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PCI-E Slot died?

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This weekend I decided to clean my computer when I added a new Blu-ray drive. I unplugged it, took the side panels off, cleaned off the fans and filters. I did nothing else, never touched my GPU.

I plug everything back in, starts up fine, but as soon as I log into windows the computer freezes followed by an artifacting red screen. So I try safemode, it works fine. I uninstall my video card drivers in safe mode, and then it boots fine in Windows with no issues. However, as soon as I reinstall drivers and reboot the same issue happens.

I moved my GPU down 1 PCI-E slot and it works with drivers installed.

Trying to figure out how this is possible, as I never touched the GPU or PCI-E slot when I cleaned my computer. Also, wouldn't the computer have issues if it was the PCI-E slot, even without drivers uninstalled?

I've tried:
1) Compressed air into the PCI-E slot
2) Shinning a flash light in the slot to see if I see anything wrong with it.

Out of ideas, everything is working with the card in the other slot.. however I feel uneasy knowing my motherboard has a possibly broken PCI-E slot.
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If it is broken, RMA it.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by HybridCore View Post
If it is broken, RMA it.
1) Computer downtime.
2) Have to re-do my overclock.
3) Have to rebuild my entire computer.

If the PCI-E slot is infact broken, then I would wait until my next build and then RMA it before I resell it for the sheer fact that I am lazy. 3 year warranty on it, and I still have over a year left. I would probably update my motherboard/processor by then.
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