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Strange error when booting windows

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February 26, 2010 4:35:51 AM

Okay so here's my problem, I turn on my pc, starts up, I see the loading windows screen with the blue background and all, then the moment windows loads up I get this garbage mess of pink pixels in some weird pattern, also the system startup noise is all garbled. Here's the screen I get:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3046224/pc3.jpg
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3046224/pc2.jpg
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3046224/pc1.jpg

Thought it was the graphics card, so I sent it in for an RMA, it arrived, same problem, sent that one back got another RMA, same problem. Doesn't happen with my Geforce 8600 GTX however. Also the problem won't occur when AERO is turned off in windows 7. Tried with different installs of windows on different hard drives and on a different motherboard with different CPUs, only factor seems to be the graphics card running things in 3d (Aero in this case) My guess would be the PSU, since 3 graphics cards with the same problem is highly unlikely, maybe not sending enough voltage for the computer to boot aero or something. Anyways I'm mentally pooped from messing around as am completely out of ideas, this is the strangest error I've ever had

PC:

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
EVGA 01G-P3-1280-TR GeForce GTX 280
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
XFX nForce 750i SLI Extreme Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 Processor BX80580Q8200
a b B Homebuilt system
February 26, 2010 7:16:13 AM

I'd be surprised if a 750 watt isn't enough. Although I suppose that it's possible that the PCI-e plug is defective or something (since I bet the ones you tested don't use it or don't use it as much.)

Have you tried the graphics card in question in someone elses complete computer? Or different versions of drivers?
February 26, 2010 8:34:44 AM

I havent put it in a completely new computer, the PSU and RAM were still from mine, everything else was different, but still had the same problem. I also tried the GFX card in the 2nd PCI-e slot, since my mobo has 2 for 2 way SLI, and it still had the same problem. Also, yes, I've tried 3 different drivers, 2 were tested on a fresh install of windows
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 26, 2010 2:25:36 PM

Since they've approved multiple RMA's what did the makers say about this? I've never seen it either.
February 26, 2010 5:04:38 PM

I haven't notified them about the 3rd one having the same problem since i'm convinced that 3 graphics cards can't have the same exact bizarre issue, however the guy wasn't familiar with this issue. The computer is less then a year old, and I have had no problems with overheating or anything like that.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 26, 2010 6:55:58 PM

I would agree. The only thing I could think of to try would be to put it into literally one of your friends computers and seeing what happens.
February 26, 2010 10:51:57 PM

False_Dmitry_II said:
I would agree. The only thing I could think of to try would be to put it into literally one of your friends computers and seeing what happens.

I'll try that when I get a chance, thanks for the tip.
a b B Homebuilt system
a c 212 U Graphics card
February 26, 2010 11:14:21 PM

Uninstall all nVidia and ATi drivers .... run driversweeper to remove all registry leftovers. Boot to plain vanilla windoze ... problem still there ?


a b B Homebuilt system
February 27, 2010 5:18:30 AM

Those steps are not helpful as he has literally reformatted windows to try and fix this. I'd think doing that would have covered the sort of thing you're suggesting.
March 1, 2010 10:19:15 PM

took out my PSU and moved it on top of the computer and now its working... I don't know what emotion I should be experiencing D:
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