9800GTX broken ?

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daniel_cooper

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Hi all,

This is my first post here, so pleased to meet you !!! Going to the facts, yesterday, while watching the intro video in the game "Skyrim", the screen got frozen and I had to reboot the pc with the start button. After it, the BIOS start screen showed green dots and lines and the next boot screen was full of $ simbols.
In Windows, the graphic card was disabled (err 43) but I managed to enable it and restart normally the pc (without artifacts in BIOS screen). But when I load a game, I get the same problem.
The card (and the pc) is about 3 years old. As I have read, it might be a HW fault (the card is dying) but before spending the money in a brand new graphic card, I want to be sure it is the culprit.
If it is broken, is it possible that sometimes it works and sometimes it freezes ?
I do not have the chance of testing my card in another pc or testing other card in my pc, so Is there a way to check the card to know whether it is broken or not?

This is my PC:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHZ FSB1333 6MB
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6 Socket 775
MEM: DDR2 1000 - Mushkin Redline DDR2 PC2-8000 4GB 2x2GB 5-5-5-15
PSU: Corsair HX620W Modular 620W
GCARD: Point Of View GeForce 9800GTX 512MB GDDR3 PCI-e 38
SO: Windows 7 64 bits

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There is really no way that the average home has the ability to test a card other than trying it in another machine. It sounds like it may have overheated. If it has been in there 3 years and you haven't looked at it, dust may be a culprit, both on the cooling fins and the vents around the machine. If it has a fan on it, the fan may be stuck or have stopped, too. It would be a good idea to look around inside if you haven't done that.

Of course the other thing to try is another card in your machine if you have one or could borrow one. If that card works OK, then you would know that yours was the problem.

Checking for a driver update at NVidia would be a good idea, too. If it was disabled by Windows, it means that Windows detected something wrong that could have seriously damaged the system. Windows doesn't disable graphics cards, one of the most important components of a system, as a recreational pastime. That could be almost anything that was wrong with the card, even overheating. But bad drivers can lead to that same sort of problem, too.
 

daniel_cooper

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Hi,

Thank you for the advices. I had a look inside the box the day the card failed and its fan (and the rest) was running. And I could see there was a lot of dust (altough I remember cleaned up it in the past). I will try to check the card in another pc. I hope I cand find one because nowadays my friends have laptops and play console games.....

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