

That is so crazy.
You say you previously was able to see the POST screen and now you can't?
You say you switched monitors and card outputs to no avail? Is the card an ATI with an aux Molex power connector?
Is the puter actually going into standby or hibernation?
Have a boot disk? or a PE?
How about a Linux self-install distibution CD. Just kidding about that last one. Not really, you can see if the puter does respond.

Don't rule out a faulty power supply. Video card fail is usually one long, two short beeps at POST. or 8 short.
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