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Is my card stuffed?

By danger55
Oct 31, 2006
  1. I just put together my new rig (specs below) and am already faced with a tough problem.
    I found in BF2 that the screen would randomly freeze for about 12-16 secs then continue on. I also tried to check if the same happened in 3dMark05 and it did. Everything will be going fine then it freezes for a bit then resumes. The freezing seems to happen more regularly in the second scene and in fact, after the loading bar for that scene is complete, sometimes the screen remains black (ie. the it stays frozen and won't display).

    I have tried heaps of stuff to pinpoint the problem but can't! This is what I've tried and keep getting the same prob......

    - everything in bios is set to default including cpu and ram, but i've also tried over clocking and underclocking both
    - overclocked, underclocked and stock speed on graphics card
    - ran Memtest for 10 hrs with no errors so it can't be the ram.
    - disconnected my second hdd and DVD to see if it was a conflict
    - ran superpi32 with no problems

    Also temps are fine 'cause I've left the side of the case off and also tried with a 120mm fan on the side of the case. Also gpu gets to about 70deg max. when under load.

    Can someone pleaseeeeese help me? I can only assume the graphics card is faulty but I won't to make sure I've tried everything first before I send it back. Appreciate any help!!!!!!
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    DFI Infinity UltraII-M2 (BIOS08/09/06)
    AMD Athlon64 x2 3800+ Dual Core
    2x 1024M OCZ Gold Gamer Edition XTC 800Mhz
    1x Maxtor 250G HDD
    1x Quantum Fireball 40G HDD
    Albatron 7600GT 256M
    1x LG Super- Multi DVD/CD-R
    450W Antec SmartPower PSU
    WinXP Pro. SP2
     
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

  3. danger55

    danger55 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    They are close to up to date.... here's a dumb question, which drivers under device manager do I uninstall before installing the new ones??

    As for power, the calculator shows about 420W (...and that's with some minor exaggerations I put in)
     
  4. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    for mobo drivers it will just install over them, so don't uninstall them.. usually its the graphics card/video card that you need to uninstall before putting a different one etc on.
     
  5. danger55

    danger55 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    I've still got his bloody problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I've now upgraded my psu to a OCZ 600W, reinstalled windows and all the latest drivers, tested RAM, everything.
    I guess there is nothing more to try, unless someone has some other ideas.......................
     
  6. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    you could try the card in question on another PC with similar specs to yours..
     
  7. danger55

    danger55 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Well it's been a while but I ended up sending my card back and it was replaced. I stuck it in yesterday and at first it seemed ok in bf2, but then the freezing problem returned.

    I ran memtest again overnight for 8.5 hours with no errors and also dropped everything back to stock speed/voltage/settings and ran 2 instances of Prime95 (one on each core). What I found was that about a minute after starting the second instance, core 0 would fail. This happened repeatedly.

    I dare say it is likely to not be my card (you can't possibly get 2 dodgy cards in a row can you???). Do you think it may be cpu?

    I am at a complete loss as to what to do next. Appreciate any help!
     
  8. Surkitz

    Surkitz TS Rookie Posts: 145

    have you updated the game patches?
     
  9. danger55

    danger55 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Yes, with the recently released patch. The problem was also there before.
     
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    I believe it may be the CPU/mobo then, since everything else seems to be OK.
     
  11. danger55

    danger55 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    That's what I'm thinking....
    Most likely the dual core. I have recently seen hundreds of threads with people having very similar issues. Seems to be in the way xp is 'talking' to the d/c.

    I figured if it was the mobo, I'd probably be having issues all over the place ie. browsing, internet, video.....The only time I seem to be getting problems is in game. And yes, I've reinstlled the games a few times and patched 'em.
    Does this sound right to you??

    I'm only hoping I can send the dual core back and exchange for a single. I'm well and truly over this!!!!!
     
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