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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

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
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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.
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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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