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    Re: PC Hardware, Building, and Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by benelori View Post
    I'm interested in what was the problem too...please keep us updated...to me it seems like this is pure software problem, but I might be wrong, I never encountered such a problem before...
    The problem occurred right after Windows 8.1 was installed which suggests it was a software problem but the video card doesn't work at all, the system doesn't even show the BIOS screen which seems to be a hardware problem, it's indeed a very interesting case.

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    Re: PC Hardware, Building, and Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by benelori View Post
    It starts faster, because windows 8 doesn't let your PC shut down properly in the first place...it's in a hybrid sleep/hibernate mode, so that the data gets loaded faster on boot...just take out that option, and see how much beefier win8 actually is ...
    Could be but it's 4-5 seconds to get from pushing the power button to the desktop, however it achieves such a thing, I can't go back from that.

    Quote Originally Posted by benelori View Post
    Aren't you using separate drives for your data on the PC...because that way you could just have a clean install without losing info, and your win8 stuff will be put in a windows.old folder
    No, but I keep most of the important stuff on externals. The reason I don't want to do it has more to do with game and program re-installs, hunting down passwords I've long forgotten, and remodding Skyrim back to the way I like it. All that will eat up days worth of time for me. Which is why I went for new vid card first. That takes about a minute.

    Quote Originally Posted by benelori View Post
    What I know, and perhaps this won't be of any help...but the nvidia control panel gives you options as to what graphics adapter you want to use for different applications...perhaps playing around a bit that might help...I dunno
    Sadly, if that were possible that would require Nvidia drivers, integrated GPU is AMD Radeon. And I can't install those without the graphics card being in.

    Quote Originally Posted by benelori View Post
    I'm interested in what was the problem too...please keep us updated...to me it seems like this is pure software problem, but I might be wrong, I never encountered such a problem before...
    Yeah, I'll definitely post an update after my vid card arrives, probably late tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miyagi View Post
    The problem occurred right after Windows 8.1 was installed which suggests it was a software problem but the video card doesn't work at all, the system doesn't even show the BIOS screen which seems to be a hardware problem, it's indeed a very interesting case.
    Yeah, at this point. I'm almost hoping it's hardware. Because a burnt out video card I can understand, and would look exactly like this, even if the timing seems kinda crazy.

    The only other option I can think of is if it's a bizarre extension of the windows 8 issue where Nvidia based cards make the default monitor one that doesn't exist . Because that issue looks much the same as this, with no signal to the monitor at any stage of startup, and for some reason just isn't detecting new monitors anymore due to whatever driver issues are going on.

    I suppose, it's possible Knifeshade could be right and it could be a chipset incompatibility but to be honest that goes beyond my computer knowledge. And the motherboard in my computer is a pretty common one, as it's part of a prebuilt Best Buy rig. So there are a lot of similar rigs out there, so logically if this was caused by a chipset issue with that motherboard you'd think I'd have been able to find support conversations about similar problems all over the place wouldn't you?

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    Update

    Just plugged in the new graphics card. and...it worked.

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    Amen tot hat brother.
    Finally, grats man!!


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    Re: PC Hardware, Building, and Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie View Post


    Amen tot hat brother.
    Finally, grats man!!
    Thanks. Looks like whatever was going on was the graphics card. The new one worked just like you'd expect.

    With my graphics card came a AMD Bronce Reward code that expires Dec 31st. Which basically gives you a free game (Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon; Sleeping Dogs, Dues Ex, or Dirt 3.) but I've played everything but Dirt 3 which I have no interest in.

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    Re: PC Hardware, Building, and Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Jammin View Post
    Thanks. Looks like whatever was going on was the graphics card. The new one worked just like you'd expect.

    With my graphics card came a AMD Bronce Reward code that expires Dec 31st. Which basically gives you a free game (Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon; Sleeping Dogs, Dues Ex, or Dirt 3.) but I've played everything but Dirt 3 which I have no interest in.

    Anybody want it?
    If you still have it then deus ex please for me ...is it the updated version or the old one?

    Aaanyways...congratz congratz...a new vid card is always good, and you will be able to enjoy Witcher 3 to its fullest ...

    I wish I could do that *sigh

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    I was looking at Newegg for a hard drive but happened to stumble across this: I don't know about you, but the name is UNFORTUNATE to me.

    Laugh my brothers! Laugh!

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    Re: PC Hardware, Building, and Advice

    Yo! I am looking for a decent laptop in the 500-650 price range. Any thoughts? I have scoured google and amazon but I have not really found one I am comfortable with.... I was hoping to be able to find one with at least HHD+SSD....

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    Re: PC Hardware, Building, and Advice

    These two:

    Lenovo Ideapad U510 - $600

    Dell 15z Ultrabook (plus sleeve case) - $614

    The Lenovo has the better specs, but I'd probably give the edge to the Dell, because it has better after-sale support.
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