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January 18, 2012 11:45:25 AM

Hey all,

I bought the following PC listed below:

1 x Intel Core i7 950 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 3.06GHZ Bloomfield 8MB LGA1366 4.8GT/S
1 x Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H50 High Performance CPU Cooler System LGA775 LGA1366 LGA1156 AM2 AM3
1 x ASUS P6X58D-E X58 ATX LGA1366 3PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFire SLI USB3.0 SATA 6GB/S Motherboard
1 x Corsair XMS3 CMX12GX3M3A2000C9 12GB 3X4GB DDR3-2000 CL9-10-9-27 240PIN Core i7 Memory Kit
1 x XFX Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition 725MHZ 2GB 4GHZ GDRR5 2XDVI Display Port PCI-E Video Card
1 x Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Full Tower Gaming Case ATX 12 Drive Bay No PS Top USB3.0 USB Audio
1 x Corsair HX1000W CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX 20/24PIN ATX 80A 12V Afc Modular Power Supply W/ 140MM Fan
1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Edition 64BIT DVD OEM
1 x Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
1 x LG GH24LS50 24X Super Multi Lightscribe SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

back in October 2010.

Everything was working fine, until last week. I started receving random screen distortions that would start at first looked like with the interent web. Yet video games were working. I thought might be some kind of mal/spy/virus possbily so I did all my scans found nothing. I got tired said meh and formatted.

After formatting, I installed newest video drivers and continued on. It occured again, and now it somtimes occurs in games and just opening different windows.

From here I did the following:

- Ran memtest86+ (passed)
- Ran prime95 (passed)
- updated my mobo drivers (doubt this would be the problem since occured before and after a format randomly almost 1.5 years later)

I'm guessing it is a video card issue. I will get a screen grab next time it occurs but it's like the picture because distorted and it's all little squares.

Any help would be great.

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January 18, 2012 4:54:31 PM

When I try and take a print screen paint shows it as black when this is occuring I will have to take a iphone image of the actual monitor and upload.
January 18, 2012 5:12:02 PM

Do any of these issues surface while using the computer in Safe mode? If so, you have a faulty graphics card.
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January 18, 2012 7:40:50 PM

Hey Spieler,

I will try this out.

I will tell you have tried the following:

I switched from one DIVX port to the other on the back (still occured). Then I swapped monitors, took my 20 inch from my other PC and placed here. Then took the 24 inch and put it on my weaker machine. Currently i have no had the issue once the 20 inch was attached.

However I have not seen the issue on the other machine connected to the 24inch.

This makes this very confusing, i know monitors are different but have you any ideas what could cause that? only thing i can think of his HZ both i set both to 60 currently and no issue on either machine.

I really do not want to use a 20 inch on my main computer. However I do not have enough proof to show if it's the monitor.

I will swap back monitors and run up the machine in safe mode and check, however if the monitor is the issue it could still occur in safemode couldn't it?


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January 19, 2012 11:06:27 AM

Okay So after a Night of testing, I can not get the issue to occur with the 20 inch connected to the XFX card machine. 20 Inch runs at 1620x1200 and 60 Hz. The 24 inch runs at 1920x1200 60hz.

I found under catalsyt 2 check boxes that says reduces courrption with using high res. I selected the one that was not selected by default and tried again with the 24 inch. The 24 inch when loading "League of legends" (not a high end game). Started rolling the image down like a slot machine effect. When game loaded the machine had one image of the game and another sliding down across with a white line. I swapped monitors while this occured which caused the game to crash (res switch). Then reloaded the game. The game showed no issues.

I'm really stumped if this is a video card or monitor problem. Since the 24 inch monitor hooked to a weaker video card/PC causes no problems at all.
January 20, 2012 3:28:11 PM

do you have VSync enabled in league of legends? or is vsync forced on in CCC? It would be worth a try to disable Vsync on the disfunctional monitor
January 23, 2012 10:59:36 AM

I have done a lot of testing over the weekend. I found out that it was the video card. After testing for about 6-7 hours i finally got it to occur on the 20 inch monitor. From there I tried resetting the card, got it to occur again. Then swapped out for my old not so good card now the issue never happens on either monitor.
January 23, 2012 5:19:47 PM

Good job on your troubleshooting, just a shame it was your video card. On the bright side, now you have an excuse to upgrade!