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July 6, 2008 10:16:40 PM

Hey guys, I'm having a graphical error in a few games that I play. I hope this is the right forum for this post. It started since I returned from my vacation last week. I don't know if it's a problem with the Graphics card or another one of my computer's parts. I need help with what this error is called and any way I can fix it.

Basically after I play a game for a few minutes the picture will get distorted and images from the games code will pop-up. Here's a few pictures of what it looks like.
http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn96/shdwember/Scree...
http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn96/shdwember/Scree...
http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn96/shdwember/Scree...
http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn96/shdwember/Scree...

It's starting to happen in a few of my other games like Lost Planet, WoW, Crysis. They have been working fine for months, I haven't changed any settings on anything.

I'm using a eVGA Geforce 8800GS. I can post my other system specs if needed.

Any help would be hot.

July 6, 2008 10:37:58 PM

Failing video RAM maybe

If you have a second video card, try that and see what happens. If its been working fine up to this point i'd say that is likely it. Could be a power supply issue too, so try that if you have a spare; although that is less likely.

I'd say its a dyin card, it happens.
July 6, 2008 10:39:45 PM

yeah i would say its a bad card too
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July 6, 2008 10:45:02 PM

Bad driver(did you upgrade drivers?)
Bad system ram(does the system ever random BSOD?)
Bad video card - since it happens in a few min, i am betting on this one
Low power, unlikely, but can happen
July 6, 2008 10:53:11 PM

I made an account just so I can reply to this one =P
try cleaning your card with compressed air... happens to my old x800xl all the tim. a quick dust and those weird artifacts are gone, just make sure you get to all those little crevices (i advise you pull the card out before you do this... for obvious reasons)
July 6, 2008 10:54:22 PM

It's not the driver since I reinstalled it more than 4 times.
I don't think it's the ram, so that pretty much leaves the video card.

It might be the power supply since my computer shut off on it's own a few days ago. Only happened once though.
July 6, 2008 10:56:41 PM

eklipz330 said:
I made an account just so I can reply to this one =P
try cleaning your card with compressed air... happens to my old x800xl all the tim. a quick dust and those weird artifacts are gone, just make sure you get to all those little crevices (i advise you pull the card out before you do this... for obvious reasons)



Heh heh thanks! I'll try it and see if it works.
July 6, 2008 11:30:39 PM

Eberwolf said:
It's not the driver since I reinstalled it more than 4 times.
I don't think it's the ram, so that pretty much leaves the video card.

It might be the power supply since my computer shut off on it's own a few days ago. Only happened once though.


could be a heating problem,[shutting off by itself??] of either video ram,or main ram,try another psu???:) 
July 11, 2008 12:27:54 AM

Hmm well I'm still getting problems. I reinstalled the drivers twice again. I also took out the graphics card and used compressed air to clean it. No good.

I've also gotten a message every once in a while saying "The nv4_disp display driver has stopped working normally. Save your work and reboot the system to restore full display functionality." if that helps any.

At this point I'm thinking it's either the Graphics Card or PSU

My PSU is 500 Watt with a +12 Volt current rating of 22 Amps. I realize the graphics card requires 450 watts with around 26 Amps. It's just strange that it's was working fine a few months and it only now just started happening.

As for the time it shut off by itself, it hasn't happened again.
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