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Computer stops receiving Video Signal

 11:35 am on Sep 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

For some reason my computer stops receiving video signal from time to time.

After it stops sending video signal, i see a black screen (obviously), but the music continues to play. the only fix is to restart PC

I think its a Video card or RAM issue, considering that my RAM slots are messing with me sometimes.



 4:42 am on Sep 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

Have you run benchmarking tests on your video card and RAM?


 5:10 am on Sep 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

Do you have an NVIDIA card? There is a common defect associated with them and some motherboards.


 7:45 pm on Sep 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

i'd start by installing the latest video drivers then getting a tool to monitor your card like GPU-Z

make sure you aren't getting any overheating issues.


 9:30 pm on Sep 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

@bill, i havent, where may i find a good program to do that with?
@onepointone, I have an "ATI Radeon HD 2400 Series" Card. I dont know how great my Driver is, but as i put a older card, the driver got fu*ed and i reinstalled a driver named "11-8_agp-hotfix_xp32_dd_ccc.exe"

Seems fine. I think my issue is with the RAM sticks. Its very hard to get them all to work properly ! =(

It seems to have fixed now. Took Ram out and switched video card with an older one for some time.. I need an upgrade >,<


 11:42 pm on Sep 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

driver got fu*ed and i reinstalled a driver named "11-8_agp-hotfix_xp32_dd_ccc.exe"

OMG! you've got one of those old ATI cards too?!?1?

if you have windows XP - DO - NOT - INSTALL - SP3!

SP3 and that driver patch is a total disaster, just last week i took a system with that exact same driver and had to do a clean install 2 times before i figured out what was causing my video driver to dump and eat it. I've since reg edited SP3 out of all future windows update.

drove me insane for a good 5 hours.

SP3 and those ati drivers are ENEMIES!


shove your RAM back in i've never seen ram make a video card go black.


 10:28 pm on Sep 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

I Run SP2 Anyways, thank you for your advice :)

I have a "Powercolor ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro 512MB AGP" Video card.
Looks like the one here:

I have just dowloaded the driver from their site [power-color.com] from here: [powercolor.com...]

I hope it will work better.


 4:18 am on Sep 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

I'd doubt the RAM would cause a video problem either, but if you wanted to test it then Memtest86 is the old standby tool. You'll probably want to let it run overnight so that it can do enough passes.

For the video card you could try FurMark to benchtest your card.


 1:50 pm on Sep 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

whew, ok cool as long as you are on SP2 you are safe....then yea just an upgraded driver should do you good, also benchtest the card or get some kinda tool onto it so we can see the temps and what its doing.

its pretty old....is it dust free with a properly running fan?


 10:55 am on Oct 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

Its working fine now. But it has moments once in a whille when it stops giving video signal.

It has happened last year, after a few months my cousin gave it to me. Now again. I have unplugged most parts and reset the bios, later reformated and its working fine now.

Theres no dust, and the fan is working fine.


 2:29 pm on Oct 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

hmmm no SP3.... updated drivers.....clean card.

if it still keeps doing it i'd just say its getting old and calling it quits.


 7:50 pm on Oct 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

yuppyyyy.......... the troubles are back ! =(

Well, ive been told that it was taked from somewhat of a trash zone where people throw their computers in italy. It was in a PC, i think. lol, its sortof trash. I might just get throw back my old [emag.ro...] card, which came when i buyed the PC in the store, back in 2006 LOL

Thank you for your help ! :)


 2:21 am on Oct 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

yep time for that card to REALLY hit the trash!

good luck!


 5:51 pm on Oct 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

Well, few minutes ago, i lost video signal, and everytime id restart pc, it was losing signal imediately. So i finally decided to dump it and get the 128 mb one back :-\

Installing drivers right now

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