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GTx 660 ti black screen for a second?

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December 30, 2012 11:29:09 PM

Hi:

I just built my new computer with a gtx 660 ti. I just experienced a second duration of black screen twice today. both not in game. So I would like to know if it is possible for me to somehow damaged the gpu when putting it together? It is a brand new card so I doubt it was defected.

What could have caused this? should I return the gpu for another one?


thanks!

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December 31, 2012 2:35:42 PM

gonna push this up a bit, thanks.

also I just remember both times happen in firefox, as well as another two times was when I open fraps and windows ask me for my permission to trust fraps to make changes on my computer.

thanks!
a b U Graphics card
December 31, 2012 2:50:40 PM

In Firefox it was probably the dreaded Driver Has Stopped Responding Error, disabling Hardware Acceleration in Firefox and Flash will usually rid you of it. the one when you opened Fraps, was just likely a glitch as the screen usually darkens when the popup happens.
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December 31, 2012 2:59:28 PM

cliffro said:
In Firefox it was probably the dreaded Driver Has Stopped Responding Error, disabling Hardware Acceleration in Firefox and Flash will usually rid you of it. the one when you opened Fraps, was just likely a glitch as the screen usually darkens when the popup happens.



I see, so it doesn't sound like a gpu problem to you?

i just disabled the acceleration and hoping i won't encounter the blackscreen again. but just out of curiosity what are the usual signs of gpu defect? I just built my computer and I want to ensure my gpu is working properly. If not I can go exchange it.



thanks for the reply!
a b U Graphics card
December 31, 2012 3:20:33 PM

there are many signs:
your monitor might go blank and go to sleep mode when you power on the computer
constant freeze and crash
strange artifacts on screen, etc.
December 31, 2012 3:30:00 PM

siddharthmukul007 said:
there are many signs:
your monitor might go blank and go to sleep mode when you power on the computer
constant freeze and crash
strange artifacts on screen, etc.





well with the firefox and fraps my monitor goes black but it never happens when booting. Neither have I encounter any freeze or crashing while I'm in windows so I think I'm fine, for now.


when you say constant freeze and crash, you mean like very frequent, noticeable frequent kind of freezing and crashing right?

thanks for the reply!
December 31, 2012 5:09:29 PM

siddharthmukul007 said:
yes



I think I should be good then, thank you so much!
December 31, 2012 6:04:41 PM

siddharthmukul007 said:
yes



I actually do have some "lag" when moving my mouse every once in a while. But that sounds more like a OS problem to me(if anything CPU). gpu wouldn't have anything to do with it right?
a b U Graphics card
December 31, 2012 6:21:14 PM

Try updating Windows and all the drivers to see if that helps.
you can also try keeping the task manager open in the background to see if there is any program running that is using up too much of resources and thereby causing this lag. Many a times some background applications take up too much resources and cause lags.
December 31, 2012 7:55:26 PM

siddharthmukul007 said:
Try updating Windows and all the drivers to see if that helps.
you can also try keeping the task manager open in the background to see if there is any program running that is using up too much of resources and thereby causing this lag. Many a times some background applications take up too much resources and cause lags.


understood, I'm going to do that now and see how it goes.
December 31, 2012 9:08:07 PM

So I don't think is just a firefox or fraps problem anymore, when I was playing game earlier my screen went black on me again.

I'm really nervous that this might be a gpu/monitor problem. but I'm not sure it this is a hardware or driver error.

im using the ps3 simulview 3d display tv as my monitor. But I don't think if it is the monitor's problem.

are there any software that can tell if your gpu is not working properly (something that records its performance vs time or something)

thanks
a b U Graphics card
December 31, 2012 10:01:39 PM

you can try using your gpu on any other computer just to see if the similar problem cross up again.
software problems generally do not repeat on every machine unless it is a problem with the nvidia driver itself which I don't think is the case either.
a b U Graphics card
December 31, 2012 10:14:26 PM

Nvidia's drivers have been known to have TDR error issues, 3 of my last video cards were Nvidia and all 3 had TDR issues(Black screen, and or "Driver has stopped responding and has been recovered" messages and actual crashes w/ audio looping).

The way I usually dealt with it was, Uninstall my driver, restart in safe mode and run driver sweeper and clean the nvidia display driver, reboot and install the newest driver, then reboot again.
January 1, 2013 1:20:11 AM

siddharthmukul007 said:
you can try using your gpu on any other computer just to see if the similar problem cross up again.
software problems generally do not repeat on every machine unless it is a problem with the nvidia driver itself which I don't think is the case either.



I think it's going to be hard to find another computer that has compatible spec with my card in my social circle but im gonna try.
January 1, 2013 1:21:48 AM

cliffro said:
Nvidia's drivers have been known to have TDR error issues, 3 of my last video cards were Nvidia and all 3 had TDR issues(Black screen, and or "Driver has stopped responding and has been recovered" messages and actual crashes w/ audio looping).

The way I usually dealt with it was, Uninstall my driver, restart in safe mode and run driver sweeper and clean the nvidia display driver, reboot and install the newest driver, then reboot again.



I see, I'm gonna give it a try then , thanks!
January 1, 2013 8:39:48 AM

cliffro said:
Nvidia's drivers have been known to have TDR error issues, 3 of my last video cards were Nvidia and all 3 had TDR issues(Black screen, and or "Driver has stopped responding and has been recovered" messages and actual crashes w/ audio looping).

The way I usually dealt with it was, Uninstall my driver, restart in safe mode and run driver sweeper and clean the nvidia display driver, reboot and install the newest driver, then reboot again.



I just installed the driver again like you said and no black screen so far. But not sure how long it will stay that way.

Are black screen a typical hardware problem or more of the driver ?
a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2013 10:14:27 AM

it could be both....
January 1, 2013 11:08:56 AM

when i istalled the asus monitoring software which comes with the motherboard on my computer i got this blak screen for i second, when i opened the program and was monitoring temps and i got this randomly when i used this program and windows gave me a live kernel event error,
but other monitor softwares were worked nicely.
after that i unistalled this program this went away ,
i think this is caused by some softwares and not a hardware fault
January 1, 2013 2:16:11 PM

assassin1234 said:
when i istalled the asus monitoring software which comes with the motherboard on my computer i got this blak screen for i second, when i opened the program and was monitoring temps and i got this randomly when i used this program and windows gave me a live kernel event error,
but other monitor softwares were worked nicely.
after that i unistalled this program this went away ,
i think this is caused by some softwares and not a hardware fault



let's hope that's the case, Im going to install the gpu monitoring software from my motherboard disk. thanks!
January 4, 2013 5:02:14 PM

black screen happened again lol. Im pretty sick of it , Im going to have my gpu checked out this afternoon, but im really suspecting it is just nvidia's driver issue.
a b U Graphics card
January 4, 2013 5:10:46 PM

RMA your card...nothing works better than that.
atleast you could than be sure it is something else.
January 4, 2013 5:20:56 PM

siddharthmukul007 said:
RMA your card...nothing works better than that.
atleast you could than be sure it is something else.



what is rma?

do you think it could be the cpu/motherboard/ram too, if so i need to check those at the store as well. thanks!
January 10, 2013 4:41:04 AM

it means sending your card back to your card manufacturer for replacement or applying for a warranty,you will get a free replacement for your card if its faulty.
January 10, 2013 4:50:09 AM

assassin1234 said:
it means sending your card back to your card manufacturer for replacement or applying for a warranty,you will get a free replacement for your card if its faulty.


yucks shipping cost
a c 271 U Graphics card
January 19, 2013 9:21:56 AM

hihiip201 said:
gonna push this up a bit, thanks.

also I just remember both times happen in firefox, as well as another two times was when I open fraps and windows ask me for my permission to trust fraps to make changes on my computer.

thanks!


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