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Graphics Card Problem... Again


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#1 Sterling14

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 06:19 PM

I RMA'ed my Diamond, ATI Radeon x1300 PCI graphics about three weeks ago because I kept having a problem. The problem was that periodically, while playing games, it seemed as if the card would just freeze up and not display anything. Also, My monitor goes into power save mode. To be more specific, I would be playing a game and all of a sudden nothing moves (not even my cursor) and then my display goes away. I know the whole computer isn't locking up because I can still hear sounds from the game or music playing using Itunes still plays fine without skipping at all.

I tried many things and thought that I might have killed the card by overclocking it. So when I received my new one, it worked, but am still getting this problem (much less frequently now though). I don't overclock anymore either. Also, I do not have this problem while using integrated graphics. Any suggestions please? A couple months ago I made a similar post, but thought I should make a new one.

Solutions I have tried, that didn't work at all:

-New power supply (400 watt, 18A on 12v rail)

-Omega Drivers

-Older ATI Drivers (currently have 7.3) I used driver cleaner pro after deleting older drivers .

-Disabling/uninstalling integrated graphics drivers.

-RMA for new graphics card.

I know theres more, but I can't think of all of them :thumbsup: . Thanks for at least attempting to read this post, I realize its fairly long.
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Posted 04 April 2007 - 07:37 PM

Can I suggest for all the games you play are the processor and ram that you have installed on your computer the best that you possible can install on your motherboard. Sometimes for these games its not just the video card that need to be good. Hope this helps at all

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 07:51 PM

Thanks for the reply! My motherboard is old, so it uses socket 478 processor and DDR ram. I have a pentium 4 2.8Ghz processor and 1gb (2x512mb) DDR 400 ram.

My computer doesn't have this problem though while using my integrated graphics.
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Posted 04 April 2007 - 08:11 PM

True while using all the intergrated parts the computer seems to run perfectly you throw an off balanced graphics card(better than the rest of the hardware) and it might possibly throw everything else off, maybe, maybe not just trying to help. Its hardware computers are electronics what can we say sometimes they just don't work like we want them too lol.

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 08:34 PM

Actually now that I think about it, when I first started having this problem was when I installed new ram and a DVD burner. Originally I had two sticks of 256mb 400mhz DDR (Original stuff that came with my Dell computer). Then I upgraded to two sticks of 512mb DDR 400mhz Wintec Ampo brand. My graphics card was working fine for about 2 months until the day I installed this ram and DVD burner.

Another thing I'll add is I left my case open one night (at a lan and had to put lights up someway) and played games all night without it doing this. My graphics/motherboard can't tell the temp of my graphics card.
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Posted 05 April 2007 - 06:55 AM

Lot's of issues but no clear solution - so I'm shooting blind here. :thumbsup:

Try testing your memory first. Here's a free tester that you can burn the ISO to a CD and boot from it (or a floppy if you still have one): http://www.memtest86.com/

Let the test run for at least 2 or 3 passes (overnight is better).

Next, try using your computer with the case side off (be careful!) and see if that stops the problem. If it does, then it's likely that heat is the issue. Check to ensure that the fan on the video card is working.

Try disconnecting the DVD burner (both the flat cable and the power dongle) to see if that fixes it.

Reset everything to default while testing - nothing should be tweaked/overclocked while you're testing.
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