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#1 User1715402

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Posted 12 December 2009 - 09:47 PM

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...here's my problem:

Was playing Sacred 2 and started having CTDs, lock-ups, and odd red squiggly... "artifacts" is it? Upon restart no problems occured until gamplay had resumed. Uninstalled S2 ( it wasnt running well anyway) and the problems persisted more and more frequently. Attempted to play a 3D browser MMO windowed to see how that went and it wasn't long before the red squigglies came back and the graphics went blocky in the window while the desktop stayed unnaffected. After closing the browser it was back to normative. Updated to newest 8800 drivers a minute ago, restarted, and got into the TF2 loadout menu before graphics meltdown. An actual message popped up after bringing up the task manager saying the graphics drivers were failing and to restart. I did so and here I am at BC, wondering what to do. It's safe to assume that its actually the 8800 dying at this point, or could it be a memory issue or something? I'm afraid to do anything but type here at BC.
Can provide any additional info if needed; Any advice greatly appreciated and many thanks in advance.

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 01:24 AM

is this a recent problem? did it start after updating any drivers (video card or or otherwise) or right after a windows update? my first assumption is the cards about to hit the dust, but its also possible its a driver compatibility issue. Small chance of it being a PSU, but I doubt it. Its either the card going bad, or something you updated isnt agreeing with the video card driver, or the video card driver isnt agreeing with something you updated. You might try rolling back the driver to. Does it do it when watching movies or surfing, or even after just being left on all the time doing nothing?

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 06:12 PM

It's a recent problem, to answer your question. It didnt start when I put S2 on the drive but it started shortly after I started playing it. The progresion of events I described in the first post actually went down in no more than a couple weeks time and most of that time the rig was off. I didnt really update anything or make any drastic changes during said time, it was only after the meltdown that i attempted to update the video card drivers. yesterday after this posting the system froze just being left alone, then frost instantly after restart. Nevertheless, here i am today with no obvious (to me at least) issues. Im sure if I try to play any game beyond minesweeper (maybe even that) the problems will begin again. Im going to try and play something again so I guess Ill probly be responding from a crappy laptop...

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Posted 14 December 2009 - 02:03 AM

well, then Im going to say that it is bad hardware, my guess is most likely the video card, though its possible its also the PSU. do you have another system you can try either out in, or another video card/PSU laying around that you can swap out to test? that would be what i would be tempted to do. easiest solution is to take the card out and put it into another computer, and if it does the same thing its a bad card.

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Posted 14 December 2009 - 03:20 AM

Check and make sure the card isn't overheating. Make sure the fan is still working properly and that there is no significant dust build up inside the case.
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