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Graphics Card gone bad? Or Worse?

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June 10, 2009 5:54:54 AM

So. I launch World of Warcraft. Suddenly, the screen goes haywire. it flickers, distorts, all sorts of weird things, then the program crashes. Try again, same thing. I restart my computer.

Upon Boot up I see a bunch of red dots, and the text looks smeared, along with weird symbols and such. I'm completely boggling at this. So I turn my computer off, open her up and make sure all the fans are clean, I even re-seat the video card. Still the same problem.

I tried reinstalling the drivers, but the computer acted so wonky I couldn't get to the remove programs, so I tried safe mode. Lo and behold, I could get around my computer again. I uninstalled the drivers, used driver sweeper, and reinstalled them. Nothing. Still the same problem.

However I am able to access my computer in safe mode with networking, as I'm writing this on that computer. Though the desktop background shows red lines through the black of the safe mode desktop.

So. Long story. Does this sound like a graphics card clonking out? I've got a 8800 GTX Evga video card. OH! And I did switch my RAM out when it acted funny, no go there. So I at least know it isn't my RAM. :p 
June 10, 2009 6:18:42 AM

Krazedhermit said:
OH! And I did switch my RAM out when it acted funny, no go there. So I at least know it isn't my RAM. :p 


Damn! I was sure it was the RAM :pfff: 

Does your mobo have on-board graphics? That would be the easiest way to check it.
Could be temps, even if you checked to see if the fans are clean, because you never mentioned turning up the fan speed.
However, this does sound like your graphics card is going bad.
June 10, 2009 6:25:02 AM

Nope. Didn't check of any of that. My motherboard doesn't have onboard graphics.
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June 10, 2009 7:33:04 AM

It's the EVGA card. If it's still under warranty, better to to RMA it.
June 10, 2009 11:29:42 AM

Sounds like a bad graphics card
June 10, 2009 12:17:45 PM

I figured. I have no idea how long it'll take to RMA it, so I ordered a GTX 275. Which is quite a bit better than my 8800 GTX. If by some crappy luck it isn't the video card, I can return it to Newegg... I still may get the card RMAed. Just to have a backup card. Having backup parts is awesome.
June 10, 2009 4:09:39 PM

Krazedhermit said:
Having backup parts is awesome.


+1 :D 
June 10, 2009 5:19:50 PM

yeah do that, but you might wanna check that your card is bad first by checking it another computer
June 10, 2009 9:38:02 PM

Amg said:
yeah do that, but you might wanna check that your card is bad first by checking it another computer


Sadly. I don't have another computer with a PCI-E slot. The other computer in the house is AGP still.
June 27, 2009 11:52:53 PM

rmay time if you haven't already xD
July 5, 2009 7:00:14 PM

Wow this is The exact same problem i am having, froze while playing wow had to hard reboot it then come up with the smudged boot up text then red lines or dots in safe mode. blue screen of death if i let it boot up normally. oh and also a 8800gt card.
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