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perseus0001
01-18-07, 07:52 AM
Hey guys, I just recently noticed some odd occurrences when play games and I think it might be graphics card related. Was hoping some of you more knowledgeable people could help me figure out if that is in fact the case. The last two days I have been getting some slight flickering on the screen, not very frequently but seems to be completely random. Added too that I have been seeing some distortion caused by what I can only explain as long streaks or triangles on the screen. Here are some pics links that might show what i am talking about better. I have a BFG 7900GT, been watching temp and the highest it has gotten was 71 and that was after playing a few hours. Any suggestions?

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r243/perseus0001/WoWScrnShot_011707_222021.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r243/perseus0001/WoWScrnShot_011707_221951.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r243/perseus0001/WoWScrnShot_011707_221449.jpg

Thanks a lot for any help guys.
-Troy

asphalt
01-18-07, 09:21 AM
That is weird. Just wondering, did you recently install new drivers for you video card? If so, did you notice this occure after the install? Sometimes new drivers, specially beta drivers can cause a game to render graphics incorrectlly.
Here are some things you might try:
1. Download the latest refrence drivers from NVidia.com
2. Download Driver Cleaner (http://www.driverheaven.net/cleaner/)
3. Uninstal your drivers from the control panel and reboot into safe mode (press F8 after the BIOS boot screen)
4. Run the program driver cleaner and just select the drivers that pertain to nvidia to be removed. This will erase any reminance of the old drivers.
5. Re-boot into windows and install the new drivers.

Here is a link with more details on this as well:

http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=67799

perseus0001
01-18-07, 11:06 AM
Hey thanks for the info. I haven't installed anything recently, and it started with just the flickering then the occasional distortions, and now rather frequent distortions. But I figure it can't hurt to go through that list and try everything. I did install some round IDE cables a couple of days ago just after the flickering started, Iíll look to make sure everything is still seated properly on the MB.

Has anyone had a distortion problem like that before? I'd be curious to know if it was something on your end or the result of a faulty card. I'll post later tonight to see if any of those fixes listed above help.

Thanks again
Troy

GeniusPr0
01-18-07, 11:25 AM
i had that in CSS a few weeks ago, i think its the drivers 93.81

DaveW
01-18-07, 01:46 PM
Hey thanks for the info. I haven't installed anything recently, and it started with just the flickering then the occasional distortions, and now rather frequent distortions. But I figure it can't hurt to go through that list and try everything. I did install some round IDE cables a couple of days ago just after the flickering started, I’ll look to make sure everything is still seated properly on the MB.


If you are sure it started occasional, but has been getting progressively more frequent as you say, then its not an issue with drivers etc. You card could be going bad, or it may just be heat related. Since you opened your rig recently I would check all your fans are still running, and make sure the GPU heatsink/fan isn't glogged with dust etc.

perseus0001
01-19-07, 12:36 PM
Hey Guys, just wanted to write back and thank you for the help. I went through all the steps listed above, checked all my connections inside the case, and low and behold last night I was able to play with no graphical corruptions. Lets hope that fixed it.
Thanks again
Troy

asphalt
01-19-07, 01:35 PM
Hey Guys, just wanted to write back and thank you for the help. I went through all the steps listed above, checked all my connections inside the case, and low and behold last night I was able to play with no graphical corruptions. Lets hope that fixed it.
Thanks again
Troy

Excellent to hear that!