Posted 06 February 2011 - 06:47 PM
Recently my GPU has started acting up (or I believe it's the GPU). My computer runs fine except when I play any games, usually I get around 2 minutes into any game and then the screen starts flickering, dots everywhere, change of color, the models becoming distorted, etc. It then proceeds to either saying "Lost Signal" on the monitor or blue screens, or just crashes and has me restarting the PC.
The first thing I thought was that the card was over-heating, well I cleaned the card up, fan, dust, etc, put it back in, tried running it with the case open, etc. The card isn't really hot at all when it crashes so I doubt that's the problem. I've tried reinstalling the driver, updating, using previous versions of the driver but it still causes the problem. The card I am using is the nVidia 8800 GT. I've never had any problems with the card before and it's been well over two years. Just started around a week or so ago.
I'm running on Windows 7 Ultimate with 4GB Ram, Intel Core2Duo E8400 @ 3.0 GHZ on a ASUS P5N-E SLI. I've also checked for a bios update but there hasn't been any.
It's not just any single game, it's any game I run, no matter the system requirements, my computer will crash or something happens within 2 minutes. Sometimes sooner or almost instantly. Also one time the game itself shut off and told me that "My driver may be out of date, etc, etc, please update" which leads me back to the point of believing that the problem is with the GPU. Thanks for reading and I appreciate any help guys!