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Occasional graphical glitches? Card dying?

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January 7, 2014 11:57:44 AM

Recently I've started noticing little glitches in how images are loaded on my system, and I'm wondering if I should be concerned or not. An example I can show is a photo that I downloaded then put on Facebook, but the glitched version was what uploaded.
This is what the original photo looked like.


Edit: Link to original photo has been taken down, but you can still get the idea.

And this is what the glitched version looks like.


Edit: I also wanted to note that I have only noticed this in web pages with many images, and with varying degrees of anomalies. This is one of the more minor ones, but the only one I have evidence of. I am pretty sure it is not my browser as I notice it in Steam as well.

Not long after this started, I ran into a weird issue with Nero Recode 2014 where I cannot import any file whatsoever, as when I try, the entire program freezes. What is especially weird, is that when I force quit the program it causes my graphics driver to stop responding and recover. I did recently wipe my drivers (maybe I missed some?) and install the newest ones fresh. My main worry and question is: Should I be worried? I haven't noticed any performance hits and gaming is still fine. I just want to know if I should be prepared to invest in a new card in case this one is dying.

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January 7, 2014 12:09:41 PM

What graphics card do you have and what driver version are you running?
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January 7, 2014 12:18:18 PM

How stupid of me to leave that out.

PowerColor HD 7950, catalyst version 13.12

Oddly enough when I go back to the download page for drivers nothing is showing up for me... Makes me wonder
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January 7, 2014 12:22:33 PM

I have a 7950, driver version 13.4. I upgraded to 13.12 and have been having the problem since 13.4 and am now sending back for a RMA. I think it may be a problem due to the drivers not liking the 7950 since the release of the more attention grabbing R9 cards. Probably better optimised for 280x and now we've been left in the dark.
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January 7, 2014 12:31:20 PM

Those are kind of strange symptoms for a video card.
Usually early failure signs occur in 3d mode or atleast when watching videos.

Can you test it in game or benchmark?
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January 7, 2014 12:34:46 PM

Well I'm hoping that it's just a drive anomaly since any actual intensive operations seem fine, and I got the card when prices were down and can't really afford where they're at now...

I thought they were pretty strange as well, which is why I'm here. I'm actually playing battlefield 4 right now. I usually play on Medium and 64 man conquest large while getting anywhere from 60 or 70 to 130 fps depending on the map. I'll run a benchmark through this round and post the results
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January 7, 2014 12:59:07 PM

Any artifacts in 3d mode?
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January 7, 2014 1:13:25 PM

None that are noticeable. Only thing I see is screen tearing, but that's because I refuse to use V-sync.
This is my result from running Unigine Heaven at all maxed out settings
https://www.dropbox.com/s/5k17mynory0jqbr/Unigine_Heave...

I just don't get why I would be having little weird glitches like that without any sign of failure in anything intensive.
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January 9, 2014 3:55:58 PM


This is the worst its ever gotten. I have a theory though. Maybe it is not actually my card, but my internet being a tad unstable? Perhaps it corrupts the image file which causes the weird display. I say that because in my original post with the glitched photo, that shows up every single time I open that file, even on another device, which means that the data is actually saved that way, not just being rendered incorrectly. My other thought is that maybe its my drive? Although I haven't had any other problems, so that wouldn't make sense to me. I feel like the internet option is my best guess, since I have absolutely no problems with anything offline, but online things have issues. Especially since I have other issues with pages not loading occasionally, and connections not going through. So for now I am going to chalk it up to that and try not to worry about it. Thanks for all the help though.
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January 9, 2014 4:02:30 PM

To add to my most recent post, I just cleared my browser's cache, and reloaded the above image from the source, and it displayed fine. I am going to chalk all of this up to data corruption from an unstable connection.
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January 16, 2014 11:54:56 AM

Nathan Sempsrott said:
To add to my most recent post, I just cleared my browser's cache, and reloaded the above image from the source, and it displayed fine. I am going to chalk all of this up to data corruption from an unstable connection.


Sorry for the late reply. But I'm surprised that it's your connection, even a slow connection shouldn't be dropping packets like that.

You may want to contact your provider about that (no doubt they'll say it's on your end) but you never know, may get a new router, free upgrade, some money off etc.

But I would advise asking them to look into it for you if the problem does come back.

And also congratulations on solving the problem, :) 
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January 16, 2014 1:39:20 PM

l1ghtm4st3r said:
Nathan Sempsrott said:
To add to my most recent post, I just cleared my browser's cache, and reloaded the above image from the source, and it displayed fine. I am going to chalk all of this up to data corruption from an unstable connection.


Sorry for the late reply. But I'm surprised that it's your connection, even a slow connection shouldn't be dropping packets like that.

You may want to contact your provider about that (no doubt they'll say it's on your end) but you never know, may get a new router, free upgrade, some money off etc.

But I would advise asking them to look into it for you if the problem does come back.

And also congratulations on solving the problem, :) 


Its not that its slow (30 down 5 up) but that its unstable. Sometimes in games I'll suddenly have a terrible ping then it jumps right back to normal, and when I close out of the game things like origin and raptr are asking me if I want to sign in since I lost connection. Also, sometimes web pages will just stick and not load at all unless I refresh. I feel like it has something to do with when they buried the line, because I had no problems with connection when it was just running across my front yard :p  I do remember the guy that came out initially saying that the line they had underground wasn't a good enough line and that's why he laid a new one, which makes me wonder if the person that came out to bury it just connected that line instead of actually replacing it (based on him doing absolutely no digging or anything, and the connection not being as good.) But oh well, I'm just glad that my card seems to be chugging along just fine :)  I probably will contact them if it gets too frustrating. But its TWC, so it might not even be worth it xP
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