but I've found a definitive occurance of a glitch. I was playing the Hitman 2 demo for the first time. I put the settings all the way sans the anisotropic filter(went with Trilinear).
When the demo started, as I looked to the right(green hill w/some trees)I started getting ALOT of jagged artifacts start covering the screen. When I looked back to the left they went away a little but not fully.
I noticed when I bring the object and world details down to about 1/2 - 2/3 the artifacts started going away. And when I started the game with these lower level setting, the game looked fine.
Does this mean it's my PSU? But I figured instead of glitches, shouldn't I just be getting slower framerates? This leads me to believe it's a faulty video card. Man I hope not. If I do have a bad PSU, would leaving the video card in "hurt" it?
I've got an empty PCI slot next to the AGP. Should I put a slot fan to help cool the card. Or would that just make the problem worse because it's taking more juice from an already overworked PSU? Maybe leave the brace covering off so more air can circulate? I just though this might contaminate my case.
I think your jumping the gun here. If its ONLY happening in the Hitman 2 demo then its the game. I found that demo to be pretty buggy.
I'm inclined to agree, if artifacts aren't showing up in other games then you don't really have a problem. Also, you might check your DirectX or OpenGL settings. Some extensions, compressed texture, and/or other features aren't supported by many games. These will sometimes cause artifacts.
P.S. When you have a problem that you think could be hardware, I'd put down your computers specs. People can identify problems more easily and provide more accurate help.
I have a <A HREF="http://forumz.tomshardware.com/modules.php?name=Forums&..." target="_new">previous thread</A> which explained that I was getting artifacts in other games too. Not just the Hitman 2 demo. I used the demo as an example of a <b>constant, definitive</b> glitch to use as reference.
I thought it was the PSU possibly because that seems to be the problem with alot of hardware related issues. Plus I have a sh*%ty Compaq w/ a proprietary PSU.
Sorry about not putting my specs. I forget because I've done it in so many other posts.
AMD Athlon Xp 1500+
512mb Crucial PC2100
40gb Maxtor 7200rpm
GF4 Ti4200 64mb
Windows XP Home
I run games at 1024x768 w/ a 17" Samsung SyncMaster 753DF.
My refresh rate is 85hz.
I'm using Det. 30.82 drivers.
I really hope you guys are right and that's it a problem with the demo.
I'll check my settings. Do you recommend some safe settings that I should have?