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Red / Green blocks all over screen followed by a graphics driver failure

The problem is red / green blocks all over screen or tiny red dots all over screen before immediate driver crash. Often causes complete OS crash and sometimes a blue screen. Happens almost as soon as you start playing. Sometimes the colors show up in the BIOS screen, etc.

A few months ago this started to happen in both video games and sometimes even on desktop but video games were unplayable. I did a lot of research and was informed that it should be only a bad video memory issue on the graphics card.

Current card was a 2 year old GTX570. I purchased a replacement graphics card (GTX 660 Ti) by a different manufacture and the problem went away for a few weeks.

Then the same problem came back. I checked my PSU power output on all the rails and on the VDDC connections and everything is perfect. I also checked my temperatures to make sure the video card is not going above 80c during long gaming sessions. I also ran a system memory test built into Win7. And of course I tried different driver version and re-install of Windows but this is not a driver issue in my case.

I sent the card back for RMA deciding I had the worse luck in the world to receive two video cards from two manufactures which ended up with bad memory. One of the rarest computer failures I have encountered.

I received a new card and all was fixed for a few days. For the first day I monitored the voltage on the VDDC and, Fan Speed, and Temp and everything looks great. Few days later and same problem.

I am at a loss, there is nothing else I can determine in order to take a next action that is logical. Are my computer gaming days over?
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  1. get another drive and install windows fresh (with only that drive connected) - with the latest drivers for the motherboard and video card including all windows updates

    if after all that doesn't help, then get a new motherboard
  2. I would like to stop dumping money into parts without any test that shows it is faulty. I have already tried a fresh install of Windows, followed by a fresh install of the Driver. If I spend anymore money on parts I will have purchased an equivalent machine and possibly end up in the same position at this point.

    I have multiple hard drives, I could just move the game to another drive but red/green blocks on the screen that temporarily go away when the graphics card is replaced are a clear indication of graphics memory faults.

    My original card is so bad now that when I put it back in the red dots take up 75% of the screen from post through to Windows. The POST area is not even reading off the hard drive yet or from any drivers.
  3. Best answer
    if it's not your motherboard, it's your power supply...
  4. You changes your mind quickly... I am confused.
  5. Look, with what you responded, you ruled out a driver/windows glitch - so it can only be either of the two.

    What model PSU do you have?
  6. This one
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

    I have already tested the power supply during production even.
  7. List your entire setup including resolution - you never indicated whether the manufacturer found any issues with your RMA'd card...
  8. The manufacture gave no details on the RMA, they sent me a replacement as soon as they received my bad one. I run 1920x1080 and here are my specs.

    SEED ----------------------------------------------------------------------

    [Current Computer]
    [Operating System]
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) Build 7601
    Service Pack: Service Pack 1

    Central Processor(s) ------------------------------------------------------

    [CPU Unit Count]
    Number Of Processor Packages (Physical): 1
    Number Of Processors Cores: 4
    Number Of Logical Processors: 4

    Intel Core i5-2500K -------------------------------------------------------

    [General Information]
    Processor Name: Intel Core i5-2500K
    Original Processor Frequency: 3300.0 MHz
    Original Processor Frequency [MHz]: 3300
    CPU ID: 000206A7
    CPU Brand Name: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz
    CPU Vendor: GenuineIntel
    CPU Stepping: D2
    CPU Code Name: Sandy Bridge-DT XE
    CPU S-Spec: SR008
    CPU Thermal Design Power (TDP): 95.0 W
    CPU IA Cores Thermal Design Current (TDC): 97.5 A
    CPU GT Cores Thermal Design Current (TDC): 32.5 A
    CPU Power Limits (Max): Power = Unlimited, Time = Unlimited
    CPU Power Limit 1 (Long Duration): Power = 95.00 W, Time = 1.00 sec [Locked]
    CPU Power Limit 2 (Short Duration): Power = 118.75 W, Time = Unlimited [Locked]
    Number of Overclocking Bins: Unlimited
    CPU Type: Production Unit
    CPU Platform: Socket H2 (LGA1155)
    Microcode Update Revision: 26
    Number of CPU Cores: 4
    Number of Logical CPUs: 4
    [Operating Points]
    CPU LFM (Minimum): 1600.0 MHz = 16.00 x 100.0 MHz
    CPU HFM (Maximum): 3300.0 MHz = 33.00 x 100.0 MHz
    CPU Turbo: 3700.0 MHz = 37.00 x 100.0 MHz [Unlocked]
    CPU Current: 1605.4 MHz = 16.00 x 100.3 MHz @ 1.0057 V
    CPU Bus Type: Intel Direct Media Interface (DMI) v2.0
    Maximum DMI Link Speed: 5.0 GT/s
    Current DMI Link Speed: 5.0 GT/s
    [Cache and TLB]
    L1 Cache: Instruction: 4 x 32 KBytes, Data: 4 x 32 KBytes
    L2 Cache: Integrated: 4 x 256 KBytes
    L3 Cache: 6 MBytes
    Instruction TLB: 2MB/4MB Pages, Fully associative, 8 entries
    Data TLB: 4 KB Pages, 4-way set associative, 64 entries
    Motherboard ---------------------------------------------------------------

    [Computer]
    Computer Brand Name: Unknown on Noname
    [Motherboard]
    Motherboard Model: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
    Motherboard Chipset: Intel Z68 (Cougar Point) [B3]
    Motherboard Slots: 2xPCI, 5xPCI Express x1, 1xPCI Express x16
    PCI Express Version Supported: v2.0
    USB Version Supported: v3.0
    [PCH Features]
    USB Port Count: 14 ports
    RAID Capability: RAID0/1/5/10 + Smart Response Technology
    SATA Ports 2 and 3: Supported
    SATA Port 1 6 Gb/s: Supported
    SATA Port 0 6 Gb/s: Supported
    PCI Interface: Not Supported
    PCI Express Ports 5 and 6: Supported
    USB Redirect (USBr): Not Supported
    Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Supported
    PCI Express Ports 7 and 8: Supported
    PCH Integrated Graphics Support: Supported
    Data Center Manageability Interface (DCMI): Supported
    Node Manager: Supported
    [BIOS]
    BIOS Manufacturer: American Megatrends
    BIOS Date: 05/07/2012
    BIOS Version: 3402
    EFI BIOS: Capable
    Super-IO/LPC Chip: Winbond/Nuvoton NCT6776

    BIOS ----------------------------------------------------------------------

    BIOS Vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
    BIOS Version: 3402
    BIOS Release Date: 05/07/2012
    BIOS Start Segment: F000
    BIOS Size: 8192 KBytes
    System BIOS Version: 4.6


    Video Adapter -------------------------------------------------------------


    nVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti -------------------------------------------------


    Video Chipset: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
    Video Chipset Codename: GK104-300
    Video Memory: 2048 MBytes of GDDR5 SDRAM

    Video Card: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti (GK104) [eVGA.com]
    Video Bus: PCIe v2.0 x16 (5.0 Gb/s) @ x16 (2.5 Gb/s)
    Video RAMDAC: Integrated RAMDAC
    Video BIOS Version: 80.04.4B.00.60
    Video Chipset Revision: A1
    [Performance]
    Processor Clock: 324.0 MHz
    Memory Clock: 162.0 MHz (Effective 648.0 MHz)
    Memory Bus Width: 192-bit
    Number Of ROPs: 24
    Number Of Unified Shaders: 1344
    nVidia SLI Status: Enabled
    Hardware ID: PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_1183&SUBSYS_40693842&REV_A1
    [Driver Information]
    Driver Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Driver Description: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
    Driver Provider: NVIDIA
    Driver Version: 9.18.13.1106
    Driver Date: 17-Jan-2013
    DeviceInstanceId PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_1183&SUBSYS_40693842&REV_A1\4&80E7924&0&0008
    Memory --------------------------------------------------------------------

    [General information]
    Total Memory Size: 8 GBytes
    Total Memory Size [MB]: 8192
    [Current Performance Settings]
    Maximum Supported Memory Clock: 666.7 MHz
    Current Memory Clock: 802.7 MHz (8 : 1 ratio)
    Current Timing (tCAS-tRCD-tRP-tRAS): 9.0-9-9-28
    Memory Runs At: Dual-Channel
    Command Rate: 1T
    Read to Read Delay (tRD_RD) Different Rank: 1T
    Read to Read Delay (tRD_RD) Different DIMM: 3T
    Write to Write Delay (tWR_WR) Different Rank: 3T
    Write to Write Delay (tWR_WR) Different DIMM: 3T
    Read to Write Delay (tRD_WR) Same Rank: 3T
    Read to Write Delay (tRD_WR) Different Rank: 3T
    Read to Write Delay (tRD_WR) Different DIMM: 3T
    Write to Read Delay (tWR_RD) Same Rank (tWTR): 6T
    Write to Read Delay (tWR_RD) Different Rank: 1T
    Write to Read Delay (tWR_RD) Different DIMM: 1T
    Read to Precharge Delay (tRTP): 6T
    Write to Precharge Delay (tWTP/tWR): 12T
    RAS# to RAS# Delay (tRRD): 5T
    Refresh Cycle Time (tRFC): 128T
    Four Activate Window (tFAW): 24T

    BenQ RL2450H --------------------------------------------------------------

    [General information]
    Monitor Name: BenQ RL2450H
    Monitor Name (Manuf): BenQ RL2450H
    Serial Number: 72D01262SL0
    Date Of Manufacture: Week: 7, Year: 2013
    Monitor Hardware ID: Monitor\BNQ7F0E
    Max. Vertical Size: 30 cm
    Max. Horizontal Size: 53 cm
    Horizontal Frequency: 30 - 83 kHz
    Vertical Frequency: 50 - 76 Hz
    Maximum Pixel Clock: 170 MHz
    [Advanced parameters]
    Input Signal: Digital
    Display Type: RGB color
    Gamma Factor: 2.20
    [DPMS Modes]
    Standby: Not Supported
    Suspend: Not Supported
    Active Off: Supported
    Standard Colour Space: Supported
    Preferred Timing Mode: Supported
    Default GTF Supported: Not Supported
    DFP 1.x Compatible: No
    [Supported Video Modes]
    1280 x 720 60 Hz
    1280 x 800 60 Hz
    1280 x 1024 60 Hz
    1600 x 900 60 Hz
    1680 x 1050 60 Hz
    1920 x 1080 60 Hz
    1920 x 1080 531 x 298 mm, Pixel Clock 148.50 MHz

    SAMSUNG [Unknown Model: SAM06AC] ------------------------------------------

    [General information]
    Monitor Name: SAMSUNG [Unknown Model: SAM06AC]
    Monitor Name (Manuf): SAMSUNG
    Serial Number: 1
    Date Of Manufacture: Week: 52, Year: 2009
    Monitor Hardware ID: Monitor\SAM06AC
    Max. Vertical Size: 68 cm
    Max. Horizontal Size: 121 cm
    Horizontal Frequency: 26 - 81 kHz
    Vertical Frequency: 24 - 75 Hz
    Maximum Pixel Clock: 230 MHz
    [Advanced parameters]
    Input Signal: Digital
    Display Type: RGB color
    Gamma Factor: 2.20
    [DPMS Modes]
    Standby: Not Supported
    Suspend: Not Supported
    Active Off: Not Supported
    Standard Colour Space: Not Supported
    Preferred Timing Mode: Supported
    Default GTF Supported: Not Supported
    DFP 1.x Compatible: No
    [Supported Video Modes]
    1152 x 864 75 Hz
    1280 x 800 60 Hz
    1280 x 960 60 Hz
    1280 x 1024 60 Hz
    1440 x 900 60 Hz
    1440 x 900 75 Hz
    1680 x 1050 60 Hz
    1600 x 1200 60 Hz
    1920 x 1080 160 x 90 mm, Pixel Clock 148.50 MHz
    1360 x 768 160 x 90 mm, Pixel Clock 85.50 MHz


    INTEL SSDSA2CW080G3 -------------------------------------------------------

    [General Information]
    Drive Controller: Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    Drive Model: INTEL SSDSA2CW080G3
    Drive Revision: 4PC10302
    Drive Serial Number: CVPR124402HV080BGN
    Drive Capacity: 76,319 MBytes (80 GB)
    Drive Capacity [MB]: 76319
    Media Rotation Rate: SSD Drive (Non-rotating)

    SAMSUNG HD103SJ -----------------------------------------------------------

    [General Information]
    Drive Controller: Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    Drive Model: SAMSUNG HD103SJ
    Drive Revision: 1AJ10001
    Drive Serial Number: S246J9KB612843
    Drive Capacity: 953,869 MBytes (1000 GB)
    Drive Capacity [MB]: 953869
    Media Rotation Rate: 7200 RPM

    Audio ---------------------------------------------------------------------


    Intel Cougar Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller [B3] ------------

    Audio Adapter: Intel Cougar Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller [B3]
    Audio Controller Hardware ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1C20&SUBSYS_84101043&REV_05
    High Definition Audio Codec: RealTek ALC892
    Audio Codec Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0892&SUBSYS_00000000
    [Driver Information]
    Driver Manufacturer: Realtek
    Driver Description: Realtek High Definition Audio
    Driver Provider: Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
    Driver Version: 6.0.1.6251
    Driver Date: 22-Nov-2010
    DeviceInstanceId HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0892&SUBSYS_10438410&REV_1003\4&2CB35CC7&0&0001

    nVIDIA GK104 - High Definition Audio Controller ---------------------------

    Audio Adapter: nVIDIA GK104 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Audio Controller Hardware ID: PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0E0A&SUBSYS_40693842&REV_A1
    High Definition Audio Codec: Unknown 108
    Audio Codec Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_0000&DEV_0108&SUBSYS_10DE0040

    Network -------------------------------------------------------------------


    Intel 82579V (Lewisville) Gigabit Network Connection ----------------------
  9. you do not have the latest WHQL driver installed based on that report
    http://www.nvidia.com/object/win8-win7-winvista-64bit-320.18-whql-driver.html

    I think your MB is doing something funny, after all that you said... unless you're doing something taxing with the cards that you haven't mentioned, and are burning them out
  10. I had tried that driver for awhile. I ended up purchasing a new power supply since it was the cheaper option and it appears to have resolved the problem. 10+ hours of Metro Last Light on Ultra. Maybe GPU-Z and HW Info wasn't showing me all the details I needed to see there was a power problem. Is there a program that provides amperage readings along with voltage?
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