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Win7 Desktop Artifacts

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September 17, 2012 2:49:47 PM

My setup:
-Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3ghz Sandy Bridge Quad Core OCd to 4.2ghz
-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
-ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
-Saphire Radeon HD 5770 1gb
-Windows 7 64bit

For about 3 weeks I have been having a problem where occasionally I will see a group of tiny greenish squares on my desktop. Sometimes they flash on for only a second and sometimes they will stay. If I have program open, it doesnt seem to directly affect anything in that program other than perhaps the title part if its windowed. No artifacts in games so far.

Other times my screen will completely freeze in a way where i can move the things in the background but it leaves it all ghosted and i cant do anything but reboot.

Last problem is sometimes (and much more often in the past few days) is my screen will freeze for a few seconds, go dark, then come back with a message saying "display driver stopped responding but has recovered". This happens a lot while browsing or using paintshop or other programs. Has not happened in games yet.

The card is not overheating, nor is it overclocked. It stays at about 65c-70c when gaming and 45ish when browsing.


I tried going back to an old vid driver and even the newer beta but still the same.

Also tried taking the card out and cleaning out the dust.

Im guessing the Vid card is dying, but I am wondering if it could possibly be something else. It seems strange to have no problems while gaming but problems just sitting at the desktop.


artifacts at the bottom of screen


what i meant by ghosting


sometimes this happens while browsing, affects everything and have to reboot.


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a c 243 $ Windows 7
September 17, 2012 3:10:22 PM

What make/model of power supply (PSU) are you using and how old is it? The symptoms you are experiencing are often caused by heat and/or power issues.
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September 17, 2012 3:31:46 PM

Corsair VX550W Power supply

bought in November 07
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a c 243 $ Windows 7
September 17, 2012 3:35:33 PM

I would start strongly consider a new PSU. What is your budget for such an upgrade?
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September 17, 2012 3:41:32 PM

well i was going to spend between $150-$200 on a new card, but if its not the card then i am fine with keeping the 5770 a bit longer. A good PSU shouldn't run that high right?
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October 15, 2012 2:29:18 AM

Hi there, I'm having exactly the same issue as this and have pretty much the same hardware. I have ruled out the Graphics card and ram. I'm pretty confident it's either motherboard or power supply that's at fault. Have you found a resolution yet?
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a b $ Windows 7
October 15, 2012 3:23:29 AM

Try replace PSU first as COLGeek" said...

It already old and u will need to replace it at this point...

meanwhile u replacing the psu try cleaning the graphic card from dust...

If changing the PSU is not working it mostly your 5770 dieing ...
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October 15, 2012 4:00:26 AM

thanks, for me it's def not the Graphics card as I have tried others etc and still the same thing, I really want to know if "sjm80" tried a different power supply and if it resolved the issue. I dont have easy access to another power supply at the moment.
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a b $ Windows 7
October 15, 2012 4:31:44 AM

Are u had the same problems? had u tried using another monitor or try changing the cables or using different port?

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October 15, 2012 9:28:29 PM

yeap exactly the same, I get tiny green squares etc and sometime other artifacts the same as sjm80. I have the same motherboard which I suspect to be the cause. I'm just hopeing its the power supply as that will be the easiest thing to replace. I have tried new cables, diff monitor, swapped the RAM out , reseated the CPU, upgraded firmware too
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a b $ Windows 7
October 16, 2012 2:00:49 AM

It quite hard to said it mobo that broken but it's one possibility... for now try changing the PSU first for sjm80.. since its quite old ...

and for launchpad04 the best way is to wait and see how it goes with psu changing (if u are sure the GPU are not the fault)

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