Possible Graphics card problem

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  1. Tiffster

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    Hi all, About 2 months ago I updated to an NVidia GTX465 1gig PCIexpress.
    Now I think it maybe developing a fault but I need some kind of software to test it, I have tried a few different progs but they just turned out to be rubbish, one of them give me a frame rate of 944 (mad)...
    The problems are: sometimes it will sort of give me lines across the screen and other times I get a blue screen of death (usually when playing Black ops)
    but the blue screen does not give me any error codes...Also occasionally I just get a black screen and the monitor turns itself off.

    I can't really understand it because it does not happen all the time, sometimes I can play Black Ops for a couple of days with no problems, but then bang...blue screen.
    So if any of you can point me in the right direction of some software that will test my card to breaking point I will be eternally greatful. Or if you know what might be wrong with this card or my system can you please let me know.
    Thanks,
    Tiffster.......

    System specs: Pentium 3gig dual core, 4gig OCZ Gold 800 memory, Asus P5N-D SLI Motherboard, 570watt PSU. Windows Vista Ultimate x64.
     
  2. Mr Incredible

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    Could be an overheating problem. Install something like SpeedFan or CoreTemp and log your temps whilst playing.
     
  3. Graham_IoM

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    Have you ran dxdiag? No download required. It might give you a clue.
     
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    This is turning into a PC hardware forum. :D

    A problem like this is more often than not far from being straight forward.

    It does not have to be the GPU.

    Have you updated to all the latest drivers?, latest DX?

    Might also be worth trying in a different PCI-E slot.

    Another one to try would be to change the psu connectors to one of the spare ones, sounds strange but the PSU might be a culprit here to.

    Sid
     
  5. Deadringers

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    what make of PSU do you have mate?
     
  6. Tiffster

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    Hi again,
    Thanks for the input guys, I have tried the progs you mentioned Mr. Incredible but they seem more for my CPU and not my GPU. (all is well with my CPU)
    I have all the latest drivers installed and DirectX says all is well. All was well until about a week ago which was when this problem started.
    My PSU make is Trust (yeah I know, I will be updating it) but it has been ok until now.
     
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    That could well be a pig of a problem to get to the bottom of. :(

    Check your graphics card and motherboard for signs of faulty components, essentially anything that looks a bit fried, specifically look for faulty electrolytic capacitors, when they go bad they look like this...

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    ...i.e. they pop a little bit at the top.

    Does your graphics card have a fan on it? and is it still working?
    Try to cobble together some additional cooling on the graphics card to see if it's a thermal problem.

    Could well be a PSU issue but I'm just guessing here.
    Can you bung your graphics card in someone else's box?

    Good luck.
     
  8. Tiffster

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    Hi,
    Thanks for that Chadford, My card has 2 fans on it and they are going strong. I have also got another 2 80cm fans blowing directly at it (plus I have the side of my case off) so I don't think cooling is a problem. I will strip it down tommorrow and have a good look at the system for any dodgy looking or blown whotsits.
    Thanks again.....
     
  9. essjay

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    I have had this problem before with certain games on my ATI card.

    Have a quick search it was recommended that setting my card to quality setting rather than performance and this seemed to work.

    I realised yours is a different make/model/chipset etc but it might be worth a go.
     
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  11. Tiffster

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    Hi again,
    Just thought I would update you on the situation as it may help someone else in the same spot.
    1st off, I bought a new power supply: corsair GS700, that stopped the glitches in Black Ops and the black screens I was having but, I was still having blue screens and sound glitches.
    2nd removed the sound card (Soundblaster Audigy) and went back to using the onboard sound, that stopped the sound problems but I was still having blue screens (its now driving me nuts!!!!)....
    3rd finally found the problem.......a defective strip of memory, removed it and now all is well, well it has been for the last couple of days.
    So what seemed a simple problem turned out to be 3 seperate ones, but at least now the system is stable again.

    Hope this may help someone else with some daft problems.
    Thanks to everyone for the help and advice trying to sort this one out for me.....
    Cheers,
    Tiffster
     
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    yup thought it would be a PSU or memory problem (either in GPU or system)
     
  13. RJay

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    Just come across this, 1st thing I would have said was check cooling, then memory and finally IRC conflicts.
    Glad you got it sorted :)
     

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