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 02/21/2013 01:51 PM
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Whenever I play a game (any game) for a certain time (10 minutes or more), my screen suddenly starts to display vertical rows of one type of colour (green, blue, red...). This freezes the game temporarily, sometimes crashing it. This crash seem to happen only once.

It does, however, remove most of the text in Windows. For example, if you open Windows Task Manager, the only text that is visible is where the various programs or processes are displayed. All else is blank.

I tried to remedy this by doing a clean install. Before I have my AMD graphics card, I had a Geforce GTX 560 TI. Because I had a warranty on my old card, they replaced it with an AMD. So I decided to uninstall my graphic driver and used Driver Fusion and CCleaner to clean up what's left behind.

But that didn't help, because after all this I get the same problem, only this time it was a black screen.


Most of my games graphics are high, with anti-aliasing and v-sync either active or set on maximum.


In this pastebin you can find the system information I could gather from using dxdiag:


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 02/25/2013 01:53 PM
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Sorry that I haven't responded in the last few days, I didn't have much time.

Graphics Card:
Intel(R) HD Graphics (currently deactivated)
I must add that I recently discovered that there's an Intel graphics card in my computer.
Maybe it's integrated into the motherboard.

I had a NVidia Geforce GTX 560 TI before but that one broke down. Because I still had warranty on that card,
they had it replaced with an AMD Radeon HD 7800 because they couldn't find another geforce GTX 560 TI.

AMD Catalyst Driver Version, and Driver History:
Current version: 13.1
I cannot remember the previous version(s) of the AMD driver, but I think it might have been 12.9.

Operating System:
Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1. (64 bit)

Issue Details:
This is an issue that happens in multiple games. Most of my games also run through Steam.
As for their graphics settings, it's honestly too much to sum up. In general, the settings are set to high with the shadow and lighting quality on a lower setting in the more demanding games.
Anti-Aliasing and Vsync are active, with anisotropic filtering on maximum.

During gameplay, after about 10 minutes or more, the screen would change to vertical rows of one colour (red, green, blue...) separated by thin, black lines.
Sometimes, the screen would just turn black instead of the coloured rows.
This makes the game freeze, except for the sound. After a while, the screen flashes black and returns to normal. This sometimes causes the game to crash.

This only seem to happen once until I restart my computer. But it does mess with the display in Windows 7. For example, if I open Task Manager, most of the text is gone.

Motherboard or System Make & Model:
Intel Core I7 2600
Model DH67BL AAG10189-205

Power Supply:
I do not wish to open my computer out of fear to lose any warranty I have left.
But I do see a small label under the plug saying: 100-240V~/60-50Hz.

Display Device(s) and Connection(s) Used:

Mouse and Keyboard are wireless, using a Medion receiver with model no. RR-0438U.
The receiver is connected through an USB 2.0 port.
My screen is a Fujitsu Display SL27T-1 LED, connected through a VGA port.

Applications and Games:

Steam API: v012

Planetside 2. Can't seem to find the version number, but it's the most recent version.
Impire version 20/02/2013
Mount & Blade: Warband version 1.154
Civilization V (Gods & Kings included) version
Sleeping Dogs

CPU Details:
Intel Core I7-2600 CPU @3.40GHz
There are 4 Cores.

Motherboard BIOS Version:
Intel Corp. Version BLH6710H.86A.0076.2010.1115.1959

System Memory Type & Amount:
DDR3 PC3-12800, DDR3 PC3-10600, DDR3 PC3-14900
Only one slot is used, a 4GB

Additional Hardware:
My harddrive model is WDC WD5000AAKX-001CA0. File system is a NTFS and it has a total space of 476.8 GB


This is all the information I could find for now. I've also contacted my retailer about the problem and he suggested to check the temperature of my GPU with Speedfan ( I'll let you know when I have the results.


Edit: Ok, I gave Speedfan a try and got the following results:
After starting up and trying speedfan for the first time, the temperature was 33 degrees Celcius.
During gaming these temperatures differ between 50 and 60 degrees Celcius. I have also noticed that the cores have the same temperature during gaming sessions. After the sessions, the temperature would drop below 40 degrees Celcius.

I must add that I haven't experienced any crashes during the tests. I'll update this once it does happen.

Edited: 02/25/2013 at 02:49 PM by Retrobat
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Unless that case has a warranty sticker which has to be broken to open the case, you can open it without fear and check the power supply.

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 02/27/2013 02:42 AM
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I've managed to open my computer and found more information about my power supply:


I also found more info on my RAM:

Patriot Memory PS034G13332
Sadly, I coulnd't find any more on the internet for the moment. I'll try again later when I have more time.

 03/01/2013 01:32 PM
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same happens to me all the time since the 12.9 catalyst..crashes with dark screen and green vertical lines....worst.the 13.1 update cant make my game full screen...always left an inch dark panel frame top and side.

game: fifa13, dota2

pc specs: i3,hd5670,4gb ram,silverstone 500watt,win7ultimate 32bit

p/s: im using hdmi connector

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