GeForce Ti4200 Troubles (please help)

Apr 10, 2003
  1. I am having a strange graphics problem that I have never before encountered. From time to time, and I believe solely in games (though more than one), my screen turns into a pattern of multi-colored nonsense and the computer becomes entirely unresponsive. I have yet to identify any triggers for this behavior, and it can happen frequently or infrequently (utterly random).

    The only remedy is to reset the machine (at which point the graphics problem still remains), and then switch it off and then back on again. This always fixes the problem, however temporarily.

    I am completely baffled by this and would greatly appreciate any assistance.

    Thanks for reading,

    Erik Blake
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    Errors I have seen like that have been caused by memory - Either system memory or your video card memory.

    Are you overclocking anything, per chance? You might want to try running your video card and CPU at stock speeds if this is the case.
  3. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Maniac Posts: 516   +12

    I once experienced problems like this when I was running games that didn't support Antialiasing or Anisotropic Filtering (both were enabled). Have you tried disabling both of these if they were enabled? If this does not fix the problem, it must be a memory problem as Rick said. Good Luck :grinthumb !
  4. DaveSylvia

    DaveSylvia TS Rookie Posts: 107

    ELB, what is the manufacturer of the video card? The reason I ask this is because for the past year or more specific Gainward cards have had the exact issue you mention. I, myself, had that very issue with the Gainward Geforce4 Ti4200 64MB model. I had to ship the card to Gainward and they sent me a replacement. The problem with these Gainward cards, as Rick said, is the memory. Any manufacturer can encounter bad memory but Gainward has had specific issues with such.
  5. ELB

    ELB TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes, thanks so much for the above. Turns out that it is a Gainward issue, and Gainward was very good about replacing.

    - Erik
  6. wicka_wicka

    wicka_wicka Banned Posts: 125

    Yep, try clicking the wrong button on powerstrip and you'll see what happened to ELB (transalation: I almost messed up my GF2.).
  7. DriverJosh

    DriverJosh TS Rookie

    I've had similar problems with the Abit Geforce Ti4200 128mb card. RMA'd it earlier in the week.
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