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Bad video card or something else?

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May 31, 2010 5:56:07 AM

Ok, I am almost 100% sure my video card is bad and can't be salvaged by underclocking but I wanted a second opinion (or as many as I can get). My build is as follows:

Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P mobo, Q9550 @ 3.4Ghz, Nvidia GTS 250 @ Core: 738 Mhz; Shader: 1800Mhz; Mem: 1000Mhz, 4GB DDR2 Ram @ 800mhz, 2 WD 1TB 7200RPM HDD, Thermaltake T9 Gaming case (2 200mm fans), and 550 Diablotech PSU

My problems is that I downloaded and installed Nvidia's perfomance console which enabled clock speed contol and fan contol among other things. Thing is, it also pretty much disabled automatic fan control and it never remembered the fan setting I set, which means my card overheated several times. I started getting tons, and I mean tons, of artifacts, at least one a second. My solution was to underclock my card, but I don't think it worked. Half Life 2 started locking up, and it isn't exactly hard on the GPU. My photo editor stopped working and my video editor also stopped working properly.

Is my card salvageable, if not for gaming perhaps for something else, or should I just scrap it entirely? Any help is appreciated. I had wanted to upgrade and give my current card to my mom who has an Nvidia 8400GS and a phenom ii x4, an unbalanced system. But if my card is bad then I wouldn't be doing her a favor putting it in her computer.

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May 31, 2010 6:31:35 AM

Sounds like it may well be overheated and wrecked, but try it in another computer (i.e. your mom's) and see if you have the same problems. I assume she doesn't game, so it may work as a simple card for just daily use.
It certainly seems like it's pointless to try gaming on it.
But, there may possibly be a way to bring it back that I don't know of.
a c 189 U Graphics card
May 31, 2010 10:11:29 AM

Still on warranty? RMA it then...
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May 31, 2010 6:25:13 PM

wa1 said:
Still on warranty? RMA it then...

It should still be on warranty. Can I just get my money back? I have a crossfire board and thus can't expand easily. I also don't want the card I have. If I wanted an overclocked 9800GTX I would have bought it under that name and not the GTS 250 name. Stupid NVIDIA with their renaming.
May 31, 2010 6:32:57 PM

But wait, doesn't overclocking void your warranty?
a c 189 U Graphics card
May 31, 2010 6:46:47 PM

well, never RMA-ing something before, so i don't know...
Don't tell them you are overclocking your card...
June 10, 2010 7:04:47 AM

Best answer selected by guardianangel42.