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One fault or many?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Cailan, Nov 19, 2009.

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  1. Cailan

    Cailan Thread Starter

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    Hello all,

    The Problem

    My computer started getting visual distortions on screen about a month ago. by this i mean horizontal bars of colour every couple inches all over the screen. I "fixed" this by getting rid of the dust and leaving the side panel off, as i thought the GPU was overheating.
    Seemed to work for a while, however at the beginning of this week it started doing it again with the added bonus of an occasional Blue Screen stating memory parity errors.
    The truely wierd thing is: it will run fine for hours if not days at a time but then the next time i use it theres a near instant fault. Played MW2 yesterday for about 5 hours and it was fine. 5 mins into a game today and i get the graphic errors followed by parity error.

    The Computer

    This beast is getting rather old, its a Dell Dimension DIM4700, but ive upgraded it a few times. It has 2GHz of ram, a Geforce 8800 GTS 512 GPU, a 2nd dvd player and a 530W PSU.

    The Suspicion

    Well the graphics card, memory and power supply are less than a year old so im hoping they arent the culprit here. Im not exactly tech savvy tho so feel free to tell me its one of those and make it a cheap fix for me ;) . However i have a suspicion it might be the motherboard.

    so anyone have a clue whats going on with this machine? is one part or every part faulty?
     
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