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[Solved] Advice needed re video card or monitor problem

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[Solved] Advice needed re video card or monitor problem


Post by joegum » Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:53 am

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$  inxi -F
System:    Host: mx1 Kernel: 4.7.0-0.bpo.1-amd64 x86_64 (6
4 bit)
           Desktop: N/A
           Distro: MX-16_x64 Metamorphosis 12 December 201
Machine:   Device: desktop System: eMachines product: ET13
           Mobo: eMachines model: MCP61PM-GM
           BIOS: AMI v: P01-A0 date: 08/13/2009
CPU:       Dual core AMD Athlon II X2 235e (-MCP-) cache:
2048 KB
           clock speeds: max: 2700 MHz 1: 1900 MHz
           2: 1500 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA C61 [GeForce 6150SE nForce 430]
           Display Server: X.Org 1.16.4 drivers: nvidia (u
nloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa,nouveau)
           Resolution: 1024x768@70.07hz
           GLX Renderer: GeForce 6150SE nForce 430/integra
           GLX Version: 2.1.2 NVIDIA 304.135
Audio:     Card NVIDIA MCP61 High Definition Audio
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: ALSA v: k4.7.0-0.bpo.1-amd64
Network:   Card: NVIDIA MCP61 Ethernet driver: forcedeth
           IF: eth0 state: up speed: 10 Mbps duplex: half
           mac: 00:25:11:57:a4:cd
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 750.2GB (47.6% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST3750528AS size: 750.2GB

           ID-1: / size: 34G used: 6.6G (21%) fs: ext4 dev                                : /dev/sda1
           ID-2: /home size: 651G used: 323G (53%) fs: ext                                4 dev: /dev/sda3
           ID-3: swap-1 size: 4.19GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs:                                 swap dev: /dev/sda2
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 21.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 199 Uptime: 5:57 Memory: 1319.3/5719                                .7MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.8

I'm having video problems on my old eMachine.

I "believe" i was using the vesa driver with my old NVidia card. Somewhere along the way, I "think" it must have changed back to the nv driver. But, that was OK. Things seemed to be working OK.

After a while, the auto-adjust settings would just appear for no reason on my screen. Then after a minute or so, the screen would go black. When the screen would go black, the illuminated Power button would go black, too.

So, I used NVidia installer to install the legacy proprietary driver. Reboot.

Next, the screen would just go black with no auto-adjust showing first. The Power button would turn off. When I would press the power button, nothing would happen. The screen would remain black and the power button would not light up.

However, if I pressed the Auto-adjust button twice, the screen would turn back on for a few minutes before going dark again.

I went to NVidia XServer Settings. The resolution was on Auto. I changed it to 70Hz and the screen blackouts seem to have stopped.

I never needed to do this before. I have had the PC for a long time. I always allowed the default "auto" setting for frequency.

I suspect that something is beginning to fail on my system, because of the change in behavior.

My question is:
Is it most likely the monitor that is going?
Or, is it most likely the video card?

Thanks. :)
Last edited by joegum on Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:19 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Advice needed re video card or monitor problem


Post by Gordon Cooper » Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:08 am

HI Joe,
I too am running a system with a 2009 mobo, it is behaving. Looking at your symptoms, it is doubtful that the monitor is failing. Looks more like a problem
in the nuts and bolts of the computer.
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Re: Advice needed re video card or monitor problem


Post by joegum » Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:13 am

Thanks Gordon,

I was going to go out and buy a new monitor. So now I know it's the video card.

Time for another PC.

-Joe :)

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