Nvidia PNY GTS 250 1 gig

Hi everyone! I've run into a bit of a problem. I built a new pc, and decided to buy a PNY XLR8 gts 250 PCIe video card. However, i've been having problems with it. Any time i try to run a modern 3d game (Fallout 3, Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, Crysis, etc) the game plays perfectly for about 10 mins, then sends the monitor into powersave mode, and loops the audio. The average temp after this happens for the GPU is about 65 degrees. I've been watching speedfan, and everything seems to be in a normal heat range. Any ideas before I RMA this?

Operating System: Windows Vista™ Ultimate (6.0, Build 6001) Service Pack 1 (6001.vistasp1_gdr.090302-1506)
System Manufacturer: BIOSTAR Group
System Model: TA790GX XE
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) 9950 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.6GHz
Memory: 4094MB RAM
Page File: 1536MB used, 6888MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 10
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 6.00.6001.18000 64bit Unicode
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce GTS 250
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0615&SUBSYS_0593196E&REV_A2
Display Memory: 2799 MB
Dedicated Memory: 1007 MB
Shared Memory: 1791 MB
Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: ACER AL2016W

There is onboard video, but I have yet to see it displayed in windows.
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  1. Hi, I have almost the same problem, here's the post I started some time ago, maybe one of the tips can be useful to you:


    If your onboard video is ATI, try deleting all related drivers and then disabling it directly from bios, so it causes no conflict with the nvidia hardware. Also, make sure your PSU has 450 or more wattage, and if it can provide enough power for the card.

  2. Wow man a lot of people having this problem, i posted abt this before but no one responded. I believe it is a driver problem. Try using nvidia 182.50 drivers. Also download riva tuner and turn the fan speed all the way to 100%, and adjust your frequency inside rivatuner and see if the problem goes away, this fixed my problem, i had almost 95% same problem.
  3. Unfortunately, scaling back to the older drivers didn't work. I have also re-seated the card and the 12 volt rail. The 12 volt rail seems to be giving me 12.03 v when windows is running. When the PC is starting, it says it is delivering 11.98 v.

    Any other ideas? or did i get a faulty card?
  4. Maybe the power supply isn't providing enough Amperage to the video card.
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