Box patterns when I play a 3D game

By 13xy43 ยท 6 replies
Aug 29, 2008
  1. Motherboard: ASUS M2N-MX SE PLUS
    CPU: AMD A64 x2 4400+ @ 2.3GHz
    PSU: ATX switching power supply with 450W max.

    Graphic Card: PNY Geforce 8600GT 512MB GDDR3

    when i run counter strike source

    MANY boxes appear and fill up the whole screen in a pattern and they are usually
    green or a bright purple
    ****This happens with EVERY game i play.****

    Sometimes even videos in windows media player.

    When i first tried my PNY GeForce 8600GT with Counter strike source,
    this problem didnt happen, i was even running at HIGH everything
    Anti Aliasing and anistropic filtering at 150 FPS+, then
    suddenly when i tried to run counter strike source,this happened.

    My graphics card runs at around 60C.

    if you can, provide me with any help you can give. Thank you very much.

    * I believe the boxes are called artifacts*
    and they are laid out in a chess like pattern.
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    If your card is running at 60C when the artifacting happens, then you've got to get a new one. Otherwise if the card's temp exceeds 70C while heavy gaming, it's overheating. You can log temperatures over a period of time by using the appropriate function in a program like RivaTuner and letting it record the temperatures in the background while you play a game.
  3. tweakboy

    tweakboy TS Guru Posts: 467

    Thats your memory on the videeo card overheating. Open your case door and gl,,
  4. 13xy43

    13xy43 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    You dont think its PSU or MOBO or anything else?
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    Doesn't your motherboard have onboard graphics? Enable it if needed and connect your monitor to that and if the artifacts go away, the 8600GT is bad.
  6. 13xy43

    13xy43 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ive done that many times already. (connected the monitor to my onboard graphics) And Yes, the artifacts do go away.Now, i have installed all the latest drivers, disabled onboard graphics when installing my 8600GT andinstalled the grpahics card with the anti virus off and nothing has worked. Any suggestions?
  7. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    As I said before, if the artifacts go away, the 8600GT is bad. I suggest replacing the graphics card. If the card is still under warranty, consider exchanging it at the retailer or manufacturer (whichever is applicable). If you send it back to the manufacturer or to an online vendor, get an RMA first.
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