Is this a graphics card problem?

By gsierra ยท 6 replies
Aug 14, 2006
  1. Not sure what's going on!!! eMachines Model T3256 about a year and a half old. We played all the games on it all the time. All of a sudden problems started. The games played the most were Backyard Baseball, Toontown, and rolercoaster tycoon. All playable at one time. Installed Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 and things went bad. Did everything i could but cannot figure whats going on. Updated drivers for graphics cards, directx,......

    The only thing i did notice is that when I run the test Direct 3D i do see cubes in all three tests but i only see the logo on the faces of the cube on test 7interfaces. 8 and 9 interfaces, i see only the cubes. On the surfaces are strange patterns and colors.

    Thought maybe someone out there could help.

    here are the particulars with my PC:

    Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.050301-1519)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: eMachines
    System Model: Product Name
    BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
    Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 3200+, MMX, 3DNow, ~2.2GHz
    Memory: 448MB RAM
    DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
    DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.2180 32bit Unicode
    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce4 MX Integrated GPU
    Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce4 MX Integrated GPU
  2. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Hello and Welcome to Techspot! :)

    What exactly went bad with Rollercoaster Tycoon 2?
    Those strange patterns and color may be caused by overheating. Have you cleaned all the dust inside your case lately? If not, please do it. Clean all the fans (power supply, CPU, etc.), the motherboard, heatsinks, etc. And then try again.
  3. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    check the system requiremets for that game, i see you have intergted graphics whitch isnt to good for most games, jsut make sure you meet the reuimets
  4. gsierra

    gsierra TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It happend so long ago, i forgot details. It played for a while. But then like the other games I mentioned it just went bad. They all had strange patterns.

    i have not cleaned anything.

    Attached is a screenshot of toontown.

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  5. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    Are you sure you have the latest Dirrect x and viedo card drivers installed?
  6. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    You should clean your PC. They really hate dust.
  7. whtddusy516

    whtddusy516 TS Enthusiast Posts: 113

    I highley doubt that the fact the card is integrated means anything, ive gotten mine to play on an old Intel 810/815. But yea I would check for dust.
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