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What type of crash is this

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Fr0dders, 16 Jan 2006.

  1. Fr0dders


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 33,275

    Location: West Yorks

    it only happens in games, never in windows

    the game will stop, the sound will start to repeat and the image stay on screen

    the screen goes blank, then comes back, but a garbled jumbled mess of colours in a blotchy grid

    and stays like that till you turn the PC off and restart

    is that a software or hardware issue ?
  2. Sir Random


    Joined: 4 Aug 2003

    Posts: 2,636

    Location: Wicklow, Ireland

    Sounds like your card is overheating, what's your specs?
  3. holyeagle


    Joined: 28 Aug 2003

    Posts: 81

    Location: Sunderland

    Definately overheating problem, mine was exactly like this couple of months ago, after I fitted a new Arctic cooler on my Graphic card and get a better air managed case, all problems solved.
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    Wise Guy

    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

    Posts: 1,395

    Location: Gloucester, UK

    get some nice airflow throught ure case, or get that gfx card a bigger fan :)
  5. Dutch Guy


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 24,563

    Location: Amsterdam,The Netherlands

    looks like a hardware issue like overheating.

    Have you tried a different driver though just to see if that helps?
  6. james.miller


    Joined: 17 Aug 2003

    Posts: 18,636

    Location: Woburn Sand Dunes

    it reminds me of GPU recovery on an ATi card. That normally goes blank and is 'supposed' to recover and carry on functioning. neer did for me it just crashed with some cool funky colours after the screeen came back on.

    If that's the case turn the blasted thing off. Many people have trouble with it lol.
  7. aztechnology


    Joined: 12 Aug 2004

    Posts: 2,503

    Location: Oop North

    check the temps on your card, something like Rivatuner or the right tab on the Nvidia driver screeens (after coolbits enabling reg mod) will show you this.

    I have had a similar problem, screen locks with repeating sound, but after some time the screen returns, I've not had any corruptions after this. I've tried all sorts of drivers and tweaks but the other night I gave the AGP card another 0.1v in the BIOS and i've not seen it since then. I need to run some more stuff to check for sure, but fingers crossed....
  8. Arcane


    Joined: 19 Aug 2005

    Posts: 3,645

    Location: Ealing, London

    I get those symptom's when I've overclocked too far, (hard lock, sound loop).