I noticed my weird colorings and crashes with computer games with my four years old MSI R4870-T2D512 OC Radeon 4870 video card (512 MB; PCIe; DVI -> VGA).
-Weird colorings (e.g., purple color weirdness in Half-Life 2's Lost Coast (HL2:LC) and redness and blackness in RO2:HoS). Crysis didn't show this.
-Black blank screen -- video signal lost (see http://i.imgur.com/gmDd6.jpg and http://i.imgur.com/C2SdO.jpg what is shown even with its weird colorings but not on my monitor due to video signal losses) and fan stop spinning for few seconds and resume. Computer/Windows still responds based on pings, ssh, telnet, cmd.exe, etc. Once, it went back to 4-bit VGA with its ati2dvag display driver stopped responding message to reboot. Other times, I can sometimes recover back to Windows if I kill processes, open up cmd.exe fullscreen, etc.
-Video card and its fan air feel almost hot (not burning) in both idle and heavy usage.
Up to 81C/177.8F degrees when gaming with HL2:LC's stress video test and Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad free weekend.
65C/149F degrees with a manual full 100% fan (it still works) control to blow out heat for about ten minutes in a 25C/77F degrees room.
Note: Used Google search engine form's calculator to convert temperatures.
Does this sound like my video card is broken or dying? 2D stuff seems to work fine. I did have to fix my computer's hard lock up problems when playing videos (including Flash) by downgrading back to v8.10 driver in my old, updated Windows XP Pro. SP3. You can read http://zimage.com/~ant/antfarm/about/computers.txt for my detailed primary computer specifications.
Thank you in advance.
10:58 PM by