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Random BSOD, possibly ties to video card?

By punkerex
Nov 3, 2010
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  1. Hello, I unfortunately am writing this from my iPhone, thank goodness, but that is because recently my computer started doing random BSOD's. The odd part is that before the BSOD happens, my screen (32" Samsung tv, actually) all of a sudden flashes what look like oldschool 8bit images of what appear to be *red snowflakes* in patterns of 3 all over the screen; something similar to this: *** *** *** ***. Then I get BSOD and comp either restarts or I have to do a manual restart.

    I guess my question is has anyone come across this type of problem before and how would I resolve this? I have a geforce 8800 vid card, drivers are updated and the only time this started happening was when I was either playing and MMO like WoW or doing video heavy work like playing a Netflix movie.

    Thank you all as always for any answers, responses, and your valuable time!

    ~CF
     
  2. Jonathan King

    Jonathan King TS Rookie Posts: 128

    Hello,

    At first read, it sounds as if the graphics card is failing. Let's take a look at the minidumps first.

    Could you please follow these directions?

    http://www.jcgriff2.com/BSODpostinstructions.html

    Zip up the output folder, and upload it to Rapidshare or a similar site.
     
  3. punkerex

    punkerex TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    I think I may have to just buy a new graphics card. In the middle of attempting the instructions, same instance occured and had to reset the comp. Thank you for your speedy reply and helpful information =]
     
  4. Jonathan King

    Jonathan King TS Rookie Posts: 128

    Just try to copy out the dumps then, using Safe Mode with Networking.

     
  5. punkerex

    punkerex TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    I tried this but when I am able to get in safe mode I can hardly make anything out and it keeps locking me out. I will update thus next week and see if it is just that I needed a new video card or not; again thank you for all help and suggestions!
     
  6. Jonathan King

    Jonathan King TS Rookie Posts: 128

    Yeah, it does sound like a bad card.

    Good luck with it.
     
  7. punkerex

    punkerex TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    Hi, sending an update from the computer now! Ordered a new card (EVGA gtx450) and that resolved it; seems to be I just needed a new video card =)

    Again, thank you for the replies and help!


    ~CF
     
  8. Jonathan King

    Jonathan King TS Rookie Posts: 128

    Thanks for the update punkerex, we appreciate it. I'm glad to hear it's all sorted out.
     

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