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March 17, 2008 10:08:02 PM

I built my computer myself 8 months ago and it has been working fine up until recently. I was able to play Battlefield 2 fine. But yesterday, I fired it up and my computer completely locked up on the first intro screen. So I went into dxdiag and tested the directdraw and the direct3d and the direct3d locked up immediately just like the game did.

I reinstalled the graphics drivers, but no help there. I ran memtest for 2 hours and it was fine there. System temp is good. PSU must be good - the computer has run fine for 8 months.

So what do you think the problem is?
Is the graphics card shot?

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a b Î Nvidia
March 17, 2008 10:13:07 PM

Is anything overclocked? I've had a graphics OC go bad. All I had to do then was lower the clock a few MHz.
March 18, 2008 12:34:58 AM

no. everything is stock settings including the graphics card.
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March 18, 2008 12:47:20 AM

Lockups are great.... until the police arrive.
March 18, 2008 12:50:12 AM

lol wiseass
March 18, 2008 1:52:44 AM

Fans working on the GPU? Dust all blown out, nice and clean? Sounds like maybe an overheating GPU???
March 18, 2008 1:54:49 AM

Get some canned air, you can grab it from walmart for like 5 bucks, blow out all the fans and your heatsinks, including the one on your video card. Also, if it continues, maybe consider a pci slot cooler and put that directly under your card to give some ventilation, also perhaps a few case fans to get some more air flow.
March 18, 2008 1:57:01 AM

ohiou_grad_06 said:
Get some canned air, you can grab it from walmart for like 5 bucks.


Will canned tuna do? I have some of that.
a b Î Nvidia
March 18, 2008 1:57:03 AM

Does your Video Card have a temp sensor? If it did locked right after a cold start I'd be surprised if it was overheating. What are your system specs?
March 18, 2008 2:11:31 AM

wait. maybe it is my temperature lol.
mobo: 51 C
cpu: 51 C
Aux: 52 C
GPU 63 C
HD: 37 C (in the front of the case)


I just moved my computer into a corner closet-ish area with little ventilation.
March 18, 2008 2:20:59 AM

Even if those temps are high, why would testing direct3d under dxdiag lockup immediately?
March 18, 2008 2:21:12 AM

Jam a large fan into your case and set it to high speed, then need never worry about temps again.
a b Î Nvidia
March 18, 2008 2:50:14 AM

Yeah myn, I agree. Overheating shouldn't be that consistent/immediate.
March 18, 2008 3:35:38 AM

myn said:
wait. maybe it is my temperature lol.
mobo: 51 C
cpu: 51 C
Aux: 52 C
GPU 63 C
HD: 37 C (in the front of the case)


I just moved my computer into a corner closet-ish area with little ventilation.



have your temps gone down? the temps that you reported are in the 120-160f range,do not rely upon the psu's fan to vent your case get another exhaust fan in there like fast,say a not so fast 120m,,and "come out of the closet.":) 
March 18, 2008 4:06:38 AM

EXT64 said:
Yeah myn, I agree. Overheating shouldn't be that consistent/immediate.



So... what is actually the problem here?
March 18, 2008 4:52:27 AM

If it's not overheating, I'd suspect either a power issue or driver issue. Download speedfan and see what the voltages on your Power supply read. Could be your power supply is slowly dying and does not show symptoms until you start putting a load on it(ie playing a game). Also, make sure you have the latest patches/drivers installed to eliminate another possibility, and be sure any power cables going to the card are firmly plugged in.
March 18, 2008 5:07:59 AM

It could also be a volt reg on the mobo going south on you....

Can you try a different video card on that system? I've heard that the XFX 8800 series cards have some problems with certain hardware configurations..
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