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Caleb949

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I’m new to pc gaming and for over 3-4 months now I have been completely powering down my computer not realizing that is was basically frying it. Regardless I have asked all my friends as to what they think is the source of the problem and I have heard that it is either the graphics card, motherboard, or hard drive. I’m looking to figure out once and for all what the issued component is so I can fix it or replace it. Thank you!
 

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Hello

What do you mean exactly when you say you are powering the pc down? Have you been having issues with heat? Please provide us with your pc spec's.

@Evan Omo @Bruce
Rather than pressing my power button and allowing the computer to shut itself down, i have been holding it down, practically doing a full shutdown suddenly, heat hasn’t been much of an issue for me, as for my specs, I have a Radeon r9 270x hawk, Liqmax II 240 cooling system, amd ryzen 1500 4 core processor. As for the motherboard I’m sorta unsure, like I said I’m new to pc and didn’t personally build mine.
 

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Hi there Caleb

I'm afraid I don't understand your issue. What exactly is going on?
Rather than turning my pc off like most normal people, allowing it to shut down properly, I have been force closing it, equivalent to pulling the power cord out while it’s running. Now it’s apparent that this abrupt shut down must have taken its toll over time and I think it has basically fried my hard drive or graphics card
 
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Rather than turning my pc off like most normal people, allowing it to shut down properly, I have been force closing it,
Can you tell us why you have done this?

Now it’s apparent that this abrupt shut down must have taken its toll over time and I think it has basically fried my hard drive or graphics card
Whilst using this rather abusive shut down manner can certainly corrupt/damage the operating system and any unclosed applications, as to "frying" components it may be a different matter.

Whilst we wait for someone to assist can you please supply us a Speccy report?

Please go HERE and download the portable version of Speccy. Save it to somewhere you can find, locate the file and as it comes as a Zip file use your favorite unzip application to decompress it. Open the newly created folder and double left click Speccy.exe if you have a 32 bit system or Speccy64.exe if yours is 64bit. If you are not sure what your system is click HERE.



Speccy will open and after a short wait will display a summary of your system specs.

  1. Click on the file menu.
  2. Then click Publish snapshot.



A dialogue box will ask you to confirm, select yes.



Another dialogue box will open
  1. Click Copy to Clipboard.
  2. Then click Close.



Now that your link has been copied please paste it into your next post. It should look something like the example below:)

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/6waAHapcLrZIVPakgxXXXXXXX

BTW: once you have finished with speccy and no longer want it removing it is easy because it is a portable app with no install. Simply delete the downloaded file and folder you created when you decompressed it. Gone:thumbsup:
 

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yep, what @jmarket said, why do you think things are fried?
what errors are you getting? what's not working?
you may have lost unsaved data, or corrupted an open program when it was forced shut.

run a sfc /scannow and a chkdsk c: /r from an elevated command prompt.
worst case, you may have to do a repair install of Windows and maybe whatever app you are having issues with.
 

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yep, what @jmarket said, why do you think things are fried?
what errors are you getting? what's not working?
you may have lost unsaved data, or corrupted an open program when it was forced shut.

run a sfc /scannow and a chkdsk c: /r from an elevated command prompt.
worst case, you may have to do a repair install of Windows and maybe whatever app you are having issues with.
One day, I turned my pc off, then 10 minutes later, I turned it on and everything within the computer was working, light, fans, etc... but the display was not working and hasn’t worked ever since
 

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but the display was not working and hasn’t worked ever since
So the issue AT THE MOMENT is you have no picture on your monitor?

Have you got another monitor you can test with?

And if that does not fix the issue, to diagnose this can you take out your graphics card from your PC and then connect your monitor cable to the onboard (motherboard) graphics port and see if you can get video when you reboot?
 
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