Monday, February 17, 2014

Dealing with Graphics Card Failures

Let’s say you own a full-on PC gaming café, offering a wide variety of latest and classic video games, be it LAN or offline. However, in a tournament that your shop has sponsored, a player complains about how his PC’s video card went caput in the midst of a highly-competitive gaming affair.

The next thing you know, he tells his friends about how crappy your PCs are, and you start losing customers. If you can’t entirely repair your defective PCs since all you know about is in the software realm, you can still depend on simple troubleshooting techniques and see what went wrong. You could then apply a temporary remedy until professional help is available.
First, check if the graphics card is unusually loud. A noisy card means that it is about to retire. Often, the noise is caused by dust. Dirt affects card temperature, and the hotter it gets when it is heavily-used, the shorter the card’s life span will be.
Moreover, remember that the latest video games today require much more powerful graphics cards. Running such games on outdated graphics cards could be risky. Older, incompatible ones will obviously struggle, indicated by too much lag or color fluctuations on the monitor.
After applying basic remedies and still your PCs won’t display good quality video, it is time to call in a professional who knows the ins and outs of a computer’s graphics processing unit (GPU).

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