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Nvidia geforce 8800 problems

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January 10, 2011 2:22:42 PM

Hello, my brother now is having problems with his 8800gt 512mb graphics card which has been seizing up after short amount of time while playing games causing his computer to freeze all the way and now nothing shows up on the monitor. He tells me that there was an error message that told him the GPU had seized up. Is this a sign that His video card had died? Thanks for any help.

ram: 4gb
motherboard: ASUS m2n - 560 SLI
CPU: AMD Athlon 2 X4 Processor 2.9 GHz with 2mb cache
power: apevizx 500 watt
a c 158 U Graphics card
January 10, 2011 5:43:39 PM

Yes, the video card is almost certainly dead.
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a c 171 U Graphics card
January 10, 2011 6:05:39 PM

Or its heating up to much and is freezing. The 8800 is now an older card so it might just have its heatsink clogged with dust. Open the case and remove the card and see if that helps. If not, the card needs to be replaced.
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January 10, 2011 8:59:44 PM

Somehow it managed to overheat. It only had a little bit of dust on it and when removed and placed back in it acted a little strange then stopped working now my brother is going to haft to get use to a 7200 until the replacement arrives. Thanks for the quick responses.
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January 10, 2011 9:09:20 PM

This just happened to me and I opened the case tried to turn on the computer and smoke came from the GFX card. I also got a flashing power light on the computer that would prevent me from turning it on. As soon as i removed the gfx card and put in a cheap replacent for the time everything was fine
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a c 171 U Graphics card
January 11, 2011 12:54:34 AM

maybe the fan failed.
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a c 158 U Graphics card
January 11, 2011 12:48:33 PM

For some reason the 8800 has a pretty high failure rate, maybe it's just a very hot chip. I got one off craigslist that was a fresh in the box RMA return, out of the box it failed in any 3D work.
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a c 172 U Graphics card
January 11, 2011 3:33:05 PM

The problem is due to the single slot cooler. As for failure rate it is due only to the cooler. The G92 is one gpu that can be abused and the G80 just swap the crap cooler and oven back but don't ask for tips on how to do that here as most here don't know jack.
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