TechSpot

Screen Flickers in Game, Graphics Card issue?

By sw123
Jun 27, 2008
  1. Hey everyone, been a while now

    So i got a new computer, happened to be an emachine. Knowing that emachines usually fail within a year, I replaced the powersupply with a Rosewill 300w ATX Power Supply. Since my older computer fried due to a powersupply failure, I decided to test my old parts in the new computer. I added 512MB Kingston ValueRAM, a GeForce FX5500 PCI Video card, my old hard drive from my old machine, and a new optical drive, a CD-RW 48x drive. After installing and configuring all the parts, and chaecking that all the parts worked, I went on to play World of Warcraft. After about 2 hours of play the screen began to flicker, and my framerate went down to around 7 fps. Then the screen went totally blank and the monitor read [[NO SIGNAL]]. I tried installing the latest drivers for the video card, but the same problem happened again. To me, it seems like it was overheating. The fans were running at full blast. What do you guys think?

    Thanks in advance

    sw123
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Try Memtest for 7 Passes
    Also download and run CCleaner (I know it's strange, but it'll probably fix it)
     
  3. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 595

    Ran CCleaner and Memtest ran 7 passes for each stick of RAM. All to no avail. :-(

    Could it be my GPU memory? Could it also overheat?
     
  4. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    the GeForce FX5500 PCI Video card is not a very good video card it would be best to get a better video card and pci video cards can be had pretty cheap, this forum has a sticky at the top about them. Also u might want to bet a better PSU in that emachine.
     
  5. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 595

    The PSU is NOT proprietary. The video card is fairly new but was not damaged when my motherboard fried. Only sometimes it flickers. Like yesterday it happened, but not before. System Specs:

    AMD Athlon 3200+
    240 GB HDD Space 160GB+80GB
    1 GB Kingston ValueRAM
    DVD-RW 16x
    Onboard Soundcard(Proprietary)
    MicroStar 7145 Motherboard

    There is one PCI-E slot available and I am considering an upgrade but I still need to save up to be able to afford it.
     
  6. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    Is it PCI-E X16 or X1? If 1, then just stick with regular PCI as its much, much easier.
     
  7. MikeU

    MikeU TS Rookie

    I have the same problem, I also need help!!

    My video card has been flickering from the past weeks and only maybe once a day or twice.. I would just restart and than it would work, But i would be playing WOW and i would see like different images like it would be a spot where i couldn't see anything it would be the same image as if i had moved so i could see around it looks.. IDK, But i had also disabled my video card and and uninstalled it. I used a Driver cleaner to clean out everything and installed my video card (Geforce 7900 GT). Now that i use my computer, When i open up counter-strike: source, I'd be owning people like always and than i would get the same effect as World of Warcraft. It's be like little lines and stuff so it makes me not able to see much things..

    When my video card was disabled it worked perfectly fine! But when I enabled it, My monitor would lose signal it would say than come back in for like a millisecond than go back to lose signal. Also as well logon screen sometimes their would be no images and it would start to flicker..

    IDK what the heck, is going on but can i please get some help as well??
     
  8. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    sw123, it does sound like overheating. As to why, I'm not sure. Since it's fairly new, dust shouldn't be a problem yet. Perhaps the heatsink has come loose and isn't firmly attached.
     
  9. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 595

    The Video Card has no heatsink. It hasnt done this before. I also tried WoW on lower settings. It stayed flickering. I also found new drivers off nVidia's website and installed them. It continued to flicker.

    Could it be that it was partially damaged from when my old computer fried? Or could there be a compatibility issue because the secondary hard drive has my old motherboard drivers on it, as well as the video card's drivers?

    Happy Pwnin :)

    PS:
    It is a PCI-E x16 slot.
     
  10. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    You're not booting from the secondary hard drive are you?
     
  11. MikeU

    MikeU TS Rookie

    I actually think i fixed it.. I took out my video card and put it back in.. Some reason it works perfectly fine! I've been playing CS and WOW nothing has came up yet!

    Maybe you should try that idk!
     
  12. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 595

    Nope. I am booting from the primary drive. It wouldnt work because it still has my old motherboard drivers still on it.
     
  13. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Are you overclocking your system or using a program like Rivatuner to overclock your video card?
     
  14. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 595

    Im not. I can't OC my system for some reason
     
  15. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Hello sw123,
    my post was directed to MikeU... I know he "hyjacked" your thread. You can't overclock if the motherboard's bios doesn't support overclocking. eMachines are basically made from "seconds" manufacturers reject parts. Parts that the good computer manufacturers won't buy. Especially their motherboards and power supplies
     
  16. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    Rivatuner works from Windows and will overclock any video card. and u are right no emachine will overclock.
     
  17. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Hi Nickc,
    I recently installed RivaTuner and I got the message "your video driver is not supported"... When I started some games, I would be distracted by flashes or shadows while playing the games. I uninstalled RivaTuner and the game play is back to normal
     
  18. Zilliak

    Zilliak TS Booster Posts: 164

    This may sound stupid but the same thing happend to me and it might have been that your card had oxidized thats what happend to mine so they told me to pull it out and then back in?!?!??! I also had the same video card get a 8600gt for that game that should be enough
     
  19. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Sometimes it can be useful to use a pencil eraser to clean the contacts too
     
  20. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 595

    I tried MikeU's solution of reinstalling my video card. I'll give it a five day test period to see if it helps.

    I also called Blizzard Technical support. They say it sounds like a heat problem but it could also be a driver problem. I reinstalled my drivers and also reinstalled my video card. No problems so far.

    I Thank you all for your help. I really appreciate it. :)
     
  21. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    If it has a fan it has a heatsink, albeit perhaps a small one. If the card is old, the thermal compound may have broken down or hardened and is not transferring heat properly. My 2 cents.
     
  22. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 595

    hmm. I should take a look at that.

    My 5 day test period is up. No luck. I'm simply considering just buying a new video card if i can. But for now, I'll try your idea.
     
  23. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 595

    Hello! Back from my trip to Lake Tahoe, NV.

    What i've noticed is after checking the thermal compound and reapplying it(Thermaltake Silver 5) it only flickers after my dad uses the computer. He doesn't do much, just read his email, pay bills, etc. If it helps, i will list the programs he uses

    Quicken Basic 2008
    IE7

    Thats it.

    Another observation:

    SInce the computer im reffering to is used by the whole family, we all have different accounts. There are 4, all admins.

    I did notice when this computer had only 1 account, the flickering did not occur.

    When the flickering did occur, i disabled many programs not needed, such as msmsgs.exe.

    Should i try deleting all but one account and save the files?
     
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.

Similar Topics

Add New Comment

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...