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July 12, 2010 7:42:51 PM

Hi everybody,

I'm not sure where the best place was to put this thread; seeing as I built the computer, I suppose it'll go here. Feel free to move it there's a more appropriate board for it to live in.

So, recently I've noticed that whenever I've started up my PC there's been a few green pixels which move around where there should be black pixels, and tend to crowd around objects on screen. I turned on my PC to take an example video and... well... you can see SOMETHING's not right.

My thoughts are either a failing graphics card or PSU. I haven't done any overclocking, and my PSU was able to handle two graphics cards at once (I had my old 9800GTX+ in there for PhysX earlier), so I'm thinking it's more likely a graphics card problem. I don't think it's a cable or monitor problem because 99% of the time it's fine.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance,
BrutalSpoon

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July 12, 2010 7:55:42 PM

Sorry for the double post - I'd edit the one I just made but for some reason the forum's forbidding me to edit my message :s

For those who can't be bothered to leave the page, here's an embedded version of the video:


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July 12, 2010 8:39:22 PM

i think its your graphics card. try using the card on another computer and see if you get similar results
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July 12, 2010 9:26:32 PM

What resolution is is your screen running at ?

Can you download GPUZ and see what your gpu temperature is? Could be over-heating.
July 12, 2010 9:36:29 PM

itadakimasu said:
What resolution is is your screen running at ?

Can you download GPUZ and see what your gpu temperature is? Could be over-heating.


I'm running it at 1440x900, but it's not like it's going to be overloaded on the bios and boot screens, is it?

The card is now idling at 46°C, which does seem a bit on the hot side.

For the record (somehow I managed to not include this) it's an XFX 5850.
July 12, 2010 9:52:00 PM

DEFINITELY video card. RMA it
July 12, 2010 9:53:24 PM

aberchonbie said:
DEFINITELY video card. RMA it


Okay, thanks! I'll get on to XFX right away.
July 12, 2010 9:59:29 PM

brutalspoon said:

The card is now idling at 46°C, which does seem a bit on the hot side.



For the record 46°C on idle is not hot it's pretty normal.


July 12, 2010 10:02:00 PM

1tym said:
For the record 46°C on idle is not hot it's pretty normal.


Ah, that's good to know. Thanks for the reference!
July 13, 2010 2:35:13 AM

1tym said:
For the record 46°C on idle is not hot it's pretty normal.


doesn't mean his card isn't defective.. green spots? on a new card? MOST LIKELY a card issue, ESPECIALLY if it's running in card specs
July 13, 2010 3:20:53 AM

aberchonbie said:
doesn't mean his card isn't defective.. green spots? on a new card? MOST LIKELY a card issue, ESPECIALLY if it's running in card specs


I never said it wasn't defective. In fact I agree with you that it is. All I said was that 46°C on idle is not hot. Do you agree with that?
July 13, 2010 3:56:04 AM

yeap, it's not hot. it's normal
July 13, 2010 7:11:27 AM

Once again I just want to thank you guys for the advice and benchmarks. Tom's Hardware forums and the people in it really are awesome.

I've sent XFX a support ticket which they should hopefully reply to sometime today. For the record, the card (and the rest of the components) is about 6 months old. Not that it really makes its failure any more acceptable, but just adding some more information to the melting pot.
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