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Artifacting and crashing on an 8800GT

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July 22, 2008 3:08:54 PM

Hey everyone:
I have a problem that I am unable to solve, and I am turning to you for help. Im running GeForce 8800GT with 512MB RAM and recently I've been having an artifacting and crashing problem. Thing is, the card has worked beautifully for more than 6 months and even more startling is that fact that older games are making it artifact and crash. Games like Far Cry and F.E.A.R. (Crysis however, will not crash even on the absolute highest I can get). I've used RivaTuner to crank my fan speeds up to 100% all the time and this seems to prolong playing time significantly, but it will crash at one point or another. The core temperatures don't get dangerously high under load (about 65C - 68C).

Could it be my graphics RAM overheating? These games weren't optomized to run at 1680 x 1050 which puts more stress on the video RAM. I tried running FEAR on a lower resolution and it still crashed. Even with the side panel off and a space fan blowing in the case, the game will crash at one point or another.

Could it also be CPU overheating? Is there a way to test?

Current setup (all stock cooling except for 100% graphics card fan speed and the space fan blowing in my case):
- Asus M2-N32 SLI Deluxe motherboard
- AMD Athlon X2 6400+
- Galaxy GeForce 8800GT 512MB
- 2GB (2 x 1GB) Kingston 667MHz
- 600w CoolerMaster power supply
- 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm

Thanks in advance.

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July 22, 2008 3:15:22 PM

Can you try a different graphics card?
July 22, 2008 3:18:34 PM

Not in the immediate future. However, a friend of mine has the exact same card. Should I try swapping it in when i have the chance?
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July 22, 2008 3:34:40 PM

Yes, I suspect the video card is bad.
July 22, 2008 3:44:15 PM

Even with more than 6 months of use without a problem?
July 22, 2008 4:20:28 PM

The vram is first to go usually. Luckily you're still in waranty
July 22, 2008 4:34:32 PM

:sweat: 
anyone know how good www.ncix.com return policy is?
*very sad
July 22, 2008 6:31:42 PM

MASSIVE PROBLEM:
I just remembered the "WARRANTY VOID IF REMOVED" sticker FELL OFF.
How screwed am I?
July 22, 2008 6:38:29 PM

HYREN said:
MASSIVE PROBLEM:
I just remembered the "WARRANTY VOID IF REMOVED" sticker FELL OFF.
How screwed am I?


Woah, yikes, bro I feel for you man! Find it if you can or else you're stuck buying a new card.:( 
July 22, 2008 6:45:01 PM

What if I were to, say, switch boxes and packaging with a friend and get the sticker on his card and put it on mine...
What are the odds of that working?
July 22, 2008 6:52:48 PM

Mmmm....Well it cannot be a dust problem with those temps...
Sounds like a card problem, but do you have access to another PSU just to rule that out?

NCIX have been very good anytime I've had to return anything. I'd definitely give it a shot...sticker or no sticker.

The Canuck
July 22, 2008 7:03:26 PM

The box has the same serial as the sticker. Either that or the receipt should have the real serial number. I know this cuase when you buy a wifi card from frys they scan the serial number also so they know the right serial.
July 22, 2008 7:07:15 PM

Screw it, ill take this oppertuinity to upgrade.
9800GTX here I come.
!