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    Would a graphics card that's on it's way out stop pc from booting up?
    I run Xp on an oldish machine and noticed over a few weeks that the card maybe failing (my diagnosis). Now I have lines on screen and pc will only boot up in safe mode. When booting up it never gets past the xp loading screen then boots up again. After about 3 minutes it automatically go to options for booting in safe mode without me pressing F8.
    In safe mode you can just make out icons etc but gets worse when you move the mouse
    Any help would be great before I get a second hand one off ebay.

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    Is it a separate graphics card, and does the PC also have an integrated one?

    Original Poster

    It's seperate. I took it out to clean then put back but no difference.
    Does agp x4 mean anything?

    Original Poster

    looks like this one on ebay

    220556110983

    Does the computer boot up if you take out the separate card?
    BTW the AGP4x just tells you the connection (AGP) of the card.

    Original Poster

    Babbabooey;7876612

    Does the computer boot up if you take out the separate card?



    I'll try that now.

    Original Poster

    If I take out I have nothing to plug the monitor in to.

    rotisman38;7876693

    If I take out I have nothing to plug the monitor in to.



    Which is why I asked if the PC also had an integrated card :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    I'll buy one off ebay and hopefully it is the graphics card as they're cheap. Using son's lappy at the moment and i'm lost without pc especially on my day off today:thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    I just thought It would boot up but just have a bad screen display until I replaced but can only boot in safe mode

    rotisman38;7876863

    I just thought It would boot up but just have a bad screen display until … I just thought It would boot up but just have a bad screen display until I replaced but can only boot in safe mode



    Its probably overheating. Is the cooler properly seated on the chip, does the fan spin freely? Unfortunately when they do overheat they can often cause permanent damage so it by all accounts might be fubar'd.

    Original Poster

    can't see a fan on it

    Lines on the screen does mean the graphics card has probably had it.

    rotisman38;7877198

    can't see a fan on it



    Is the heatsink properly seated?

    Original Poster

    Update - Got a 2nd hand G Card from local pc shop and back up and running - thanks 2 all
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