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Video Card overheating?

By AzureCuzYeah
Jul 30, 2006
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  1. Just recently I just took out an air conditioner in my room that kept the room around a constant 60F. After doing this my computer started to freeze and have weird funny patterns on the screen. Then while the computer was still on the screen would display the monitors start up screen as if the computer wasn't on. It was over two years since I last formatted my computer so I figured that it was just the build up of bugs so I wiped it clean. I installed the same game and played it for about 20 minutes and the same thing happened after the format. I opened up my case and felt the heat coming from the video card and it was extremely hot even though the heatsink was blowing and I had 3 fans (1 blowing in 2 blowing out). I turned the computer back on and opened up a program called speedfan, which tells you the temperatures and speeds of fans in your PC. I noticed that the numbers were extremely higher then they used to be (when I was at college and my room was 90F), It doesnt not say exactly what the temps belong to but it used to be like this. (This is a estamate)

    Temp1 25C
    Temp2 25C
    Temp3 30C
    Local 40C
    Remote 50C
    Temp 1 25C

    I have no idea what they actually are but I am guessing the 4 temps are on the motherboard and the local and remote are my graphics card and power source. (I don't know why there are two Temp1's) Right now I have my game minimized and a few messengers open and the temperatures are:

    Temp1 26C
    Temp2 25C
    Temp3 46C
    Local 54C
    Remote 65C
    Temp1 22C

    The changes in Temp 3, Local, and Remote sensors are drastic. Since I am not sure what each one is I cannot tell what to replace or fix. I noticed that the heatsink of the graphics card is spinning still although it isnt the fastest thing in the world and the fan on the power source is still going. The graphics card is a WinFast A400GT aka (Nvidia 6800GT). I have had it for about 6 months total now and I had the newest Nvidia driver as they came out. For the power source; it is a no-name brand 350W. It came with my old computer case and I never invested in a new one. On Speedfan it also gives readings on the power. Currently this is what its reading:

    Vcore1: 1.52V
    Vcore2: 2.58V
    +3.3V: 3.31V
    +5V: 4.19V
    +12V 12.48V
    -12V: -9.3V
    -5V: -4.80
    +5V: 2.71V
    Vbat: 4.08

    I do not know what any of this means but hopefully it will tip off a red flag if it is part of the problem. I cannot tell when exactly the problem started happening exactly because the air conditioner might of been cooling my computer enough to keep it running smoothly. I just need to know the proper course of action to take to fix it, if thats a new heatsink, better cooling, or power source. Any help will be greatly appreciated.


    Operating System System Model
    Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600) Enclosure Type: Desktop
    Processor a Main Circuit Board b
    2.80 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
    8 kilobyte primary memory cache
    512 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. 8IPE1000P 1.x
    Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
    BIOS: Award Software International, Inc. Fa 09/06/2004
    Drives Memory Modules c,d
    120.02 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    109.73 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    ATAPI CD-RW 52X24X [CD-ROM drive]
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    WDC WD1200JB-00CRA1 [Hard drive] (120.03 GB) -- drive 0 2048 Megabytes Installed Memory

    Slot 'A0' has 512 MB
    Slot 'A1' has 512 MB
    Slot 'A2' has 512 MB
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    c: (NTFS on drive 0) 120.02 GB 109.73 GB free
    Network Drives
    None detected
    Users (mouse over user name for details) Printers
    local user accounts last logon
    Lawrence 7/30/2006 8:27:08 PM (admin)
    local system accounts
    Administrator never (admin)
    ASPNET never
    Guest 7/30/2006 7:25:26 PM
    HelpAssistant never
    SUPPORT_388945a0 never

    DISABLED Marks a disabled account; LOCKED OUT Marks a locked account
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    Controllers Display
    Standard floppy disk controller
    Intel(R) 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers
    Primary IDE Channel [Controller]
    Secondary IDE Channel [Controller] NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT [Display adapter]
    DELL P1110 [Monitor] (19.7"vis, s/n 9171R0BO7LWQ, November 2000)
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    Intel(R) 82801EB USB Universal Host Controller - 24D4
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    Intel(R) 82801EB USB Universal Host Controller - 24DE
    Intel(R) 82801EB USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 24DD MPU-401 Compatible MIDI Device
    Realtek AC'97 Audio
    Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit
    Standard Game Port
    Communications Other Devices

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    Intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network Connection
    Wireless-G PCI Adapter
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    Gateway: 192.168.1.1
    Physical Address: 00:0C:41:61:31:83

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    Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
    HID-compliant mouse
    USB Root Hub (5x)
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,177

    If you want to see the temp of your video card (if it's enabled) use NVTweak or the "cool bits" registry key. Those can show you real time temps of the card. NVTweak will show a timeline which is good to see how hot it gets during games.
  3. AzureCuzYeah

    AzureCuzYeah TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Its even hotter then what was listed
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