Originally Posted by emosun
Have you trouble shoot every other possibility? It's not normal for contacts to wear off , I have some very old cards that have been moved several times and they still have all their contacts.
Are you trying to install this card into this machine? Was it already installed?
I believe I have covered every other possibility, although I am always open to retracing the steps in my logic. But I definitely see where you are coming from with not having the contacts come off even old cards - I haven't either. The computer I'm working on is a Dell Dimension 8400 that has been sitting in the owner's garage for a couple of years. He decided he wanted it fixed up for his granddaughter, and that's where I come into the story. When I powered on the computer, it seemed to work fine. When I closed up the tower, the screen was black. After powering off/on a few more times, I started to just get the single line of text "P/N 109-A32100". There is a six-character phrase just before that, but I do not know it off hand.
Later, I pulled the video card and happened to notice two things. The first was the fact that two of the gold contact plates were worn off by about 25% (I recently looked at them and can clearly see that there is about 75% of the plate left on both). The second thing was that the text which appeared on my boot screen is the very part # printed on the under side of the video card. That was when I though I should try to fix the card while I wait for the new one to come in the mail.