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 11/03/2006 01:52 PM
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trASe
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hello,

i'm have massive problems with my video. it flickers with wierd shapes, usually triangles and blocks of color flash static in WoW and WC3. freezes a lot in wow and non stop in wc3 and now it's freezing during video playback. i've read every thread/article there is and i still can't make any progress at all.

amd 4800 x2
7900 gtx - gfx
a8n-sli premium - asus
2gig ram, forgot brand.
440 (i think) watt psu
update to date mobo bios
93.71 forceware
xp sp2
anything else?


everyone i've spoken to says it sounds as if it's overheating, but it's running at 37c when it crashes. i never had this problem when i first built the machine, but now it just gets worse and worse, tonight with video playback crashing almost had me in tears.
any help would be great, i'm pretty close to just throwing the pc out and going back to my steady old 1.3 p3 with a 5500.
 11/03/2006 02:20 PM
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37ºC for that video card (come to think about it, any video card), i very unlikely. it should b at least at around 50ºC idle, and loading at 60-70ºC.
if it's artifacting, it's overhating, or... have you overclocked the card? if not, then the card is faulty.... you should contact your manufacurer for a RMA.

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 11/03/2006 02:50 PM
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no, haven't over clocked it.
i've been keeping a close eye on the temp and it's been on 37 for hours and as soon as i'll open a video, it'll jam up.


edit - after a bit of a read, i learned that my card came factory over clocked. sorry, but i'm pretty bad when it comes to hardware.
 11/03/2006 06:01 PM
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It's almost certainly the card's fault. One thing you might want to try to see if you can't get some of the stuttering/freezing in your games to stop, though, is to make sure you have done all the steps in dual-core help link 2 (see my sig), and then see if there is a fix available for you in this thread over at Hard Forum.

But yeah, axy1985 is right, you should RMA that video card for a replacement if reinstalling the latest drivers doesn't solve your problem.

Hope all this helps.

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 11/03/2006 09:01 PM
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Same thing happened to one of my 6600GTs...wierd artifacts and static in reflective surfaces (like water in HL2) and uber-crazy wall-hacking...I mean COME ON, some walls were completely see-through. /blink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.gif" />

As suggested, RMA your card and try to find a cheap one to replace it with in the mean-time. If you're lucky enough to have on-board video (as in, you don't necessarily need an attachable video card) than that will do. But yeah, when you see a temperature like that, you know something's fishy.

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 11/04/2006 01:01 AM
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http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=235

does this mean anything to me?
 11/04/2006 03:25 AM
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Well, not per-se, as it seems your VGA's temp monitor is also on the fritz. If I recall, someone posted a link to that article back in the day when you needed a mortgage to get a 7900 GTX. It could be related, but your situation sounds exactly like any other defective video card; distortion, fuzzyness, flickers, static, fragments, odd-polygons, etc. referred to as artifacts.

The good news is if you do RMA it, they should send you one back with none of the issues the first-run 7900 GTX's had...and perhaps a properly operating probe.

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 11/04/2006 03:33 AM
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i'm sorry, but what does rma mean?
do i just send it back to XFX? or do i have to dig up proof of purchase and go back to the shop i got it from?
 11/04/2006 08:26 PM
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RMA stands for Return Material Authorization (also Return Merchandise Authorization, depending on what term the company is using, but they mean the same thing).

If you still have a warranty from the store you bought the card from, send it to them first, as this will generally make for a faster swap. If not, then simply contact XFX (I would recommend doing so by phone since RMA's are easier to obtain that way than through an online form or e-mail) and let them know about your issues.

Hope all this helps.

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AMD Opteron 165 CCBBE (2.7GHz @ 1.35v)
DFI CFX3200-DR (07/28)
Kingston HyperX DDR500 (3-3-3-8-1T)
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500GB SATA-300 WD Drive
CoolerMaster RealPowerPro 850W
NZXT Zero full-tower case
Windows XP Pro SP2
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