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My power supply fan had a click in it, so I changed power supplies, and now I'm not getting anything on the screen. It's black. I have a video card. and I tried the mobo video, but I'm not getting anything.

When I changed the power supply, while I was removing the "small square" plug, my finger inadvertently moved one of the "knobs--transistors?" It didn't break it off, it simply moved it slightly to the side. I pushed it back in place. That could have damaged something.

I'm not a gamer, so what do I need in a video card? What kind of a price should I be paying? I've been getting video cards at around 50 bucks. What does a 200 buck card do that a 50 doesn't?

Thanks,

Xico:D

The card I have in there now is Gold Edition Raedon 9200 SE 128MB VGA/ VO

And what's the difference between a 512 MB and a 128MB--besides numbers?
 

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If you're not a gamer, you don't really need anything in a video card.. If you watch 1080p HD movies, then you need some performance, but for other casual uses, you just need to make sure it is compatible with your system (right slot, enough power) and has the outputs that you need (VGA, DVI, S-Video, HDMI?) Something like this if you have a PCI-E 16x slot: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125251 If you want to be sure that you have enough graphics processing power for a few games, and for the very, very high resolution movies (even 720p could require a bit more than the 4350), then get something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814141081

Small square plug... 2x2 pins? And the cap you bent was on the motherboard? Pretty much always such sudden loss of video signal points out something else than a broken graphics card...
 

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If you're not a gamer, you don't really need anything in a video card.. If you watch 1080p HD movies, then you need some performance, but for other casual uses, you just need to make sure it is compatible with your system (right slot, enough power) and has the outputs that you need (VGA, DVI, S-Video, HDMI?) Something like this if you have a PCI-E 16x slot: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125251 If you want to be sure that you have enough graphics processing power for a few games, and for the very, very high resolution movies (even 720p could require a bit more than the 4350), then get something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814141081

Small square plug... 2x2 pins? And the cap you bent was on the motherboard? Pretty much always such sudden loss of video signal points out something else than a broken graphics card...
Okay! :eek: I fixed it. I had to tighten up the screw on the monitor plug going to the graphics card--and then it came on. The Golden edition is a 128MB card that give me from an 8 bit to a 32 bit? graphics--okay, but just okay. I'm going to get a better card. I put my better cards in my kids computers when they needed them, and got stuck with this one. Oh, well!

Thanks, BG! You helped a lot. I won't waste my money on an expensive card. :up::D
 
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