That is, until I was playing a game and the screen went black. I powered down and waited a few minutes, then turned the PC on again... The screen stayed black, but I heard the windows startup sound after a few minutes. So I restarted again, same thing.
Then I shut it down again, moved the monitor cable to the onboard VGA port, and removed the 9600XT. When I restarted this time I got a god awful sort of buzzing/alarm that sounded like it was coming from the AGP slot. Windows started normally, visible on the onboard VGA, but the buzzing kept going.
So, I restarted and went into the BIOS and chose "Load Failsafe Defaults". The buzzing stopped and everything is now working fine using the onboard VGA.
My question is, is my 9600XT dead? I haven't tried reinstalling it yet, I just thought I'd see if these signs pointed to a dead graphics card.
If it is dead, what graphics card should I get now? It has to be an AGP (if I knew my graphics card was going to die so soon after getting a new mobo, I'd have got PCI-express ), I don't care if it's ATI or Nvidia.
Edit: Tried reinstalling, no luck. The screen is still black, but I can't hear windows start any more. The fan on the card still works, though. How can I tell if it's dead?
Edited by LazerFish, 24 September 2006 - 07:20 PM.