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Old 04-04-2011, 12:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Video card going bad?

I have a gt 9800 gt and since April first I have been getting flickering red pixels over dark areas on my screen. It's happens on games too. Today the computer just down with no warning and when I came home tonight it was frozen. The temp on the video card is 60 C and that seems high to me. My cpu core temp is 51 C I'm running windows 7 64 bit.



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Old 04-04-2011, 12:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What kind of monitor are you using, how old is it and do you leave it on or turn it off?

I thought my Card was going out on my PC not to long ago only to find out that my flatscreen monitor which was going on 2+ years old had reached the end of its life cycle due to me leaving it and the PC on constantly. I found this out by swapping out 1st the card, then running on board video no card and still having issues, freeze up, dead pixels, no image and finally plugging in an old CRT monitor I had on hand. Turns out the cheap monitor I had just reached the end of its life. If you have an old crt kicking around try plugging it in and see if your vid issues work themselves out.

As to the heating issues you can always add more fans or venting to your case and set up. I had to teach my kids to stay away from the PC so I could run with out the side panel on. . . the cats where another issue for them I went and got some window screening from the hardware store. Ghetto but it worked.
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Samsung syncmaster 233, it's about a year and half old.
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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okay there few question that need to be asked. what type of monitor you have. is HD or LCD. the other question is what power supply you have in your computer. since most computer you get from dell gateway have low Wat power supply. also how are your connection to monitor. since could have bad cable wire. also how good does computer on side cool it self. since it could not be cooled enough since inside to hot. there many things that need to be address for us to handle your question. other main issue your surge protector is it work right or not. since you might got surge from it and cause monitor to mess up.
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:14 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I would re-seat the Video card. Pull it out, clean it and your MB off (canned air or HPA work great) and then put it back in.

While you have the case open also check out the capacitors on the motherboard - make sure none are swelled or leaking.
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The video card temps and cpu temps seem fine. CPU is maybe a little on the high side,not dangerously so, and video card is well within the specs of the GPU's thermal envelope.

I would say clean and reseat the video card first off. Then try running off the onboard video (if you have it) if neither one of those resolves the issue than I'd say it's time to replace the monitor. If it's only a year and a half old I'd ask you how long you leave the monitor on,screensaver useage etc.
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Sigh, it seems my brothers April fools joke finally got me. He had just barley loosened my monitor connection to cause those pixels, I only noticed because I drooped something behind my desk and when I moved my monitor the cable fell out. Well at least I didn't by a new monitor or graphics card yet lol.
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Sigh, it seems my brothers April fools joke finally got me. He had just barley loosened my monitor connection to cause those pixels, I only noticed because I drooped something behind my desk and when I moved my monitor the cable fell out. Well at least I didn't by a new monitor or graphics card yet lol.
now here the main question. how are you going to get him back and make him pay for this mess.
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I was going to say the 9800GT, IIRC a Nvidia G94 based chip. There was an issue GPU prematurely failing due to driver issues due to the fan being turn down too low. The GPU would overheat and fail. The issue should have been corrected in a newer driver release but I think there was still problems. I know you said the monitor cable but I would be inclined to check into it further. Just my 2 cents.
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Sigh, it seems my brothers April fools joke finally got me. He had just barley loosened my monitor connection to cause those pixels, I only noticed because I drooped something behind my desk and when I moved my monitor the cable fell out. Well at least I didn't by a new monitor or graphics card yet lol.
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