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Help please

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Captain Kirk, 19 May 2006.

  1. Captain Kirk

    Hitman

    Joined: 25 Aug 2005

    Posts: 717

    Location: Derbyshire

    Since installing my AMD X2 3800 I keep getting a random problem. The monitor seems to loose signal from the computer when I am playing films etc.
    I have tried running memtest, no problems there, and I have run 3dmark06 a couple of times and it has run fine. I am thinking my graphics card is on the way out. The temps on it are fine as it is watercooled (about 38-40degrees load). When playing films, I can still hear the sound from the speakers, but the monitor goes into standby.
    If is it the graphics card, what can you recommend for about £250?
    Thanks
     
  2. earlyflash

    Gangster

    Joined: 17 Aug 2004

    Posts: 288

    Screensaver or power settings?
     
  3. Captain Kirk

    Hitman

    Joined: 25 Aug 2005

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    Location: Derbyshire

    No, I've turned both off just in case
     
  4. kmistry

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Leicester

    could it be the monitor ?
     
  5. Captain Kirk

    Hitman

    Joined: 25 Aug 2005

    Posts: 717

    Location: Derbyshire

    I don't think so, as it only happens when playing movies. I can listen to winamp all day long with no ill affects. And browse the internet fine. It does seem to do it most when watching TV through my Nebula digitv card, but it is not limited to that so I don't think that is the problem
     
  6. Stelly

    Don

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    Location: Liverpool

    could be the graphics card? What types of movies you watching? are they on DVD??

    Stelly
     
  7. Captain Kirk

    Hitman

    Joined: 25 Aug 2005

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    Location: Derbyshire

    divx etc kinda movies. Just to test, I installed and ran NFS Underground 2 for the last 15 mins and didn't encounter any problems. Could it be motherboard related?
     
  8. MuSsEr

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Jun 2005

    Posts: 1,135

    it deffinately sounds like it only happens when your not touching your comp, try playin a movie but do other stuff at same time or sit there moving the mouse, coz if it only happens when your not touching your comp I would sugest having another look at your standby/power save options coz thats what it seem like to me

    how long can you game for/does it do it all when you game? if you can game for hours on end then id say youv set something up wrong

    is your gfx card seated properly? did you knock it while installing new cpu?
     
  9. Captain Kirk

    Hitman

    Joined: 25 Aug 2005

    Posts: 717

    Location: Derbyshire

    Actually, now you mention it, it generally happens when I'm doing something else, like browsing the web at the same time as watching films/programmes. I made sure everything was seated correctly after I installed my CPU. I have also tried it with and without the AMD X2 driver and windows hotfix
     
  10. R B Customs

    Mobster

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    Location: Manchester

  11. Captain Kirk

    Hitman

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    Location: Derbyshire

    No, the screen just goes blank, and doesn't come on again. It doesn't even BSOD which is irritating (can you turn that on/off??).
     
  12. NightmareXX

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    The default setting for XP's BSOD is that it just resets itsself. If you've changed it, it will bring up the BSOD and won't do anything until you press the restart button.

    It definatly sounds like some sort of power saving option or something.
     
  13. Captain Kirk

    Hitman

    Joined: 25 Aug 2005

    Posts: 717

    Location: Derbyshire

    Right, I feel quite stupid for not trying this first, but I uninstalled the drivers, downloaded a new copy, and then re-installed, and everything seems fine, so far (touch wood). Cheers for all the suggestions.
     
  14. Stelly

    Don

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    No problem :)

    Stelly
     
  15. kmistry

    Wise Guy

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    glad you sorted it :D