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Spiky corruption in Mafia II

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March 4, 2011 2:10:26 AM

I've been seeing spike like corruption in Mafia II. This happens as soon as I start playing so i don't think heating is the cause. I haven't seen it in any other game that I played (COD: Black Ops and Mass Effect). The only other program where I see it is in the 3D Immersed interface of Moovida.

System Specs:
AMD Phenom X2 550 @ stock speed
ATI Radeon HD 4850 with Catalyst 11.1
4GB DDR2 RAM
550W PSU
Win7 32


I've tried going back to Catalyst 10.6, but I still see the spikes. A few weeks ago I took apart my card to clean out the fan and heatsink. The corruption started after that. So did I screw up something?? Any help is appreciated.




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March 4, 2011 2:42:20 AM

that's what's known as 'aliasing'
a common problem where straight lines become spiky or jagged
this is easily solved by using 'anti aliasing'
check the graphic settings in Mafia 2 or force anti aliasing in the catalyst control centre.
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March 4, 2011 2:55:47 AM

That is not aliasing my friend :) . That is a graphical corruption.
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March 4, 2011 3:09:23 AM

LOL
sorry i thought that was actually part of the scenery (some kind of bridge...)

have you tried reinstalling mafia 2?
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March 4, 2011 3:13:31 AM

I'm not sure that would help. I had been playing it for some time without any trouble before this happened.
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March 4, 2011 3:47:13 AM

Only thing I can say is uninstall your drivers, then run Driver Sweeper to make sure they are gone after powering back up, power down and reseat the graphics card in the pci-e slot. Reinstall your drivers, then try the game again. If its still present, get rid of the drivers again via same process minus re-seating the gpu, and try a different driver release. If its happening on more then just Mafia 2 then that's all that I can think of that could possibly fix the issue. If that doesn't fix the issue, could be your card is going bad.
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March 4, 2011 4:08:47 AM

I'll give this a try. I'll also try logging the temp readings as I play Mafia II so that I can eliminate overheating as a cause. Is there any tool that would help narrow down the cause??
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March 6, 2011 4:05:33 AM

I logged the temps while playing Mafia II. I started seeing corruption as soon as I got into the game.

Date , GPU Temp[°C] , GPU Load [%] , GPU Temp.(DISPIO) [°C] , GPU Temp.(MEMIO) [°C] , GPU Temp.(SHADERCORE) [°C] ,

2011-03-06 11:23:17 , 56.0 , 0 , 56.5 , 73.5 , 68.5 ,
2011-03-06 11:23:20 , 56.0 , 0 , 56.5 , 71.0 , 68.0 ,
2011-03-06 11:23:21 , 56.0 , 5 , 56.5 , 70.0 , 67.5 ,
2011-03-06 11:23:22 , 56.0 , 5 , 56.5 , 70.0 , 67.5 ,
2011-03-06 11:25:01 , 65.0 , 3 , 64.5 , 79.5 , 76.5 ,
2011-03-06 11:25:02 , 64.0 , 2 , 65.0 , 79.5 , 76.5 ,
2011-03-06 11:25:09 , 62.0 , 0 , 63.0 , 78.0 , 74.5 ,
2011-03-06 11:25:10 , 63.0 , 3 , 63.0 , 77.5 , 74.5 ,
2011-03-06 11:25:11 , 62.0 , 2 , 63.0 , 77.0 , 74.5 ,
2011-03-06 11:25:12 , 63.0 , 3 , 62.5 , 77.0 , 74.0 ,
2011-03-06 11:25:13 , 62.0 , 4 , 62.5 , 77.0 , 74.0 ,
2011-03-06 11:25:14 , 62.0 , 5 , 62.0 , 77.0 , 74.0 ,
2011-03-06 11:25:15 , 62.0 , 2 , 62.5 , 77.0 , 74.0 ,
2011-03-06 11:29:55 , 66.0 , 2 , 67.0 , 81.5 , 78.5 ,
2011-03-06 11:29:57 , 66.0 , 3 , 67.0 , 81.0 , 78.0 ,
2011-03-06 11:29:58 , 66.0 , 3 , 66.5 , 81.5 , 78.0 ,

Do the readings look above normal??
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March 6, 2011 5:16:08 AM

what did you use to get these temps?
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March 6, 2011 3:00:39 PM

I used GPUZ. Actually I saw later that the readings were not recorded while I was playing. I had forgotten to check the option "'Continue refreshing..."Here's another set of readings. Can someone please confirm if these are high enough to cause the corruption I've mentioned?


Date GPU Tem [°C] , GPU Load [%] , Temp.(DISPIO) [°C] , Temp.(MEMIO) [°C] , Temp.(SHADERCORE) [°C]
2011-03-06 12:13:11 , 58.0 , 0 , 60.0 , 75.5 , 71.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:12 , 61.0 , 0 , 61.5 , 79.5 , 75.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:13 , 63.0 , 0 , 63.0 , 82.0 , 77.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:14 , 63.0 , 31 , 63.5 , 82.5 , 78.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:15 , 63.0 , 39 , 63.5 , 82.5 , 78.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:16 , 64.0 , 42 , 64.0 , 83.0 , 78.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:17 , 65.0 , 41 , 65.0 , 83.5 , 80.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:18 , 69.0 , 50 , 68.5 , 90.5 , 85.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:19 , 69.0 , 64 , 68.5 , 90.5 , 86.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:20 , 69.0 , 78 , 69.0 , 91.5 , 87.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:21 , 67.0 , 75 , 67.5 , 87.0 , 83.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:22 , 69.0 , 68 , 69.5 , 90.5 , 86.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:23 , 67.0 , 61 , 67.5 , 86.5 , 83.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:24 , 68.0 , 57 , 68.5 , 89.5 , 84.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:25 , 70.0 , 58 , 70.0 , 91.0 , 86.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:26 , 68.0 , 59 , 68.5 , 88.5 , 84.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:27 , 70.0 , 64 , 69.5 , 90.5 , 86.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:28 , 70.0 , 64 , 70.0 , 91.0 , 87.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:29 , 69.0 , 63 , 69.5 , 90.0 , 86.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:30 , 69.0 , 64 , 69.5 , 90.5 , 86.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:31 , 69.0 , 59 , 69.0 , 88.0 , 84.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:32 , 69.0 , 56 , 69.5 , 88.5 , 85.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:33 , 69.0 , 52 , 69.5 , 88.5 , 84.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:34 , 68.0 , 50 , 68.5 , 87.5 , 84.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:35 , 68.0 , 46 , 68.5 , 86.5 , 82.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:36 , 68.0 , 41 , 69.0 , 88.5 , 84.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:37 , 69.0 , 43 , 70.0 , 88.5 , 84.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:38 , 71.0 , 49 , 71.0 , 91.0 , 86.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:39 , 71.0 , 55 , 70.5 , 90.5 , 87.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:40 , 68.0 , 51 , 68.0 , 86.5 , 82.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:41 , 71.0 , 52 , 71.5 , 92.0 , 87.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:42 , 71.0 , 52 , 71.0 , 90.5 , 86.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:43 , 70.0 , 57 , 70.5 , 89.5 , 86.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:44 , 69.0 , 53 , 69.5 , 88.5 , 84.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:45 , 70.0 , 51 , 70.5 , 89.0 , 86.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:46 , 70.0 , 50 , 70.5 , 90.0 , 86.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:48 , 72.0 , 53 , 71.5 , 91.0 , 87.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:49 , 71.0 , 54 , 71.5 , 90.5 , 86.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:50 , 71.0 , 56 , 71.0 , 91.0 , 87.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:51 , 72.0 , 59 , 72.5 , 92.0 , 88.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:52 , 71.0 , 61 , 71.0 , 91.0 , 87.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:53 , 71.0 , 60 , 71.5 , 91.5 , 87.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:54 , 71.0 , 60 , 72.0 , 92.0 , 88.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:55 , 73.0 , 63 , 73.0 , 92.5 , 89.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:56 , 73.0 , 68 , 73.0 , 93.0 , 90.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:57 , 73.0 , 69 , 74.0 , 94.0 , 90.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:58 , 72.0 , 66 , 73.0 , 92.0 , 89.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:13:59 , 71.0 , 60 , 72.0 , 92.5 , 88.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:00 , 72.0 , 58 , 72.0 , 92.0 , 87.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:01 , 71.0 , 57 , 71.0 , 89.5 , 86.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:02 , 69.0 , 45 , 69.0 , 87.0 , 82.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:03 , 71.0 , 36 , 71.5 , 91.0 , 86.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:04 , 71.0 , 36 , 71.0 , 90.5 , 87.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:05 , 71.0 , 47 , 72.0 , 90.5 , 86.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:06 , 71.0 , 51 , 71.0 , 90.5 , 86.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:07 , 72.0 , 51 , 72.0 , 92.0 , 88.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:08 , 72.0 , 53 , 72.5 , 92.0 , 88.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:09 , 71.0 , 53 , 71.0 , 89.0 , 86.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:10 , 74.0 , 51 , 73.0 , 92.0 , 88.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:11 , 72.0 , 53 , 73.0 , 92.0 , 88.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:12 , 73.0 , 58 , 73.5 , 93.0 , 90.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:13 , 73.0 , 63 , 73.5 , 92.5 , 90.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:14 , 72.0 , 64 , 72.5 , 92.5 , 89.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:15 , 73.0 , 59 , 73.0 , 92.0 , 89.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:16 , 72.0 , 58 , 72.5 , 92.5 , 89.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:17 , 74.0 , 57 , 73.5 , 92.5 , 90.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:18 , 74.0 , 63 , 74.0 , 95.0 , 91.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:19 , 74.0 , 65 , 74.5 , 95.0 , 91.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:20 , 74.0 , 67 , 75.0 , 95.0 , 91.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:21 , 75.0 , 68 , 75.0 , 95.0 , 92.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:22 , 75.0 , 69 , 75.5 , 95.0 , 91.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:23 , 76.0 , 70 , 75.0 , 95.0 , 92.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:24 , 73.0 , 65 , 73.5 , 92.5 , 90.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:25 , 74.0 , 64 , 74.5 , 94.5 , 91.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:26 , 74.0 , 61 , 74.5 , 94.5 , 90.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:27 , 74.0 , 62 , 75.0 , 95.0 , 91.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:28 , 76.0 , 64 , 76.0 , 98.0 , 93.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:29 , 76.0 , 70 , 76.0 , 97.0 , 93.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:30 , 75.0 , 70 , 75.0 , 94.5 , 91.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:31 , 75.0 , 68 , 75.0 , 96.5 , 92.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:32 , 73.0 , 61 , 74.0 , 92.5 , 90.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:33 , 73.0 , 55 , 73.5 , 92.5 , 89.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:34 , 74.0 , 50 , 74.0 , 93.5 , 90.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:35 , 74.0 , 51 , 74.5 , 92.5 , 89.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:36 , 73.0 , 52 , 73.5 , 92.0 , 89.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:37 , 74.0 , 51 , 74.5 , 92.5 , 89.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:38 , 75.0 , 54 , 75.0 , 94.5 , 90.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:39 , 73.0 , 55 , 74.0 , 92.5 , 89.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:40 , 73.0 , 56 , 73.5 , 93.5 , 89.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:41 , 73.0 , 55 , 73.0 , 93.0 , 90.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:42 , 73.0 , 51 , 72.5 , 92.0 , 88.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:43 , 73.0 , 49 , 73.0 , 92.5 , 89.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:44 , 74.0 , 52 , 74.5 , 94.5 , 90.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:45 , 75.0 , 61 , 75.5 , 95.5 , 92.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:46 , 75.0 , 66 , 75.0 , 95.5 , 92.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:47 , 75.0 , 66 , 74.5 , 95.0 , 91.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:48 , 75.0 , 64 , 75.5 , 96.5 , 93.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:49 , 75.0 , 68 , 75.5 , 97.0 , 92.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:50 , 74.0 , 70 , 75.0 , 96.0 , 92.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:51 , 75.0 , 71 , 76.0 , 96.5 , 92.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:52 , 77.0 , 69 , 76.0 , 99.0 , 94.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:53 , 76.0 , 70 , 76.0 , 96.5 , 93.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:54 , 74.0 , 65 , 75.0 , 94.0 , 91.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:55 , 75.0 , 64 , 75.5 , 97.0 , 92.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:56 , 78.0 , 65 , 78.0 , 100.5 , 96.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:57 , 78.0 , 74 , 78.0 , 101.0 , 97.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:58 , 78.0 , 82 , 78.0 , 101.0 , 97.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:14:59 , 78.0 , 85 , 78.5 , 101.0 , 98.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:15:01 , 79.0 , 86 , 78.5 , 102.5 , 98.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:15:02 , 79.0 , 86 , 79.5 , 101.5 , 98.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:15:03 , 75.0 , 75 , 75.0 , 94.5 , 91.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:15:04 , 75.0 , 62 , 75.5 , 95.0 , 92.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:15:05 , 79.0 , 60 , 80.0 , 101.5 , 98.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:15:06 , 77.0 , 68 , 78.0 , 98.5 , 95.5 ,
2011-03-06 12:15:07 , 76.0 , 74 , 76.5 , 97.0 , 94.0 ,
2011-03-06 12:15:08 , 77.0 , 69 , 77.0 , 98.0 , 95.0 ,
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March 7, 2011 3:04:55 AM

bumping
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March 9, 2011 3:09:57 PM

Can anyone help with this? The corruption has become worse :( 
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March 22, 2011 4:30:57 AM

Best answer selected by jithint.
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