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February 23, 2014 1:20:40 PM

I built a computer back in December. Twice recently it has started displaying random colors/lines that only go away if I reboot the computer. I tried swapping the DVI cable with a VGA cable but that didn't help. I updated the video drivers maybe 1-2 weeks before the first time it happened. The second time happened a few weeks later. I rolled back the driver to see if that helps. If that doesn't help, what do you think the problem is?

Bad video card?
Bad power supply not giving enough power to the card?
something else?
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February 23, 2014 1:31:13 PM

Does it happen after or during gaming or when the GPU is being stressed?
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February 23, 2014 1:40:30 PM

I think the problem is that your video card is getting too hot. That usually happens to me if i overclock my video card too much. Make sure that your case is in a well ventilated area, and that there is nothing that could be blocking the air flow. Also, this might be an issue with your power supply, but i dont think it is. Try adjusting the fan settings of the gpu and see if that helps, and also make sure to provide proper ventilation for your computer. Also, check the temp of the graphics card and post it here.
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February 23, 2014 5:16:31 PM

getochkn said:
Does it happen after or during gaming or when the GPU is being stressed?


No, both times I was just web browsing. Facebook/Youtube ect. I've never had any problems when I'm playing games.
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February 23, 2014 5:24:04 PM

DCNOS18 said:
I think the problem is that your video card is getting too hot. That usually happens to me if i overclock my video card too much. Make sure that your case is in a well ventilated area, and that there is nothing that could be blocking the air flow. Also, this might be an issue with your power supply, but i dont think it is. Try adjusting the fan settings of the gpu and see if that helps, and also make sure to provide proper ventilation for your computer. Also, check the temp of the graphics card and post it here.


I checked the temperature right after I rebooted. It said the GPU temp was 33 C. I haven't over clocked my card and both times it happened the GPU wasn't being stressed. Do you still think it could be overheating?
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February 24, 2014 12:08:46 PM

No i dont think it has to do with overheating anymore. Could you post your computers specs please so i can better answer.
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February 24, 2014 6:08:15 PM

DCNOS18 said:
No i dont think it has to do with overheating anymore. Could you post your computers specs please so i can better answer.


CPU: AMD FX-4300 Vishera 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)
Monitor: HP W2071D 60 Hz 1600 x 900 resolution
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February 24, 2014 6:22:08 PM

ninjagecko13 said:
DCNOS18 said:
I think the problem is that your video card is getting too hot. That usually happens to me if i overclock my video card too much. Make sure that your case is in a well ventilated area, and that there is nothing that could be blocking the air flow. Also, this might be an issue with your power supply, but i dont think it is. Try adjusting the fan settings of the gpu and see if that helps, and also make sure to provide proper ventilation for your computer. Also, check the temp of the graphics card and post it here.


I checked the temperature right after I rebooted. It said the GPU temp was 33 C. I haven't over clocked my card and both times it happened the GPU wasn't being stressed. Do you still think it could be overheating?


ninjagecko13 said:
DCNOS18 said:
No i dont think it has to do with overheating anymore. Could you post your computers specs please so i can better answer.

CPU: AMD FX-4300 Vishera 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)
Monitor: HP W2071D 60 Hz 1600 x 900 resolution


Ok, i doubt it is your psu causing the problem because it has plenty of power. You said you tried updating the drivers already, but try that again to see if that helps. The problem may be with your graphics card's hardware.. First, check to see if all your power connectors are firmly in place. If you have another graphics card try to test it on that and see if the problem continues. Also, the problem could be with the monitor as well, so if you have another monitor try to test it on that also. Test the monitor first so we can rule that out right away so we can know if the problem is internal or external. You said you built the computer back in december so all the parts should still be under warranty.
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February 25, 2014 8:35:18 PM

DCNOS18 said:
ninjagecko13 said:
DCNOS18 said:
I think the problem is that your video card is getting too hot. That usually happens to me if i overclock my video card too much. Make sure that your case is in a well ventilated area, and that there is nothing that could be blocking the air flow. Also, this might be an issue with your power supply, but i dont think it is. Try adjusting the fan settings of the gpu and see if that helps, and also make sure to provide proper ventilation for your computer. Also, check the temp of the graphics card and post it here.


I checked the temperature right after I rebooted. It said the GPU temp was 33 C. I haven't over clocked my card and both times it happened the GPU wasn't being stressed. Do you still think it could be overheating?


ninjagecko13 said:
DCNOS18 said:
No i dont think it has to do with overheating anymore. Could you post your computers specs please so i can better answer.

CPU: AMD FX-4300 Vishera 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)
Monitor: HP W2071D 60 Hz 1600 x 900 resolution


Ok, i doubt it is your psu causing the problem because it has plenty of power. You said you tried updating the drivers already, but try that again to see if that helps. The problem may be with your graphics card's hardware.. First, check to see if all your power connectors are firmly in place. If you have another graphics card try to test it on that and see if the problem continues. Also, the problem could be with the monitor as well, so if you have another monitor try to test it on that also. Test the monitor first so we can rule that out right away so we can know if the problem is internal or external. You said you built the computer back in december so all the parts should still be under warranty.


Ok, I tried the drivers and checking the power connectors. The problem isn't very frequent, so I'll have to wait for it to happen again before I can test another monitor to see if that's the problem. If that happens I'll post the results. Otherwise, I'll assume the driver fixed it. Thanks
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February 26, 2014 1:06:40 PM

ninjagecko13 said:
DCNOS18 said:
ninjagecko13 said:
DCNOS18 said:
I think the problem is that your video card is getting too hot. That usually happens to me if i overclock my video card too much. Make sure that your case is in a well ventilated area, and that there is nothing that could be blocking the air flow. Also, this might be an issue with your power supply, but i dont think it is. Try adjusting the fan settings of the gpu and see if that helps, and also make sure to provide proper ventilation for your computer. Also, check the temp of the graphics card and post it here.


I checked the temperature right after I rebooted. It said the GPU temp was 33 C. I haven't over clocked my card and both times it happened the GPU wasn't being stressed. Do you still think it could be overheating?


ninjagecko13 said:
DCNOS18 said:
No i dont think it has to do with overheating anymore. Could you post your computers specs please so i can better answer.

CPU: AMD FX-4300 Vishera 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)
Monitor: HP W2071D 60 Hz 1600 x 900 resolution


Ok, i doubt it is your psu causing the problem because it has plenty of power. You said you tried updating the drivers already, but try that again to see if that helps. The problem may be with your graphics card's hardware.. First, check to see if all your power connectors are firmly in place. If you have another graphics card try to test it on that and see if the problem continues. Also, the problem could be with the monitor as well, so if you have another monitor try to test it on that also. Test the monitor first so we can rule that out right away so we can know if the problem is internal or external. You said you built the computer back in december so all the parts should still be under warranty.


Ok, I tried the drivers and checking the power connectors. The problem isn't very frequent, so I'll have to wait for it to happen again before I can test another monitor to see if that's the problem. If that happens I'll post the results. Otherwise, I'll assume the driver fixed it. Thanks
Ok, if it is fixed make sure to select the best answer as the solution!

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