Games freeze and crash with weird colours on screen.

By usetheforce7
Jan 4, 2007
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  1. recently my graphics card seems to be having problems, because when ever i run a game and actually start playing the game freezes and crashes, wit those weird out colours spreading accros the screen. any ideas would help?



    system specs:

    amd athlon 64bit 3000+
    512mb ram
    256mb ati radeon 9550
    80gb seagate barracuda

    Edit: Please use proper thread titles from now on. Thanks.
  2. Grafficks

    Grafficks Newcomer, in training Posts: 454

    Do the weird color patterns disappear after you quit the game you were trying to play? How do you manage to get rid of the weird colors spreading across the screen?

    Make sure you have the latest Radeon Catalyst driver for your graphics card.

    Here are the newest drivers for your video card for Windows XP Pro/Home:
    http://ati.amd.com/support/drivers/xp/radeonx-xp.html

    Click on the "Installation Instructions" on that page if you need them.

    Make sure you uninstall the previous ones first. Keep us posted!
  3. usetheforce7

    usetheforce7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 18

    i think its something to do with being unable to render a 3d image so the screen go blurry with those colours. I already have reinstalled new drivers from the ATI website. I still have the problem, occasionaly the catalyst would use vpu restore. I have no idea what caused it because before it was fine
  4. tweakboy

    tweakboy TechSpot Maniac Posts: 518

    Can be heat problem, Could be PSU ,,

    Make sure you have proper cooling ,,

    What are you temps ? GPU ,, CPU ??

    also driver cleaner pro in safe mode,

    install official drivers ,
  5. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    As previously said, check your video card's temperature. You can use Everest Home Edition to check it out.

    And also take a look at your PSU (power supply). How many amperes (a) does it have on the +12V rail (or rails)? That info should be located on the PSU's sticker.

    Regards :wave:
  6. usetheforce7

    usetheforce7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 18

    the temps r as follows:

    CPU: 38c
    HD: 46c

    cooling fan
    CPU: 3516 rpm

    voltage values
    cpu core: 1.41V
    +3.3V: 3.23V
    +12V: 11.84V
    VBAT battery: 3.09V
    DIMM: 2.54V
  7. tweakboy

    tweakboy TechSpot Maniac Posts: 518

    Ok first off your hard drive is way way too hot, The life of the drive is going to be shortened. That is a idle temp too, probably goes to 50c and beyond on full load,

    Your cpu temp is fine, you mite try increasing cpu voltage to gain stability,
  8. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Did you check that?

    BTW, don't increase the CPU voltage. It will make it run hotter. It is completely unnecessary to do that, and increasing the CPU voltage can reduce your CPU's lifespan.
  9. usetheforce7

    usetheforce7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 18

    the rail is +12v rail, its 20A....400watt power unit
  10. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    That should be enough for a 9550 card.
    What about the Radeon's temperature? Does the card have a fan on it? Is it spinning?

    Also, you should clean the whole computer with a can of compressed air. Clean all the fans, the PSU, the heatsinks and the mobo.
    That could help :)
  11. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    Is the card seated properly, with nothing touching it? Did you do anything to the card like change the drivers before this all happened?
     
  12. usetheforce7

    usetheforce7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 18

    nothing is touching it, i cleaned the whole pc today, the card has its own fan that is working...could it be the screens fault perhaps?. like a instability with the colours displayed
  13. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    I doubt it if the monitor works fine when you aren't playing games.
  14. usetheforce7

    usetheforce7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 18

    well their are like lines of something that looks the screen is fluctuating, like when it displays some colours u can see those greenish lines appear and flicker
  15. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    You could try another monitor, but I don't think that the monitor is faulty. Try removing your card, resetting your BIOS (remove the coin-shaped battery for 3-4 minutes)and try again. If your mobo has an onboard video card, try it out.
  16. usetheforce7

    usetheforce7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 18

    kk il try that now, il check back in 10 mins
  17. usetheforce7

    usetheforce7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 18

    no success, game still crashes, im slowly losing it
  18. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    It could be a dying/defective card as well. I would try another video card in your computer and then see what happens, or put that video card in another computer and see if it works.
  19. usetheforce7

    usetheforce7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 18

    il try that as soon i can, im still waiting from ati for a a report analysis. but thx anyway
  20. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Does your mobo have an onboard video card?
  21. tweakboy

    tweakboy TechSpot Maniac Posts: 518

    Could be software issue possibly,,, most probably heat issue,,
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