I would like to know please what the *definitive* test is for testing a DX9 video card?
I am having ongoing problems with the mmorpg LOTRO where I get:
1. Crash to Vista desktop in LOTRO
2. Vista reports video hardware error - typically this is where I'm running LOTRO where the VPU will restart without a stop error
3. Vista reports a stop error in the video driver - infinite loop - where Im running LOTRO and it blue sceens
I run 3dmark06, no problems. The support people for LOTRO basically said that I have done tests with 3dmark06, that "Although 3dmark is not causing any errors, your error appears to be with the GPU or with your video ram. 3dmark does not utilize all the features that your graphics card takes advantage of, and it seems like one process is causing a hang either due to improper data handling (bad ram sending bad information to the gpu) or gpu corruption (the gpu is getting correct data, but cannot process it properly)."
I have also tried running Atitool beta on Vista, and when I scan for artifacts it does not find any. When I go abort and show the 3d box, all is fine too.
I dont have the money to blow on guesses and I need to know for sure its a hardware problem and not something else. The problem is even worse as Im on AGP and that kinda puts me in a spot of needing a whole new PC.....How do I test my graphics card to be sure?
Did you run the game on xp with your card? If so did you have the same issues there? What card do you have.. if it's not able to do both vista and LOTRO try disabling a few visual options in both vista and the game to lower potential problems there.
Also, and this is my personal opinion so don't shoot me, i believe that with later driver releases they are putting in optimizations for the newer cards that might not work as welll with previous generations. On xp this isn't really a problem as you can download older drivers and see if that helps, but with vista there's little choice in the matter.
As for the ultimate test just try running a few things simultaneously, like mediaplayer playing a video, a couple of aero windows opened and on top of that F.E.A.R or some graphically heavy game, and hope you don't fry the card :wink: