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Think this is a Video Card problem?

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March 16, 2010 4:18:27 AM

My system is this:

XP Pro SP3

EVGA GT7950 512 Video card

Acer Al2051W monitor

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128394

AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX250OCGQBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103681

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4 - Retail

2 Western Digital Caviar GP WD5000AACS 500GB 5400 to 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136149

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817371016


I use my system mainly for playing SWG and web surfing with a little MS office thrown in once in awhile.

Started a few weeks ago, would be playing SWG and then the screen would go to <no signal> then black like the system would hang. Fixed it by hitting the reboot button, then it got to the point I'd have to hard reboot the system to clear it and then finally the system would not show anything on the monitor at all.

Fixed it by switching to the analog side of the monitor and using an adapter on cable to connect to the video card. This worked for a few days until now I cannot play the game at all without the screen going to <no signal> then black.

I ran a monitor test program<passmark monitor test program) thru it and it worked fine.

When I tried to run <video card stability test> or <3d Mark> thru it the system does the exact same thing, plays for a few seconds then straight to <no signal> black screen that can only be corrected by manually rebooting the system. I can do light web surfing etc with the system but nothing more.

I'm thinking the video card is almost dead, anyone else agree?

Can anyone suggest nice replacement for it in the $150.00 range?

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a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 9:31:26 AM

Can you try stress testing your CPU first? Use something like prime95. Then use HWMonitor to check your temps. It might just be overheating. If you can run prime95 longer than you can run 3Dmark can then you might have a video card problem. For 150, how about a GTS 250?
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a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 9:45:00 AM

Is the card getting hot? Fan still working correctly?
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a c 189 U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 3:25:04 PM

Agree, check your card temps...
Reseated the card and re-apply the thermal paste can be helpful sometimes... :) 
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March 16, 2010 5:30:11 PM

gracefully said:
Can you try stress testing your CPU first? Use something like prime95. Then use HWMonitor to check your temps. It might just be overheating. If you can run prime95 longer than you can run 3Dmark can then you might have a video card problem. For 150, how about a GTS 250?



I downloaded and ran both programs. I can Prime95 forever without any trouble, but when I try to run 3dmark it will go thru the first test (the wwII bombers & fighters) and then stops(black screen <no signal> a few seconds into the 2nd test (when the soldiers enter the elevator), When it stops the 7950 GPU temp is 59C up from 52C, after a soft reboot (pushing the reboot button) it starts up again and then when I run 3dmark again the system stops (black screen <no signal>) about half way into the first test and then I cannot soft reboot it, I have to turn the power off then on again to reboot the system.

I'm more convinced now then ever that it is the video card. Anyone else agree?
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a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2010 1:52:59 AM

59C is way too cold to trigger a video card's protection schemes. For the last test, try FurMark. That is the single most stressful program you can run on the GPU. If your system hangs again, then it is indeed a video card problem, as far as I think.

Are you using the latest drivers for the 7950?
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March 17, 2010 3:13:06 PM

gracefully said:
59C is way too cold to trigger a video card's protection schemes. For the last test, try FurMark. That is the single most stressful program you can run on the GPU. If your system hangs again, then it is indeed a video card problem, as far as I think.

Are you using the latest drivers for the 7950?


Yup the latest drivers and as soon as it started running Furmark it hung again. Ran it again after reboot and it hung again, so I'm ordering this card today:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hope this solves my problems?
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a b U Graphics card
March 18, 2010 2:40:21 AM

Good decision for a replacement card. Hopefully, it does resolve your issues.
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