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August 28, 2013 4:41:28 PM

So I've been having this problem for a couple of months now. It only happens when playing a game, although I think it would happen under any such stress, but my computer screen will freeze, displaying all these lines and colors, make a stuttering sound, and reboot.
It sounds like a heat issue but it's not. I've monitored everything and made sure nothing was overheating. I've so many fans in there now my tower would take of where I to remove the cover.
Of course I've went through thinking it was a driver issue. I went as far as doing a fresh install but it still happened.
Then I thought it was Ram, but the default windows test came up with nothing. I did memtest too and it showed a ton of errors but I dont have the experience to know what I was looking at. I did another test from some other brand and it showed nothing so I chose to ignore memtest.
I then thought it was the psu. Got a new one, same thing.
So today my new 5750 came. I installed it with great hopes. Well, It crashed during BF3 and I nearly cried.
So at this stage I guess it could be the ram, the motherboard or the cpu. I am lost and to the point where I want to learn how to use my sons' xbox controller and go console from now on. I can usually figure this stuff out. Please help.....if you can.

biostar ta785g3 hd
amd athlon II x2 250 3.0 ghz
4g ram
radeon hd 5750
win 7 ultimate

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August 28, 2013 5:08:37 PM
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colored lines on the screen suggest a graphics chip error , but since you have tried a different graphics card it may be related to the graphics built in to your motherboard .

Enter BIOS and see if you can find a setting that disables the onboard graphics . It should have kicked in automatically when you installed a graphics card , but sometimes things dont work the way they are supposed to.

A BIOS update may also be worthwhile . You can get that from the BIOSTAR website page for your board

And if that fails then try down clocking your RAM , or adding a fraction more voltage and see if that makes a difference
August 28, 2013 5:31:38 PM

yeah I tried prime95 on both sticks. Both tests failed within minutes (reboot, horizontal lines crash thing)

I believe my bios are up to date. I think the onboard graphics is disabled, but i'll check. How do i underclock or raise RAM voltage?
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August 28, 2013 5:54:13 PM

I would definitely not ignore that memtest result. Memtest is a fairly easy to use program, and if any errors are detected, there's roughly a 99% chance that you have bad memory. Try removing one stick and retesting. If errors are still noticed, swap them. You could also try different slots on the motherboard.
August 28, 2013 6:35:32 PM

Outlander_04 said:
colored lines on the screen suggest a graphics chip error , but since you have tried a different graphics card it may be related to the graphics built in to your motherboard .

Enter BIOS and see if you can find a setting that disables the onboard graphics . It should have kicked in automatically when you installed a graphics card , but sometimes things dont work the way they are supposed to.

A BIOS update may also be worthwhile . You can get that from the BIOSTAR website page for your board

And if that fails then try down clocking your RAM , or adding a fraction more voltage and see if that makes a difference


Outlander that does indeed seem to have been the problem. Yeah, my onboard graphics didn't show up in device manager but it wasn't actually disabled. So I went ahead and disabled it and I played BF3 for 30 minutes with no problems. That's the longest since this started. Usually I get no more that 5 minutes lately. So fingers crossed!
I am just wondering why this would start being a problem now> Just a basic hardware malfunction?
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