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Graphics card freezing computer, please help

I have a Nvidia GTX 550 TI graphics card I purchased a little over a year ago. Worked well for about a month, but then it started giving me problems. It would freeze up my computer and give me a random solid color screen such as blue, orange, pink, yellow, green, purple etc. If I had music playing or sound, it would like stutter a random note and just sound terrible. Didn't even sound like the song or sound that was playing though. It started getting to the point where I would start up my computer, open up Mozilla Firefox, and it would freeze up and force me to restart. I sent in the video card via RMA and got a new one a few weeks ago. Same problem is starting to happen again, getting more and more frequent. When I play a game, it'll randomly freeze my computer and again show a random color. I contacted tech support but they weren't much help just saying I should send it in and get a new one. It's not overheating and nor is my computer with most of my fans on my cpu and video card at 40 degrees Celcius maybe getting up to a little less than 50. That's it. If somebody could please help that'd be awesome!

Thanks in advance, Jonathan
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  1. Did you install the new drivers?
  2. maurelie said:
    Did you install the new drivers?


    Yeah I did and it's definitely not a driver issue. Thinking a definite hardware issue just not sure on what...
  3. What are your system specs?
  4. I've had the same problems with the new drivers (gtx 560 owner) . 500 and 600 series card had problems with new drivers, because they were made for kepler architecture. I was runnin 320.18 driver for 6-7 months until i updated few days ago and didn't had any problem since then. Maybe you should try 320.18
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    Jonny101892 said:
    When I play a game, it'll randomly freeze my computer and again show a random color. I contacted tech support but they weren't much help just saying I should send it in and get a new one. It's not overheating and nor is my computer with most of my fans on my cpu and video card at 40 degrees Celcius maybe getting up to a little less than 50. That's it. If somebody could please help that'd be awesome!

    Thanks in advance, Jonathan



    I have the EXACT same problem with my Nvidia 560TI 448 Core. I play WoW and this JUST started about a week ago, I've had the card a few years (since it was the latest greatest). The thing is it may happen after 5 minutes being on (in WoW) but sometimes will run 10 hours + in WoW (don't ask)...

    This is on 327.23 Drivers. I'm going to install the newest with a clean install and see what happens.

    My comp
    Asus P6T Deluxe V2 / AMI Bios 1202
    Patriot PC3-8500F 2000EL Series (3x4GB Modules as Triple Channel)
    Intel I7 920 Rev C0/C1 Idle Temp 40c, All 8 Cores under prime for an hour 67%
    NVidia GeForce GTX 560 TI 448 Core 797GPU/975Mem/1594Shader Clocks
    2xIntel 256 SSD's in Raid 0
    With GPU at 99% load for an hour now it's temp is 76c, Fan cruising at 49%(2200 RPM's)
    GPU Mem load at the moment 45%, 0 Vidio Engine load and VDDV 1.0130V
    PS Thermaltake 1250W

    Anyway thought it interesting I seem to have the exact same problem as you, out of the blue, for no apparent reason. Nothing hardware nor software (that I know of, thanks Microsoft update) has changed.

    Off to update drivers and let WoW run overnight just to see, may try loading it with Furmark, GPU-Z, Prime on all 8 cores for a while to try and "make" it blow up. I've written this entire post now with everything under full load and of course, no crash. lol

    Take Care,

    Shawn
  6. ShawnsM said:
    Jonny101892 said:
    When I play a game, it'll randomly freeze my computer and again show a random color. I contacted tech support but they weren't much help just saying I should send it in and get a new one. It's not overheating and nor is my computer with most of my fans on my cpu and video card at 40 degrees Celcius maybe getting up to a little less than 50. That's it. If somebody could please help that'd be awesome!

    Thanks in advance, Jonathan



    I have the EXACT same problem with my Nvidia 560TI 448 Core. I play WoW and this JUST started about a week ago, I've had the card a few years (since it was the latest greatest). The thing is it may happen after 5 minutes being on (in WoW) but sometimes will run 10 hours + in WoW (don't ask)...

    This is on 327.23 Drivers. I'm going to install the newest with a clean install and see what happens.

    My comp
    Asus P6T Deluxe V2 / AMI Bios 1202
    Patriot PC3-8500F 2000EL Series (3x4GB Modules as Triple Channel)
    Intel I7 920 Rev C0/C1 Idle Temp 40c, All 8 Cores under prime for an hour 67%
    NVidia GeForce GTX 560 TI 448 Core 797GPU/975Mem/1594Shader Clocks
    2xIntel 256 SSD's in Raid 0
    With GPU at 99% load for an hour now it's temp is 76c, Fan cruising at 49%(2200 RPM's)
    GPU Mem load at the moment 45%, 0 Vidio Engine load and VDDV 1.0130V
    PS Thermaltake 1250W

    Anyway thought it interesting I seem to have the exact same problem as you, out of the blue, for no apparent reason. Nothing hardware nor software (that I know of, thanks Microsoft update) has changed.

    Off to update drivers and let WoW run overnight just to see, may try loading it with Furmark, GPU-Z, Prime on all 8 cores for a while to try and "make" it blow up. I've written this entire post now with everything under full load and of course, no crash. lol

    Take Care,

    Shawn




    So I figured out what the problem was. It WAS my video card and I was just very unlucky to have gotten two of them and both of them being broken. I bought a new graphics card last night and I haven't had a single crash on any of my video games. Good luck to you man.
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