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Graphic Card Problem (?), Unable to play games


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#1 Gammon200

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 08:32 PM

Graphic Card: GeForce 8800 GT

The Event: On Tuesday (12th), I turned off my computer. No problems with my computer that day. But the next day (Wednesday, 13th), I tried to hop onto one of my games and I found out I had a problem.

Problem:

- Seems only to affect games. I can run through my desktop icons/youtube videos without any problems. Two examples of where I'm unable to play are: Rome Total War, ARMA II. I can still play games like Dwarf Fortress.

- After getting to the main menu of a game, the screen freezes and distorts a bit into something that reminds me of poor photoshop work. I can't do anything. Cntrl-Alt-Delete doesn't do anything, and the only way to escape the freeze is through a forced shut down.

Other Notes: Now I'm not exactly a tech junkie. I wish I was, then I could solve this problem. So If I'm not giving enough information, say so and I'll try to do my best to explain/get said information. But be easy on me! If you ask for me to do something fancy, please explain :(

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 08:52 PM

Looks like overheating. Please post a full screenshot of HW Monitor then post it in the next reply.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 13 April 2011 - 09:26 PM

Alright, here it is if, for better or worse.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 09:42 PM

Your graphics card is running pretty hot, is that when that idle or load temperatures?

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 13 April 2011 - 09:47 PM

I believe it's idle. I only had that program up, a few internet tabs and MSN up when I took the picture.

EDIT: I'll get another picture of its temp when I get home and first turn it on. I'll proceed to post it here. Feel free to respond until then :)

Edited by Gammon200, 13 April 2011 - 10:06 PM.


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Posted 13 April 2011 - 10:07 PM

I always seemed to have problems with my video cards when they went beyond 80 'C on load. If you're idling around 77, that's not a good sign. How dusty is the graphics card? I try to blow out the underside every now and then.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 10:23 PM

Also it depends on case too if there is enough cool air coming in.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 14 April 2011 - 04:48 PM

Just starting up my computer, I took this snapshot:

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After some time of running my computer, I took this snapshot:

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A few hours after the second image. Still only have a few tabs up, and not doing anything with my computer. Just playing XBOX.

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I also used compressed air to clean out my computer/graphic card out a bit. It wasn't much dust, but I still tried. No luck :v

So overheating could be stopping me from playing games?

Edited by Gammon200, 14 April 2011 - 06:30 PM.


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Posted 14 April 2011 - 06:35 PM

The graphics card temperature just constantly increases. What we can do is increase the fan speed of the GPU to 100% which is gonna be pretty darn loud if you don't mind that noise. RivaTuner is good program to use to adjust the fan speed.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 14 April 2011 - 06:46 PM

How would I go about changing my fan speed with this program? I'm lost, lol

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 12:58 AM

I am not a experienced user but this guide will help you. Do the Nvidia section but don't worry about the overclocking part just do the parts about the adjusting the fan speed.

Edited by killerx525, 15 April 2011 - 01:01 AM.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 24 April 2011 - 09:07 PM

Alright! Sorry for the poofing.Well, I tried the fan thing. It worked for a bit. Now, I wasn't able to play any games, really, but I was at least able to play some flash games/etc. But even that eventually cut out on me. Finally I took my paycheck and finally purchased myself a new graphic card. Better than my previous one, actually (Radeon HD 5750), and everything works perfectly. I kept the old one just in case.

Thank you for your help :) But it appears it was a mechanical problem, not a technical one that could be fixed with options.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 07:03 AM

Good to hear and the 5750 is a good card.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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