Dell has Video Card failure;Help save this faithful PC! 2012
My Dell Dimension 8300, Pentium 4 Proc at 3.0GHz with HT 1024MB DDR SDRAM at 400Mhz AND.........
128MB DDR ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Graphics Card (with TV-out and DVI)
The diagnostic lights in back YGYG indicate a video card failure. This desktop has been awesome since 2004 for my very basic needs. Can we save her?
I thought my NEC LCD1712 was failing because I was getting stripes on the screen and finally couldn't see anything. I replaced the monitor with a AOC LED HD monitor model #E2243FWK. That worked for one day.
The next day the computer is "on" but won't boot-up, monitor says "No Signal", keyboard doesn't work. Other devises connected to via wireless network, i.e. printer are working. (there's life!!!)
I shut it down, disconnected everything, opened tower and cleaned out tons of dust. Didn't re-seat the card. Should I try that? (I don't think it has a AGP card as some say.) But I really don't know enough to know.
I know it's time to upgrade, even though this computer has been great & served me well. If I could fix it, I would continue using it for very basic stuff.
Any solutions? Thanks.
If you want to try a repair here is a link to one possibility for a video card. Note it does not have TV out--keeping that feature would increase cost. If you don't want to gamble on the repair I would buy an inexpensive external drive case that matches you hard drive. You may then pull the drive and place it in the case to connect to your new computer to retrieve your data. Good luck.