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27 August 2008 @ 02:35 pm
So it's working, but...  
... I can't play video.

I'm starting to think that there is something wrong with my video card itself.  After all seemed right once I installed that other video driver, I decided to see if there would be any problems playing video. I tried WMM, WMP, and PowerDVD.  Each time whenever I tried to play video, the screen started going out again, and finally it changed to an all solid color (usually blue).  And it stayed there. I couldn't even do ctrl+alt+delete to get rid of it. I had to manually shut the computer down, then restart it.  Tried it two more times, same thing happened. It seems like any video program will cause this.

I did as much research as I could and I can't find a way to solve this.  I noticed also that sometimes the fan in the computer runs very high - you can hear it like it's running very fast and it's quite loud sometimes. Like it's overheating. It's not hot in my home office, especially not lately, so I don't know what's going on with it.

Talked to my dad about it and we have a few options.  We're probably going to take the back and sides off and examine the video card. If it's really hot to touch, it's probably on its way out. It's totally shot if the capacitors are blown (i.e. look swollen and have stuff leaking from them).  In either case I'd invest in a new video card.  Another option is to see what condition it's in after we take the back and sides off. A tech guy we hired to fix our computers at work said that sometimes the computer can get dusty and that can cause problems over time.

So for now I can't watch video.  Which means that I won't be able to watch SPN eps on DVD with you guys during your chat tomorrow, meg_tdj  :(  Unless I watch them on my laptop, but it'd be kinda awkward going back and forth from the laptop to the desktop.  And I still don't have my laptop set up to go online. 

It also means I can't make screencaps for my picspams on this computer. Luckily I have WinDVD on my laptop, so I could still use that. I wasn't sure if it would work given my laptop is almost 7 years old now, but I tried it out last night and it seems fine.  So I should be able to cap the last two eps of season 3 this weekend ... which means that I should be able to have the picspams all wrapped up by next week.

So I guess all is not lost.  Just have to solve the case of the ornery video card. I'm glad my computer is working fine otherwise.

In other news, won't be around much tomorrow because I have to go for a training session at this lab where I'm doing some field work. Have to leave very early in the morning, ugh. Hopefully it won't be an all day thing.  Can't believe I'm ready for the weekend already.

Hope you're all doing well today. :)  *hugs*
Current Mood: okayokay
MegTDJ: Jared Cures All - misty_createsmeg_tdj on August 27th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Aww, that really sucks. Don't worry about tomorrow, though. There won't be a chat anyway. I've been way too busy for them lately. *hugs*
jessm78: Sam/Dean hug from Mystery Spotjessm78 on August 27th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks. :) I'm hoping it won't take much to get it working again. And thanks for letting me know! *hugs*
Tanja: Puppy Listenangels_cordy on August 27th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
Ohh noooooooo *sigh*
I really hope you that you can make it work again!!
My computer does strange things too *loooooool*
but even if I would take the back off I have noo idea what I would have to do *loooool*
However I am sure you and your dad can manage this.
*has fingers crossed*
jessm78: Sam/Dean hug from Mystery Spotjessm78 on August 28th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks, me too! I think my computer is possessed. I need Sammy to come and help me exorcise it, lol

You should have him do that for you too *grin*

I am thinking it is the video card. This weekend we're going to take a look at it. Hopefully that's all it is!