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Hi all,

I'm attempting to fix my friend's PC as it suddenly won't turn on with the stock graphics card.
The desktop is a Acer Aspire x1700 and the card is a GeForce G100.
When I take the card out the system boots up just fine.

So does this seem like a power supply issue or a graphics card issue? I'm heading to work right now to grab an extra PCI-E graphics card to test the latter.
    
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Could be that the Card is faulty. but yeah, try out the other GPU and lets see what ahppens.
    
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Put a diff GPU in and the system booted. Though this GPU eats less power than the original. The only way to tell if it's a power supply issue is if another card of equal wattage was used. Otherwise I think it's safe to assume it's a graphics card problem.

Edit: here's another idea, I'll put the bad graphics card in my desktop and see if it starts up... if not then I know for sure it's bad.
Edited by shoot2thrill - 4/1/11 at 7:40pm
    
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I put the faulty card in my desktop at work and it didn't turn on. Seems like the gfx card is the problem like you said.

I could buy a replacement G100 but it would be even better if something more powerful was installed. Anyone have any recommendations which would fit into this model?

Card must be low profile & PCI-Express (1.0 or 2.0 doesn't matter)
power supply in the desktop is 220W
    
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This one should more than suffice, includes the low profile bracket, and is only about $40

Hope I helped
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This happened when I ran an artifacting 8600 gt without a heat sink to try to bake it.
It hit 300 C before it melted the solder enough to cause a short.
 
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o.O Couldn't you have just tossed it in the oven, instead?
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post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by G33K View Post
This one should more than suffice, includes the low profile bracket, and is only about $40

Hope I helped
I was actually looking at those and saw that one of the G210s had a minimum 300W power supply requirement... I'm assuming all of them have this power requirement? If so this won't work, thanks for the suggestion though!

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This happened when I ran an artifacting 8600 gt without a heat sink to try to bake it.
It hit 300 C before it melted the solder enough to cause a short.
With the card in, the system has power for about a second before it shuts off. During that time, the card's fan does not spin at all. I bet what happened was her fan died which in turn caused the same scenario you described.
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Here's an update: I purchased this card. I searched around for a few hours and found that this is the best possible card which will work. The power requirement concerns me, however multiple reviews mention that this works flawlessly with a 220W power supply. It's only $35 after the rebate too, pretty awesome upgrade ya?
    
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Quote:
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This happened when I ran an artifacting 8600 gt without a heat sink to try to bake it.
It hit 300 C before it melted the solder enough to cause a short.
please, my good sir, tell me why in the hell this ISNT on youtube... thanks
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