Screen randomly freezes to solid colour

By nubki11a
Aug 10, 2013
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  1. Hey everyone, I've got a really strange problem that I can't seem to solve whatever I try :(

    Since about a month and a half, I've been having a strange issue with my computer where (almost always when I'm gaming) my screen turns to a random solid colour, often with little lines. It looks like this:


    It usually occurs when I'm playing [url="]League of Legends[/url], always during a time when not a lot is happening on my screen (for instance when I'm buying items). I think it only happened once when I was browsing.

    Sometimes it happens with only a half an hour interval and sometimes once in three hours.

    When it happens, the LCD on my keyboard also freezes, but any music I have on or other audio will keep playing (it wont react when I press the play button on my keyboard or headset). The strange thing is that when I'm on Skype and it happens, I can still hear my friends talk and they can still hear me. As far as I know, the only thing I can do is hold the power button and reboot.

    • I have reinstalled League of Legends.
    • I have tried to connect an additional screen (which is connected to my motherboard, not my graphics card), but that just froze and I couldn't alt-tab or move my cursor to it. So it seems like it's not my main screen and less likely that it is my graphics card.
    • I have installed the most recent drivers.
    • I have Secure Erased my SSD with Windows and reinstalled Windows with new drivers etc.
    • I have updated my SSD's firmware.
    • I have checked my temperatures and they never get high when I play games, max. 60C.
    • I have looked at the Windows Logs, but could't find anything asides some kind of WIM error that seemed to happen a lot.
    • I have cleared dust out of my PC.
    • I have reset the BIOS.

    I am planning on connecting my secondary screen as main screen and see what happens. I'm also checking whether I can still shutdown my PC via the Start menu. If it still happens I will try to put my old nVidia 9600GT in my PC.


    Motherboard: ASRock Extreme 3 Gen 3
    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K @3.3 GHz
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212
    Graphics Card: Sapphire HD 6870, at stock speeds.
    Power Supply: Corsair TX650 v2
    RAM: G.Skill RipjawsX
    Screen: NEC LCD22WV
    SSD: Crucial M4 64GB
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F1 750GB
    Keyboard: Logitech G15

    The computer is about a year and a half old.

    Does anyone have any idea what it could be? Any help greatly appreciated!
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Swap out the Sapphire HD 6870 with the nVidia 9600GT... and make sure you load the correct video drivers for the video card in use

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