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Solved: Interesting Hardware problem (Nvidia graphics problem possibly due to RAM)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by carlitostsu, May 26, 2009.

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  1. carlitostsu

    carlitostsu Thread Starter

    Feb 8, 2009
    Good afternoon Tech Immortals,

    I am working on a friend's computer.
    The hardware setup is the following:

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5000+ 2.1GHz

    2.5 GB RAM CRUCIAL (Memtest says the following about it: DDR2(64 bit)
    373MHz DDR746 CAS: 5-5-15

    Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT pci-e

    MSI K9N6PGM2-V motherboard

    The problems:

    Problem1. When the computer is turned on it gives out 2 short beeps (memory error, I presume according to an Internet search). Then it loads GRUMP for Ubuntu 9 or Win XP pro
    Problem2. Anything that is graphics intensive makes the computer crash or graphics get glitchy. For example videogames will either make windows crash or crash the game and exit to windows. On Ubuntu while running Compiz the OS freezes. It only crashes or glitches with graphic intensive software.

    Solution tried:
    For problem1. While loading GRUMP there is an option for memtest. Diagnostics came out fine, no errors.

    More background information:
    I've inspected the motherboard, the graphics card, ram, everything (looking at it physically for any burns or liquid spills etc)
    Everything is roughly 4 months old, bought brand new when purchased.
    In the past the user had the same setup except that his old graphics card (GeForce BFG TECH 8800 GT) died on him (will get further details about that in about an hour).
    Replaced for graphics card mentioned above. Those problems are occurring.
    The card gets warm, but not to an alarming point (I want to say around 60 degrees celcius).

    What do you guys think?
    Thanks in advance for taking your valuable time to read this.



    Ran TechPowerUp GPU, while it was crashing the temperature stayed at 50 degrees celcius, fan was running at 35% at all times

    User says that he tested out another GeForce card which was slower but had no glitches
  2. carlitostsu

    carlitostsu Thread Starter

    Feb 8, 2009
    It was a faulty video card.
    User replaced it under its warranty.
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