Posted 22 April 2011 - 11:28 AM
Hey guys, I can use the computer fine for regular usage but once I load up any games, I'll get a couple minutes into the game and the PC program will either
a. the program will freeze if it's in windowed mode
b. if it's in fullscreen mode, the computer will completely crash (it won't turn off or restart, just stay on a pixelated screen with distorted pixels.
I've been using this computer fine over a year now and it's just been acting up as of lately.
At first I thought it was the GPU overheating so I cleaned out the fans, heat sinks, etc. I've ran the games while monitoring the temps and it goes to around 76C before freezing/crash. At this point SpeedFan has both CPU & GPU running at 100%. When the computer is idle the temperature is around 58C. The temperature rises quickly too, from 58-76 in under a minute.
I'm not sure if it's overheating that's causing the problem though since 76C is not too hot at all. I'm running with the cover off the case right now. I've tried removing and upgrading to the latest nVidia driver but that didn't do anything either.
I'm out of ideas on this one, the PC just one day decided to give these problems so I'm thinking it might be a problem directly related to the card.
Any ideas would be great, I'm using a nVidia 8800GT.