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Old 12-13-09, 05:41 AM   #1
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Default Display issues with 9600GT AGP


I got a Geforce 9600GT about a year ago, but I've been having problems with graphic artifacts and computer freezes ever since. Switching to a TTY and then back to X seems to fix the problems temporarily, but a reboot is the only way to get rid of the artifacts, but even then it's only good for a few days before the story repeats itself. I've both tried reinstalling the OS, Gentoo Linux, and moving the card to another computer with the same result. I strongly suspect there is a problem with the card itself, but I'd appreciate a second opinion before complaining.

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Old 12-13-09, 11:00 AM   #2
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Default Re: Display issues with 9600GT AGP

I had the same exact problem with my 7300 GT AGP card.
I used to get visual artifacts in some opengl windows that led to system freezes. switching to tty would prevent the system freeze and temporally stop the artifacts but a reboot was eventually needed.
Later I found out that there is a power connector slot on the nvidia card. I turned off the PC, attached the power connector slot to the case's PSU and the visual artifacts and system freezes stopped. I hope this helps
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Old 12-13-09, 11:49 AM   #3
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Yeah, I have the same thing, but I've made sure the power connector is attached. It could be a problem with a weak power supply though. On the other hand, the problems seem to come at random and seemingly not in connection with any sudden surge in power usage in the computer.
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Old 12-15-09, 04:58 PM   #4
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Default Re: Display issues with 9600GT AGP

I have similar problems with a 9600GT PCI-e card. When I was using KDE, I got the garbled screen like yours, but when I switched to GNOME with Karmic, I just had freezes without the garbling. I'm going to check my power connectors now.

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