Posted 22 August 2010 - 07:12 PM
For the past week I have been having what appears to be graphics related problems. While I was playing WoW I suddenly got a screen flicker, then seconds later my screen froze and artifacts appeared. I did a hard reboot and noticed that I was getting what appeared to be numerous "apostrophes" (my best explanation) during my BIOS boot screen. Upon getting into Windows I noticed that my graphics card wasn't working and that I had red dots all over my screen.
I took numerous steps as to figure out what the problem was; I physically took apart my computer and air cleaned it, I reinstalled video drivers, I ran a memory test on both sticks of ram, reset my BIOS, I checked for overheating (found no problems), and I reset my graphics card numerous times. There are two things I have yet to try, which are testing a second graphics card and checking to see if my power supply is faulty. The one thing that has been boggling me is that the problem has fixed itself temporarily about five times. I have been unable to recreate the fix (if it even is a fix).
Right now my system seems to be running stable. I am even able to run games for hours without any problems, but as this has happened a few times, I am waiting for the problems to show up again. Yesterday I did notice that when I tried to get into my BIOS setup my screen would go black, but I was still able to navigate through the BIOS with my keyboard; I was able to save changes and exit which in turn rebooted my computer allowing me to see the screen again. One thing I did notice recently is that a folder named "vcs5BGEffects" is now on my C:\ drive, and from googling it I saw nothing good. Where should I start? What info do you need? Any suggestions?