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    Weird problem

    My system specs:

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    About a month back I bought some new hardware; RAM, PSU and hard drive.
    So a couple weeks ago the fan on my motherboard started sounding like a motorbike, I was a bit worried, so I gave my pc to my mums friend who was apparently good with computers. He told me I needed new RAM, which I bought and gave to him. When I got the computer back I turned it on and it was still making the sound - apparently he told my mum that it's just the sound my computer makes now and I shouldn't worry. Funnily enough it stopped making the sound after 5 minutes or so....the pc worked fine.

    Then the next day I tried turning on the computer, and after a few seconds the motherboard made a few beeps and a voice said 'system failed vga/vda test' (I couldn't make out whether it was vga/vda), has anyone got any idea's on what it be? I've tried resetting the cmos, but no luck :S

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    Re: Weird problem

    STill making the noise is it?

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    Re: Weird problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Ommid View Post
    STill making the noise is it?
    Yep.

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    Re: Weird problem

    Hi,

    Guessing it said "VGA test". A stab in the dark is that the noise is coming from your graphics card cooler fan - its not rotating right, and consequently it over-heated and fried.

    First thing I'd try is to get another graphics card from somewhere (have you got an old one knocking around? could be PCI-E or a simple old PCI one). Take your 7800GTX out and put the old one in. See if it boots like that. If so, you've got yourself a blown card. That's where my money would be.

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    Re: Weird problem

    Also it appears that the person you entrusted you machine to is not so good with computers and not much of a friend to not admit that.

    "just the noise your PC makes now" what the....

    Booting with the panel removed should make it clear where the noise is coming from - as already pointed out probably VGA cooler
    Either the fan is kaput or there is something obstructing the free flow if the fan blades
    Sadly this looks like its caused the video card to fry
    Last edited by kmac; 07-04-2008 at 09:46 PM.

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    Re: Weird problem

    Thanks for the replies -
    I mean before I took my computer to the guy the sound was coming my motherboard fan, but when I get home I'll check whether it's actually the graphics card fan.
    As I recently got a new PSU, do you think that could be the problem at all?

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    Re: Weird problem

    Well it could be but the first thing is to ascertain where the sound is coming from i.e. which fan. Seing as your computer boots up albeit with error message, its unlikely to be the PSU. Thats not to say the PSU fan is not causing the noise

    The other thing is the noise and the error may not be connected i.e. a fan is making the noise but in transit you VGA card has come loose - make sure it is properly inserted into its slot.

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    Re: Weird problem

    What brand is your PSU and what are it's specs?
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    Re: Weird problem

    Quote Originally Posted by kmac View Post
    Well it could be but the first thing is to ascertain where the sound is coming from i.e. which fan. Seing as your computer boots up albeit with error message, its unlikely to be the PSU. Thats not to say the PSU fan is not causing the noise

    The other thing is the noise and the error may not be connected i.e. a fan is making the noise but in transit you VGA card has come loose - make sure it is properly inserted into its slot.
    I agree with all that.

    Sounds to me like your video card died, as described above. The noise was probably the fan on the video card dying. Then when the noise stopped, that was probably the fan on the video card being dead. The video card then gets too hot and the card itself died and that's why you get that error when you start the PC. That's most likely. It is definitely worth checking that the card is still pressed into it's slot though firmly, and that your monitor lead is still plugged into it firmly too. If you do this, make sure that you have the PC switched off when you do it, and make sure you earth yourself to get rid of any static before you touch the graphics card.

    If the card is dead, then if it's any consolation to you, a graphics card is easy to replace and you could do it yourself (with guidance from someone on this forum if you want it). It's a 5 minute job when you know what you are doing. Also, a replacement card similar to that one isn't HUGELY expensive because it's a couple of years old now so the prices have come down. Or you could take the opportunity to get a better card.
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    Re: Weird problem

    Before you rush out and buy anything new just check that the video card hasn't managed to come loose of its socket somehow...
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    Re: Weird problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Salazaar View Post
    Before you rush out and buy anything new just check that the video card hasn't managed to come loose of its socket somehow...
    or the power connecter to it ( if it has one )
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