26 February 2015

Graphics Card Faulty

Yesterday I spent almost 3 hours before I finally know what was causing my computer to freeze, my graphics card, but strangely it can still output video even though it's not working well, I think it's running on basic drivers, see right now I can see stuff but it's not as good as before, previously I was running full HD so everything was very clear, now it all looks quite pixelated.

Anyway how did I know it's my graphics card problem? Thank myself that I had the foresight to install 2 OS, I have 2 harddisks so earlier on when I was installing my OS, I thought I might as well install on my second harddisk as well in case shit happens, so this really saved me a lot of trouble, so when I can't boot into my main harddisk without the screen freezing, I tried booting into my second harddisk and I can boot in normally, and other than basic drivers that Windows provides, I didn't install any other drivers.

So thinking that my Windows might be corrupted, I reinstalled the OS on my main harddisk, after that I can boot in normally, so I tried to download the latest graphics card driver, I installed and rebooted, boom, screen freeze again, now I can confirm it's graphics card problem, when the drivers run it will activate the card, so when it gets activated, that's it, it freezes. I still have no idea how it can run with basic drivers, it's the only graphics port I have, I don't have VGA or any other port, only the DVI port from my card, it's like it's half-dead lol.

Now I'm looking at which card to buy, my half-dead card is Sapphire HD6870, didn't last as long as I expected, I think I bought it in 2011 or 2012, can't remember how much I paid for it, I think slightly over $300, anyway this time I will try a Nvidia card instead, thinking of buying GTX 960 but it's kind of pricy, but reviews seems good.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

What do you use your computer for? Do you play any games?

Otherwise, just get a mid range card at about $150 - 200 if you just watch videos, play some Facebook games..

I'm using a GTX 550 Ti and it's really value for $.

marrythaigirlsingapore said...

Yep, I play some FPS and 3D RPG so I'm looking to get a decent card so I can run at 1080p without issues, probably getting the GTX 960, it cost about $325 but I think it's worth it.

GTX 550 Ti is good, that time before I bought my HD6870, I was actually comparing to 550 Ti, should have bought 550 Ti instead, this 6870 died so early, sad.