Red/white checkerboard graphics

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lisakmusco

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Not sure if this is a game issue or a hardware issue. I'm betting it's probably the hardware....specifically the video card. But figured I'd ask anyway.

When playing Civ V and moving around the screen (especially in a zoomed out view) a red/white checkerboard pattern will appear. Initially it is the size of the various "tiles", and others it is more of an overlay of a different shape altogether. Doesn't happen right away, and doesn't always happen every time he plays. Sometimes it goes away right away (like its taking time to catch up and draw the screen), other times it just stays that way until he quits the game and returns.

I'm not sure how the video card in particular measures up to the game requirements and/or if the card itself is beginning to fail. I think its ok on most of the other requirements except for the preferred OS.

The specs for his computer are:

MSI K9A2 Neo / AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+
Diamond RADEON 3850 video 512MB (PCI-E)
Seagate 100 GB HDD (7200RPM)
Sony CRX320AE CD-RW/DVD-ROM
4 GB DDR2 800 RAM (2 x 2GB) / WinXP
Antec NSK4400 case w/Antec Basiq 500watt PS
 
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The checkerboard pattern is often a symptom of overheating of the graphics chip so maybe you need to consider a graphics card with more efficient cooling. Alternatively, additional cooling fans withing the PC case may prevent the graphics chip overheating, provided you set them up properly.
As a test, try playing the game with a side panel removed (the side which reveals all the mobo components, not the side which shows only the back of the mobo).
 

lisakmusco

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Thanks. I will have him try that this weekend and see what happens. He has noted that it doesn't happen right away, but occurs (and gets worse) as his playing time goes on in a session, which would seem to support that idea.
 
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