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Old 01-28-11, 04:04 PM   #1
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Default Failure in video system

Sometimes, instead of shutting down the entire system on my bedroom computer, which is attached to an HDTV, I just shutoff the TV, leaving the computer running. That normally works fine, but last night it didn't. When I turned on the TV, instead of returning to a normal display of the desktop, all that I got were audio and video static.

It was late and I didn't feel like messing with it, so I shutdown both the TV and computer. When I just turned them back on, the moment that I touched the power switch on the computer, I got 1 long and 2 short BIOS beeps, which I found were for the problem of the thread title, and the description was

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An error was encountered in the video BIOS ROM, or a horizontal retrace failure has been encountered
However, it continued to desktop, and the TV is displaying it as always. It has been a very long time since I used it, but I thought that I might try benching the system with one of Futuremarks program's"

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But I had no idea which it should be? It appears that the primary difference is based on which DX version it is designed for, but the highest that I saw was only DX10, and nothing for DX11 as I would have thought. Would running a bench on the card be of any use diagnosing the problem it is having, or would that be a waste of money?
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Well it would be a waste of time download 3DMark Vantage to diagnostic the problem. I searched internet about the error message, it mean that the videocard is faulty. Try remove the vidoecard and clean it, reseat it to see if the problem go away. If problem still occur then you will need to RMA if it still under the warranty.
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I haven't had the time to pull the card and clean it, but I did restart (no beeps), and shutdown and restart (beeps as before), yet the desktop still displays as always.

If the problem is the video BIOS ROM, would it still display in this fashion? The other possibility mentioned in the error description is a failure in the horizontal trace, but from what I Googled, that means the same as the raster scan, and in like fashion, it would seem that it wouldn't display properly if that were the problem either.

The card is not under warranty, and I'm not inclined to replace it until it is broken, but if the video BIOS RAM is the issue, would that effect normal operations in some other fashion?
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Take the card out, clean it from all dust, reset it and try that. Have you ran any games to see if it will even do that?
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