VGA Problem

Discussion in 'Tech Help' started by Relinquished, Feb 9, 2012.

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    Relinquished Veteran BOON

    I'll try to give as much info as possible as this seems a bit serious.

    Yesterday, i installed a new cooling system on my GPU. an EAH4870 (old, i know).
    My previous one, with which also i upgraded the original cooling system, was working fine, except for the increasing noise due to one fan slowly failing and causing a lot of noise.

    So i installed the new colling (a decent one by Zalman) without any problems at all, and proceeded to playing quite a few hours of SWTOR with 0 problems. At some point, some 4-5 hours in the game, i got a sudden black screen, screeching sound and an out of range signal message from my monitor.

    Reseted the PC, which booted normally, and did not start the game again. I got a movie playing in fullscreen and some 5 minutes later, the screen froze, screeching sound again and that was it. No black screen or out of range message this time. Shut down the PC and didnt turn it back on.
    Now, the first thing i thought was that i somehow screwed up on the cooling instalation so i opened the chasis and checked the GFX card temp. By hand. It was barely warm.
    Remember that i had been playing SW for HOURS! And thats it. PC still works normally, I turned it on this morning for about 10 mins. Didnt try any VGA taxing tasks though as I didnt have the time.

    Things to note: I also installed an extra 4Gb of RAM yesterday. Identical to my previous RAM.
    The PSU is a new one (Thermaltake) 550W.
    The cooling system came with an outside fan controler which i also installed, even though it can be ignored.
    Had it running on full speed anyway the whole time as it doesnt realy make any unwanted noise.

    So, any ideas what could have causedd that hang, and any way to avoid it happening in the future?
    Thanx all.
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    Allstar Just A "Member"

    Triple-check your power-supply connections to your Graphics card.
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    adagio Moderator

    It's the usual.

    Check ALL connections to see if any loose wires.

    Check ALL connections again. Make sure memory is seated correctly, hdds connected etc.

    Check BIOS incase any overclocks are too much. Or reset to defaults for testing.

    Find a benchmark program with heat temp program installed and run.

    Keep an eye on temps and listen to where the noise comes from.

    If unable to locate the source of the problem. Run your comp with the bare minimum components. One memory stick, one hdd, disc drive etc.

    Keep adding replacing parts until the system is stable.

    This should narrow it down to the problem part. If your lucky its just either the CPU or gpu fan is not connected properly, if not a component has failed some where.
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    Relinquished Veteran BOON

    Back at home now.
    No loose wires or bad connections all over the insides or outsides of the PC.
    No overclocking done.
    GPU Temps seem normal. 39C on idle, 58C top with Rage running.
    CPU didnt go above 48C (old CPU would go up to 70C while overclocked and still had no trouble).

    Is it possible its a software issue? Like drivers? OS Installation is very fresh (less than 10 days).
    Hasn't happened yet today, but it scared me shitless last night!
    Made me miss my fap session!
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    adagio Moderator

    Could be many things, hopefully the card just threw a paddy.

    Kids these days, no imagination.
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    Fizzee Veteran BOON

    At least I'm old enough to remember starting to fap and finishing before the image finished loading :D
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    Aspira Admin Officer

    Instantly reminded me of Comicbook Guy from the Simpsons when he was trying to download naked pics of Captain Janeway.
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    Relinquished Veteran BOON

    I change the subject to fapping and suddenly everyone's an expert... ts ts ts
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    Relinquished Veteran BOON

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    Tal The Architect

    I lolled at 'Entertainment Edition' RAM.
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    Alaisy Veteran BOON

    Great start of a new RAM series, or should I say RMA series..
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    Astarael Vertically Challenged


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