Troubleshooting the Video Card

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One of the components of a computer that can bring the most amount of irritation is the video card. This is simply because if you can’t see anything properly then you would not even have the chance to repair it on your own and this frustration can result in some serious hair pulling or damage to other computer components like the mouse (many a mice have I damaged because I’d throw it in frustration over a faulty monitor or video card).Some of the more common problems with video cards come from unwieldy IRQs and bad drivers. One of the words problems though is a badly tweaked video card that inadvertently overdrives the monitor because this can irreparably damage the monitor.

Other common problems that can be traced back to the video card are faulty refresh rates, resolutions and color depth settings that are just out of whack. But these are problems that can be remedied quite easily. All one needs to do is to go the control panel in Windows to tweak the settings and it usually solves the problem. Another option would be to buy a monitor that would support the native settings of the video card.

How can one tell if the video card is giving a lot of problems to the system? Here are some of the symptoms:

* The image on the monitor appear scrambled or distorted

* Images look shrunken or there is a double or even triple image

* You hear a high pitched whine from the monitor, one of the most obvious symptoms of a bad problem

* The screen turns blank

If you manage to rectify the problem at an early stage then there is a good chance that no permanent damage has been done to your system.