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Wrong, most will indeed post with ot without a vid card. Just guessing or wanting something to be true wont make it happen.

Nope, not most. And the ones that do typically are servers. I could go grab a dell off a shelf right now, pull the card, and it won't post. Unless the machine has onboard graphics you're going to have issues getting it to post.

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There might be an upset in RAM or RAM slot. Replace the RAM in another slot and try.

Tried that.

As I said earlier in the topic, the system only booted normally when the video card was removed, so it's most likely the culprit - especially considering the two popped capacitors :)

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Replaced the capacitors, didn't work. The fans did function normally now, but still no display.

Bought a new AMD Radeon HD5450 PCI Express card, still constantly spinning fans.

I have unplugged everything from the system apart from the PSU, and the fans only stop spinning when the PCI Express port is empty.

I could try a second-hand PCI (non Express) card from eBay, but I don't know if I can be bothered.

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i guess that's a sign that's it not worth it and it's time to upgrade

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