green/purple flickering while playing games with my 6600gt

By freedomnum1 ยท 8 replies
Jul 21, 2006
  1. the game is ok for around 5 minutes before green/purple flickering occurs all over the screen starts off slow then the whole screen is covered, i checked the temp and it is around 81c while not in games and can hit 100+ while playing games with full detail on. its only recently started doing this (since the hot weather in the uk) i have had the card for around 5 months with no problems until now.
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    That`s definitely a heat problem.

    Maybe you should invest in a good gpu cooler. See HERE.

    Untill you get one, open your case and aim a desk fan into the case.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  3. Mr47

    Mr47 TS Rookie Posts: 17

    81C in idle is way too hot for a 6600GT!!
    it should be lower than 50C even 45C...

    move the case if it's in direct sunlight, build in some case fans, or even keep the side board of the case opened.
    And change the thermal paste on your GPU.
  4. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    do nto continue operating the card at these temps! it can destroy it! try improving the airflow in your case. check to see that the GPU cooler fan is not clogged or obstructed and that it is spinning free and clear.
  5. freedomnum1

    freedomnum1 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well i put a house fan infront and it pushed the temp down to 62 without playing any games i am going to check in my system today
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Since we're on this topic, can anyone give any guidelines on how to clean a GPU heatsink? A step-by-step method would be quite helpful since I want to know how to do this if I need to do it myself in the future. KingCody, are u listening mate?
  7. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    take a can of dust-off or some other form of compressed gas, and with the system off spray into the fan and heatsink until it is clean. spray using the can upright, as turning it on its side or spraying upside down will release freezing cold chemicals onto your card.

    it's not at all complicated, just use common sense to avoid a faceful of dust.
  8. i_am_a_newbie

    i_am_a_newbie TS Rookie Posts: 170

    How about double stack coolers? I have a SAPPHIRE Radeon X850XT and the cooler on it is covered by a plastic casing, I can't exactly pull it off(well I probably could but I don't want to break it). It's a stock cooler so I did not install it myself.

    (terribly sorry for hijacking this thread, it's been bugging me for a while)
  9. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    i clean those by spraying the gas down the length of the heatsink, from one end. the gas itself has plenty of pressure to get the dust out.
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