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#1 Magdalena

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 03:12 PM

As of the last few days my computer screen will black out then instantly come back in an extremely distorted version of itself. Colors are all off and mostly red, black and a few other colors, screen is scrambled and only as of today (this being the third time its done it) did I notice audio becoming distorted as well (of course it may have been that way every time and I didn't notice). Each time I've restarted my computer from the tower and it will boot and restart like nothing happened. Every time it has occurred I've been running World of Warcraft at least and today was running that and Youtube.

Wondering what should be my first steps to figuring out what's causing it.

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 10:50 PM

Download, and install SpeedFan: http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php
Post your computer temperatures:

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Provide processor info (hold Windows logo key, and hit Pause/Break key to find out).

Post two sets of results, while computer idle and while playing a game.

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 11:45 AM

Processor:
AMD Atholon™ 64 X2 Dual
Core Processor 6000+
3.11 GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103272
Memory:
3.25 GB of RAM (running - 4 GB installed)

If you need any other computer specs just let me know.

First Fan Readings Idle
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First Fan Readings In Game
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Posted 21 October 2010 - 12:20 PM

Highest I've seen it running so far in Game
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Posted 21 October 2010 - 09:51 PM

Something is hot there.
SpeedFan is not always clear with its report, so...

Download System Information for Windows
No installation required.

After it scans your computer, navigate to Hardware>Sensors and post all info from there.

Again, post two sets of numbers.

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 10:16 PM

I'm not seeing the download for the link posted above. Only download I'm finding is a purchasable one only. Is that the one you mean and is there not a freeware version??

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 10:38 PM

Hmmm....

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 11:39 AM

Oh thats a download for Lansweeper which is just an advertisement on the website. If you click on it the description for it is:
"Lansweeper is an automated network discovery and asset management tool which scans all your computers and devices and displays them in an easy accessible web interface."

I'm confused to how that will help :|
Sorry if I'm being a pain.

Edited by Magdalena, 22 October 2010 - 11:41 AM.


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Posted 22 October 2010 - 01:06 PM

http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html

scroll to bottom of page where it says "freeware"

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 05:54 PM

Thanks k988 :thumbsup:
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Posted 03 February 2011 - 07:08 PM

Fan readings with SIW

First reading done right on initial startup
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Second reading done after 30 min of game time
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Should have a second set of readings by tonight.

Won't let me post more pictures due to the amount i've already uploaded...

But two readings that seem to change the most are the GPU readings - a min of 51 degrees and hit a maximum during game-time of 83 degrees and Core #1 reading at 42 degrees min and 72 degrees maximum.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 07:31 PM

You're definitely overheating.
Max temp for your processor is listed at 64C.
You're reaching 64-65C while playing games.

I suggest, you start with cleaning inside the case, using a can of compressed air (nothing else!).

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 12:20 PM

Well I had attempted to clean it out before with compressed air but this time I was ALOT more thorough. I did take it a step farther and removed my heatsink and cleaned it really well (several dust bunnies hiding from the compressed air) and reseated it with new thermal grease.

Readings show the minimum and maximum and screenshot was taken during game play.
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 12:28 PM

Well it just shut down on me again even though none of the temperatures were high like they've been before.

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 12:37 PM

Are you getting any error messages, when it shuts down, or after restarting?

My next suspect would be a power supply.
What do you have there?

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