Thursday: 27.October.2005

AGP Graphics card died

My dang gfx card died today. I have (had) the Radeon 9600 (AGP). Got the message:

VPU Recover has reset your graphic accelerator as it was no longer responding to graphic driver commands. VPU Recover was unable to recover from a hardware deadlock and has switched to software rendering. To restore hardware rendering you must restart your computer.

Upon subsequent reboot, I got dreaded blue-screen-of-death. Forget the exact words, but in essence it said my gfx card was likely dead, and referred to a file used by the gfx card (ati...).

continued

Yanked the case cover to peek at the card. Pretty dusty. Maybe the fan on the chip-cooler quit running.

Fortunately, I keep a PCI gfx card handy .. for times like these. Popped out the old-dead-dusty-AGP, popped in the shiny-new-PCI. Took a little finagling to get the system to to realize we had switched from AGP to PCI video. I also made this change in the mobo BIOS.

Anyway, I'm back up & running. I hate when things die. But at least I knew what component to replace. The worst is when you don't know what is causing the problem.

For more info along these lines, here is a Google search pre=configured for the query: dead graphics card





Posted by Rad at October 27, 2005 10:38 AM

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