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eVGA GeForce 7800GT Troubleshooting - Artifacts!

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January 18, 2008 6:25:30 PM

Hello everyone,

Over the course of the last several days, I have been encountering many problems with my "newly" acquired eVGA GeForce 7800GT. I say "newly" because in reality, I have owned a 7800GT for nearly two years now; last month I encountered an unsolvable video error. I assumed the problem lied with my video card, so I RMA'ed it and got a replacement. (Turns out it was my MB, so I RMA'ed it and got a replacement as well.) I was hoping that the installation of said parts would be smooth and simple, but since day 1, I have been having many problems.

I encountered many BSOD's and artifact problems, but through many restarts and many reinstallations and tweakings, I have reduced my many problems down to one: major artifacting in 3d applications (specifically, games such as Battlefield 2 and Unreal Tourny 3). I have the latest drivers (WinXP 169.28), installed them all properly (after first uninstalling the old drivers), and I've boosted the fan speed on the GPU to 100% without overclocking the GPU itself. Everything on my computer works fine EXCEPT when I try to play games. They run smoothly for about 10 to 15 minutes, and then the artifacts begin to creep up. I have been using nTune and NVIDIA Monitor to see what has been going on, and my GPU has never gotten above 63` Celsius while playing these games. (I've only been getting the BSOD [nv4_disp] when nTune craps out on me randomly).

I have tried everything I can think of short of flashing the BIOS (which I don't think would help anyway). I have upgraded and downgraded to different versions of the drivers, I have reseated the card in the slot, and I even tried reseating the heatsink on the GPU. I tried Underclocking the card, to no avail, and I know it is getting more than enough power (power has never been an issue). Remember, I've been using a 7800GT for two years now, and it has worked great until I got this new one. Would it be possible if someone here can help me track down the REAL source of this problem? I would appreciate it very much.

My current setup:

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego running at 2.5 GHz

MB/RAM: MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum nForce 4 (Newegg does not carry this product anymore). FSB (according to Sandra) is running at 2x 1000MHz. Can support up to 4GB of PC3200. Currently running with 1 GB of Corsair ValueSelect PC3200 (VS1GB400C3). RAM timing @ 200MHz is 3-3-3-8.

GPU: eVGA GeForce 7800GT 256MB (the eVGA GPU cores come factory overclocked at 445 MHz, and the memory speeds come OC'ed at 1070 MHz. I believe the standard for 7800GT (not sure about this) is 400 MHz core and 1000MHz memory.)

PSU: Mad Dog Multimedia: Techi Toyz SurePower 500W ATX Power Supply. I have had it for about 3 years and it has worked wonderfully since the first day.
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January 18, 2008 6:57:18 PM

Well right up front i will say this is just an observation of mine and may well be complete crap.
I have a rig that has a X1650 in it and have stopped seeing any benefits in the drivers since about 7.7/7.8 (thats july /august last year if you didnt know how the ATI drivers are labeled) in fact i started getting small problems and reverted to 7.8 from 7.10. It seems that there is more concentration on improving the newer cards which makes sence i guess.
Dont know if the Nvidia drivers work the same way seems they could well be similar but i have seen a few posts recently about the older series cards going wrong after driver updates and wondered if something similar was happening with the Nvidia drivers.
Just thought i would share it with you incase it proves founded, you could try reverting to a driver version you knew worked well, at this point it cant hurt and if nothing else you will have ruled something else out.
January 19, 2008 10:15:57 AM

Thanks for the tip, mac, but that thought did in fact cross my mind. I installed the drivers that came with my card, but nothing changed. I submitted an RMA request, so hopefully it will be accepted and I can get this out of my hair.