PixelView 6600GT failing?

My 6600GT is almost 1.5 years old now and when i play 3D games the screen often or sometimes goes black for up to about 5 seconds.

sometimes when i'm surfing the net it goes black for about 4 seconds when i open a new page or switch tabs.

When i'm playing 3D games the screen either goes black for anytime between about 0.2 - 5 seconds. seems to be the longer the screen stays off the less it flickers but the faster it comes back on the faster it goes off again. also sometimes looking at specific things on games affect it worse than other things.

After this problem started i updated my video drivers and nForce drivers.

any ideas? could it be a software problem?

edit: found out that the fan usually doesn't work at all. When it does work it makes a mighty sound so i just removed the fan and have another case fan blowing the bottom area of the case below the card.
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  1. Is the cooling fan working, is the heatsink clogged up with dust?
  2. Whats your power supply? (not just wattage, model please)

    EDIT: And yea check to make sure the cooler is clear of dust and is working properly.
  3. Try a different monitor to rule out the monitor starting to go bad.
  4. I have a question. I've been using a geforce 6600gt pcie 128gddr3 for about 2 years now. I used to have a 15" monitor but now am using a 19" widescreen monitor.Owh and i am using the monitor at my native reso of 1440X900. So my question here is, does my monitor seems to stress my graphics card??
  5. If you play games, maybe. Kind of a silly question, you should be able to tell if its being stressed, ie. lag.
  6. ok i've tried another monitor and instead of rapidly flickering it looks like a slightly diagonal line of scrambled pixels or a flickering bar also slightly diagonal of something i can't describe (grey colors i think).

    pretty much no dust.

    and i have a 1.5 year old 400w power supply that came with the case. below is model number

    FSP GROUP INC.
    F400-A
  7. I think reseat the video card cooler, it may have come a little loose over the years of fan vibration.
  8. never done that before
    will i need that thermal grease stuff or anything else?
  9. Yes you will, to replace the old stuff (if there was any)
  10. ok i think i'll stop there cause i don't really want to throw money into this one. just found out if i turn the graphics down a bit and under clock the card the problem almost completely vanishes :) then after a while i can put it back to stock speeds without any problems. (maybe cause i have the always use max fan speed check box checked now).

    ty for the help random

    note to self don't buy pixel view.
  11. Nvidia tech page has the answer for you, there is a set of drivers that fixes that problem
  12. could you please send me a link? i couldn't find it
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