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Geforce 8300 Gs Graphics Card Failed On Dell Inspiron 530


I have a dell inspirion 530 with windows 7 ultimate installed. Recently the original graphics card failed (128 mb geforce 8300gs). As mentioned in that post i did cobble together an old fan onto that old graphics card which worked for quite a while. I also purchased a 512 mb ddr3 geforce 8400gs as a replacement had that ready if needed. My cobbled card finally went south again so i shut down and carefully installed that card (the new nvidea 512 mb geforce 8400 gs).

The first "post install" start-up showed the normal "starting windows" logo: the floating balls coming together as the pulsing windows logo - all in the normal high resolution. Then it all switched into low resolution and finally opened windows "as if in safe mode", appearing to be using only the standard vga graphics adaptor.

I opened the installation cd that came with the graphics card and read the installation manual. I then clicked autorun and installed everything that came up. Opted for the "clean install" and though everything took quite a long time, the installation appeared to proceed normally. I was then asked to restart to complete the installation, agreed, windows shut down and began to restart.

Everything on that boot-up appeared normal at first, i saw the dell logo, heard the first post "beep", boot screen showed "starting windows in 5 seconds, counted down, screen went black for a second (also as usual), then it started with dell logo again. This endless loop is all that happens; f8 has no effect at all so i can't even boot into safe mode now.


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