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Dell Studio 540 Display going blank

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Daaaveee, 8 Jun 2010.

  1. Daaaveee

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    Evening all,

    A friend of mine has a Dell Studio 540 which is about 18 months or so old. Recently after 30mins or so of gaming the screen would go blank for a minute or so, then come back for a couple of mins, then go off again, etc etc. Apparently its now doing this after even shorter time.

    It came with a 9800GT graphics card, and my first thought is that this was overheating, however checking with GPU-Z it didn't go over 75 degrees after an hour of gaming, and also checking the CPU with RealTemp that didn't go over 65 degrees.

    I am still convinced its a graphics card problem though. The next step it seems like would be to get a new card. Then there is the next problem of finding a card which will work ok with the current PSU, which is believe is 350w, with one 6pin power for the GFX card. Its enough to run a 9800GT as standard so what would be the best card to get to suit these power requirements? I was hoping for 5770 but that may be a bit too much?

    Any help is much appreciated!
     
  2. Daaaveee

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    Any ideas guys? Don't want to blow £100 on a new graphics card and for it to make no difference!
     
  3. cmndr_andi

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    Have you tried hooking the monitor up to another source (other PC, laptop, games console, DVD/blu ray player) and see if it exhibits the same problem?

    Alternatively, do you have a known working monitor that you can hook up to your Dell. If that works fine - its a monitor issue, if it shows the same problems then it is most likely the 9800GT.

    Also, do you have a PCI graphics card you can borrow for a short time to check if the 9800GT is at fault?

    Edit: sorry, meant PCIe above, but if you have any PCI cards kicking about - they should work fine for diagnostic purposes.
     
    Last edited: 9 Jun 2010
  4. Daaaveee

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    Yep its been tried on another monitor and a TV too, same problem.

    Good idea, I have an old 7800GT SLi rig which my parents have inherited, I'm sure they won't miss one of them!
     
  5. thingemajib

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    have you tried both of the video outputs on the 9800gt? if its just one of the outputs gone dodgy, then just use the other one - saves monies :)
     
  6. Daaaveee

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    Thanks will check this before anything else :)