Video card testing
Video Card Testing Process overview
Video card testing consists of checking the card to make sure that it has a decent ammount of memory, and to see if it auto-configures to a reasonable resolution
Plug the card to be tested into the appropriate system. (the near system is for AGP cards, the second system is for PCI-E). It's probably easiest if you plug the video cable into the card before plugging the card into the computer.
Make sure that the Keyboard/Video switch is set to the proper setting (A or B .. The switch ID is marked on the plugs).
Turn on the computer and, when the system boots into the menu, choose 'boot from ______ Live CD'.
Wait while the CD boots, and then choose Applications -> accessories -> Terminal
This will have you viewing the X-windows log. Then type:
This will find the line indicating the amount of RAM that the card has. If it's 16MB or more, then write this on a piece of tape, and tape it to the card (when you remove the card after shutting down)..
If the card has a low resolution less than 1024/768, then the card should get a yellow dot.
If the card has a higher resolution, then it should get a green dot, in addition to marking the memory size.
If the display looks corrupt, or the card has less than 16MB of ram, then it should get marked with a big 'X' and sent for recycling.
Good cards should be placed in an appropriately marked box with bubble-wrap or anti-static bags between each layer.
Initial Sort (ignore this line and below)
- Busted stuff - Scrap
- Anything ISA - Scrap unless classified as "Everything else"
- Sound cards
- Video cards (VGA cards)
- Network interface cards (NICs)
- USB cards
- Wireless cards
- TV tuner cards
- Everything else - put in advanced sorting
- ISA - Scrap (unless it has 4 phone plugs)
- 3Com - Keep
- Everything else - Scrap. Here's a list (if in doubt):
- Cirrus Logic
- Smart Link