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How do you know if your graphics card has gone bad

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
October 8, 2009 2:28:15 AM

i have a problem and i dont know what it is anytime i am on the internet for more then 20 min my computer gets really laggy i play world of warcraft for more then 10 min it does the same thing i dont know if it may be the graphics card not sure new to computers any help would be great! not sure where to publish this sorry if its in the wrong place.

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a b U Graphics card
October 8, 2009 2:30:38 AM

This is a fine place to ask. One quick thing to check, do you have Anti-virus/Adware/etc software that has been recently updated and done a full scan of the computer?

Other things to try first: a registry cleaner, defrag, new video drivers.

And also, if you could post full system specs, that would help.
October 8, 2009 2:39:04 AM

sorry new to computers how would i find the full system specs
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a b U Graphics card
October 8, 2009 2:41:40 AM

Do you have XP? A quick way (should work on Vista, though it may be a little different) is go to start > Run > and type 'dxdiag' (without quotes) then just copy over the info on the first screen. That will get us the basics.
October 8, 2009 2:46:00 AM

perating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.090206-1233)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: MSI
System Model: MS-7350
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 3072MB RAM
Page File: 329MB used, 4627MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.2180 32bit Unicode

that what you need?
October 8, 2009 2:52:10 AM

I would recommend going to and getting this program: Advance systemcare personal. Just search "advance systemcare"

Since you're new to computers, its' a fairly easy way to clean out all the junk files, repair registry issues, get rid of adware/spyware, and so on. And you just have to click one button to do it. So it's worth a try. I even use it for quick maintenance myself.
October 8, 2009 3:52:58 AM

i downloaded it ran all of them and i still get the lag after 10-20 min of game play any other suggestions?
October 8, 2009 5:22:21 AM

What are your temps?
a b U Graphics card
October 8, 2009 10:50:39 AM

Use HWMonitor (CPUID). Start it once you log in and jot down the temps. Then play a game or do something. It will record the highest temps reached. Then let us know what those are too.
October 8, 2009 1:32:02 PM

gpu core temp 44-51c
tmpin0 temp 43-63c
tmpin1 temp 29-30c
HDD temp 32-32c

not sure if this is the info you are looking for
October 9, 2009 12:22:47 AM

nvidia mcp temp

cpu temp-82c thats from bios any time i run cpuid it says 255c-255c
mainboard-this read kinda high i think 208-210c

fintek f71882f temp

tmpin0 45c-71c
tmpin1 28c-30c

geforce 7100 gs temp

gpu core 43c-48c

hdt722525dla380 temp

HDD 32c-32c