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  1. #1
    Registered: Aug 2002
    Location: Deep inside mediocrity

    Video Card

    So my Desktop video card doesn't work after updating the drivers (my wife clicked yes when she should have said no). I am (was) running a NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT video card and after the update the screen went funky and the computer started to freeze up. I was able to disable the card after ten or so restarts. Computer works fine without the card. Of course I need the card to work to run a lot of stuff properly. I tried going backwards with the drivers but that didn't work. I'm thinking a new one will do the trick. Any suggestions?

    System info:

    Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit: Service Pack 2
    NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT
    Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E6550 @ 2.33GHz
    RAM: 4 GB
    320GB Hardrive (Don't know RPMS)

  2. #2
    driver update, while it may break software compatibility, should not have the potential to kill your graphics card. I would try it out in some other pc first before buying a replacement.. but yeah, a new card would probably fix your issue.

  3. #3
    Clarify something... Does the screen appear garbled during the POST? If it does, it is probably a video card problem. If it looks fine, it would be a driver problem most likely. You should be able to start Windows in safe mode and things *should* look alright because safe mode uses standard VGA drivers.

  4. #4
    Registered: Aug 2002
    Location: Deep inside mediocrity
    I tried the latest driver update from Nvidia and I am still having video issues. Lots of lag and then freeze up but with the latest driver it takes longer for the issue to start: about 2 seconds longer. I think maybe it's time to build a new PC anyway.

  5. #5
    a new graphics card might be enough, the rest of that pc is still decent enough for most of the average daily tasks. think somewhere around geforce gtx650/ti or radeon hd7750/7770 (DDR5).

  6. #6
    Registered: Aug 2002
    Location: Deep inside mediocrity
    Oddly enough I was shopping for very similar video cards today. Thanks for the advice. I tried updating the the current one with the very latest drivers and still had the same issues. I guess it's time to stop procrastinating and buy a new card. The system actually worked fine for all my needs until the video problems.

  7. #7
    just watch out for the ddr3 versions of HD7750, those should be avoided. the ddr5 version is ok.

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