Lately have had graphic artifacts appearing in every game I have trying to figure out what is keeping me from gaming lately....I have Nvidia 460 GTX with the latest drivers, AMD Athlon x64 X2 with and Asus M2N-SLI motherboard with latest drivers. I haven't really been having any lag problems just things not what they should be graphically.
I just ran a memtest that ran smoothly....anyone that has an idea of what to try to get things back to normal I am all ears.
Furmark is a good stress tester
(just google it-free)
I also like HWinfo32 or Hwinfo64 depending on 32bit or 64bit OS
for a monitoring program
check temps under load for about a half hour
also check card and make sure it is clean
blow out with canned air,compressor or hair dryer
be surprised even in the cleanest houses how fast dust builds up
on electronic parts
if it is just recently after a driver update
consider going back to an older more stable driver
I actually stopped updating my GPU drivers after the card has been out
for a year or so
I will read the driver updates and see if anything applies
but usually with an older series of cards (more than a year)
you wont see too many changes
unless a game you play has a problem and there is a driver hotfix for it
then really no need to update
also try pulling the card,wiping connector edge with isopropyl alcohol
and reseating it
cards like to wiggle around in the slots
also can build up a clear film on gold edge connectors
(iron oxide-beginning of rust)
especially in salt water climates
I updated the drivers because NFS: The Run was pissy about drivers.
You just mean medical alcohol....?
Live in Arizona, no salt water here
I don't think it is heat the artifacts show up to soon but going to find Furmark now.....I have checked the temps (I have had computers I could have grilled steak on) so I know to check temps.....will stress and get let you know how that goes.
I would test any of the games that had issues for at least 10 minutes each
just for peace of mind if you have the time
but sound good
try it out for a day or two and report back
even if it is all working good
let me know
I get emotionally involved in these things you know
years of fixing computers (I have a small computer repair business; I will send you the bill later if it works good LOL)
and it still gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling when it works out for somebody
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