My PC specs:
- Intel Core i5 2400
- Intel DH61WW Motherboard
- 4 GB RAM
- 500 W Gigabyte PSU
- XFX GeForce GTS 250
- Windows 7 Ultimate
- Custom make, bought on July 2011 except the graphics card, which I bought 2 years ago
Well, it's a mid range gaming PC and I play games a lot. The PC and monitor are connected to a UPS.
Yesterday I was playing Skyrim. Just crossed 52 hours of gameplay. Suddenly it crashed. It happened once before and Skyrim is known to be full of bugs despite I'm playing 1.3 patch. I restarted the game.
After playing about 1-2 minutes, my monitor goes dark. At first I though there was a power loss somehow. But the power indicator was turned on. The monitor goes to stand by mode after showing a message that it is no longer getting any video signal.
I was able to run the computer using build in video adapter. Then after 30 minutes of trial and error, I found that the PC is no longer detecting the graphics card. I checked the power supply to the graphics card, the fan was spinning. I plugged off the card, removed dust from it, plugged it in, connected the power supply, found the fan spinning but the BIOS confirmed that there is nothing in the PCIe slot. The board only has one PCIe slot.
I don't have another PC to test the card, nor do I have anything to test the PCIe slot itself. The only thing I can do is to take the PC to my vendor.
Before taking it to my vendor, is there anything else I can try? I can't do much with the hardware, but want to try some software that may tell me whether the graphics card or the PCIe slot is damaged or something else happened.