So this weekend I have experienced my first graphics card failure. When booting a Dell XPS Studio 8100 desktop PC, I started getting 6 beeps and no video at all. I immediately thought about either a RAM or a motherboard failure, but after a quick search online I quickly found out that this was actually a video failure.

This machine came equipped with an ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics card, so the first thing I tried was using the onboard video on the motherboard, but once more I was getting the dreaded 6 beeps. It was only after some more digging that I found out that my configuration did not have onboard video :/

So the only option left was to replace the graphics card with a new one. The HD 5770 wasn’t the best graphics card ever made and it was quite power-hungry like other ATI cards, but it has served me well for quite a few years, even of intense use.

A couple of pictures for posterity, to remember what a beast this GPU was :D