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Brand new Gfx card done already?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Da Outsider, 2 May 2006.

  1. Da Outsider


    Joined: 29 Apr 2006

    Posts: 2

    Finally got my first ever self built rig together last week after much pondering and lurking these forums and everything was going great until I turned it on this morning and I'm getting all these weird lines running across the screen and once I get to the desktop the computer just shuts down or resets (fine when I boot into safe mode - still get the lines across the screen). Searched google and it seems it's most likely my video card overheating :eek: Can anyone confirm this for me, I've barely gotten 15 hours out of the thing yet and it's packed up already? :confused:

    Here's a pic of the lines:
  2. MeatLoaf


    Joined: 1 Dec 2005

    Posts: 14,261

    Location: Stoke on Trent

    Looks like RMA time mate :( What care is it mate?
  3. Da Outsider


    Joined: 29 Apr 2006

    Posts: 2

    Looking that way :( I was using an All-In-Wonder X1800 XL. Getting a replacement's gonna be a bitch too 'cos I've heard ATI are a bit pants for that sort of thing and the other option is where I bought it -No competitor talk please! :o
  4. Pigeon_Killer


    Joined: 21 Nov 2005

    Posts: 34,041

    Location: Tier 4

    Better edit out the competitor mate. I've heard a few horror stories from people who have dealt with them but I bought a 9800 Pro from them a few years ago and it developed a fault after a year or so and I sent them an enote and had a replacement sent to me as soon as they received the broken one. The second one went wrong a few months later and they sent me another one again. Just try and contact them and see what they say.
  5. robertgilbert86

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 1 Feb 2006

    Posts: 2,162

    Location: London

    Hi I had artifacts exactly the same as that. I found it was just the temperature of my card (7800GT getting up to 70C!). I had a closer look at the card and found the heat sink was really clogged up with dust, so I shoved a hoover in it and that helped.

    My problems started when the weather got warmer-
    Try turning your central heating down, opening a window, moving the PC away from a radiator if it's near one.
    If your case has a grill in the side (opposite the GPU) try mounting a fan by it.
  6. Energize


    Joined: 12 Mar 2004

    Posts: 28,884

    Location: England

    Could be the temperature or overclocking it.
  7. SiriusB


    Joined: 16 Dec 2005

    Posts: 14,448

    Location: Manchester

    If youve had it less than a day and the temps are fine, then I dont see any reason why [insert competitor] wouldnt just replace it. Hell, you could get a refund if you really wanted.