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Strange random errors (display corruption, freezes)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by TheCrazed, Jul 30, 2006.

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  1. TheCrazed

    TheCrazed Thread Starter

    Feb 11, 2005
    Hi everyone, I'm having a lot of strange things happening to me, hope somebody can help me.

    A few days ago, I was playing a game and I started noticing artifacts on the screen. I was thinking my cards running hot so I gave it a break. But when I tried playing later, the artifacts were still there. Then the problem increased; I started to freeze in game for about 5 seconds, then my monitor would turn off, turn itself back on, then the game would resume. Wondering if it was specific to the game I tried a different one. Same thing happened there.

    My next problem was my screen went black, saying it lost sync. After rebooting I had error messagew relating to my video card. It would not continue. I opened my case and changed the power cable to a different one on my power supply. Booted up, and everything seemed ok.

    Thinking I had solved it, I start up my game again. Nope, still got artifacts, and the monitor turned off and back on again. Now I'm thinking it's definitely my video card is fried. So today I brought it in with my warranty, and got a brand new card.

    But of course, I wouldnt be writing here if things went well after that , right? So yeah same issues, except after rebooting after the most recent error, my computer would not even get past the XP load up screen, it would just restart the boot process. I turned it off, and came back an hour later and tried booting again, and I'm up and running(for now).

    I replaced my power supply about 3 months ago. So I know its not old. But it might be the culprit. Because of the error that got solved with switching the power cables, and the fact that my front temp display blanked out when I had the faulty cable on my card. I'm at my wit's end here, any help would be great. Cheers.
  2. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

    Dec 9, 2000
    What kind of display cards have you been using?

    And can you post a screenshot of the problem?

    Do they occur on bootup, in Safe Mode, or only under special circumstances, such as gaming and high cpu usage?

    High temps or an inadequate power supply could certainly be a cause.

    I'm going to move this to the hardware forum as it seems unlikely it is an "XP" issue.
  3. Alex Ethridge

    Alex Ethridge

    Apr 10, 2000
    I would look closely at possible CPU overheating.
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