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Windows 7 won't boot w/ artifacting

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March 3, 2014 6:20:03 PM

Hello,

Have a couple issues. A couple weeks ago when playing a video game I always play, it would freeze, do some artifacting (green, horizontal matrix) and blue screen saying the display drivers failed to restart. After that happened, I updated all my drivers and tried playing again but it did it again after a while.

Now when I try to start up my computer, it has the artifacting permanently there, and can't get past the windows splash screen. Just a black screen. That or it will freeze on the actual splash screen. Opened it up and all fans including the video card spin fine, albeit a little dusty.

Any ideas?

From what I remember with my poor computer knowledge:
HP Pavilion Elite, Windows 7
Nvidia GTX260
Intel Core i7

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March 4, 2014 6:42:48 AM

Artifacting is normally caused by memory errors on your graphics card. This can be caused by unstable overclocks or a failing graphics card. If you have any overclocks, attempt to remove them. IF your card is running at stock speed, it most likely needs replaced.
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March 4, 2014 7:42:44 AM

Artifacting is caused by the GPU. Typically, it doesn't occur unless you overclock but can happen if a card is old - which yours is.

If you have overclocked your GPU, back the clocks off 20-30MHz.

If you're not overclocked, return the card/machine. If you're UK-based, the seller can't reject a replacement request if you've followed manufacturer's instructions (i.e. not dropped the card, spilled water on it etc.). If you're not in the UK, they may refuse, and you'll just have to buy a new graphics card.
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March 5, 2014 9:43:28 AM

Ok, so graphics card is the issue. I don't have the GPU overclocked, it's running at stock.

So if I just replace the one I have with a GTX560 for instance, it should boot up just fine? Also, how would I know a GTX560 or higher will be compatible with the computer I have?
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March 5, 2014 4:27:34 PM

nosiaf said:
Ok, so graphics card is the issue. I don't have the GPU overclocked, it's running at stock.

So if I just replace the one I have with a GTX560 for instance, it should boot up just fine? Also, how would I know a GTX560 or higher will be compatible with the computer I have?


Your computer cant be that old if it has windows 7. it should be fine
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