Dual EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 120mm SSO CPU Cooler - Retail
Logitech G5 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Laser Mouse - Retail
5x Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM.
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
Logitech G11 Silver & Black USB Standard Gaming Keyboard - Retail
DFI LANPARTY JR X58-T3H6 LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
2x G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ - Retail
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
So I installed XP 64 bits.
When I installed warcraft III and when I alt tab my screen turns black but the system is still running.
Everything is fine except that the monitor turns black and i have no clue how to fix it other then switching the connector to the other 260 after shutting the computer.
So apparently if I shutdown my computer and I restart it; it will load the OS but then the screen will black out again.
The only way I found that will temporary fix this is taking off the power and replugging the monitor back onto the graphics card. But then again if i want to alt-tab in games anyhow the screen will turn black again. Is it a driver issue?
I even installed the driver that came with the 260's.
Is it my graphic card? Or is it something else?
It's been bugging me.
More info: I am running on 8gb/12gb ddr because I still haven't re-adjust the power output on the ram slots.
No don't do that. Vista is pretty well built. I run into blank screen while gaming or switching back from gaming from time to time. Just press CTRL ALT DEL & select task mgr, then right-click kill the offending program/process in memory. Works every time.
I also made a few keyboard shortcuts to shut down, abort shutdown & kill explorer in the event I need them.
Update vista, drivers & games. If no luck, run 3dmark in a loop for 5-8 hours: