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PixelView 6600GT failing?

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May 22, 2007 7:30:50 AM

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.
May 22, 2007 10:42:48 AM

Is the cooling fan working, is the heatsink clogged up with dust?
a b U Graphics card
May 22, 2007 11:15:56 AM

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.
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a b U Graphics card
May 22, 2007 12:23:29 PM

Try a different monitor to rule out the monitor starting to go bad.
May 22, 2007 12:49:48 PM

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??
a b U Graphics card
May 23, 2007 2:45:58 AM

If you play games, maybe. Kind of a silly question, you should be able to tell if its being stressed, ie. lag.
May 26, 2007 10:33:36 PM

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
a b U Graphics card
May 27, 2007 2:01:50 AM

I think reseat the video card cooler, it may have come a little loose over the years of fan vibration.
May 31, 2007 6:33:19 AM

never done that before
will i need that thermal grease stuff or anything else?
a b U Graphics card
May 31, 2007 6:50:04 AM

Yes you will, to replace the old stuff (if there was any)
May 31, 2007 12:53:44 PM

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.
May 31, 2007 8:00:53 PM

Nvidia tech page has the answer for you, there is a set of drivers that fixes that problem
June 1, 2007 12:58:01 AM

could you please send me a link? i couldn't find it
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