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Old 11-23-2006, 07:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hi i think ive made a topic about this before awhile back but it was fine for a good time and now its back.

Origonally my computer was randomly rebooting itself while playing world of warcraft, doing anything else would run fine. I figured it was a power supply problem causing a short out when the game is using more demand on the video card so i took it into a shop and they held onto it for two weeks and baisically did nothing and gave me a new power source.

after i got it back the computer started doing it more requently, however if i layed the case on its side then it had no issues with maintaining power. it only and still randomly shuts down when standing upright.

for awhile this worked and i decided not to fix it. i had to buy a new audio card casue the short outs and restarting blew the audio card...but untill recently everything else works fine.

starting two or three days ago my video freezes while playing and computer locks up however audio still works and the keyboard is still responcive to buttons (numlock light turns on when pushed and exctera) and i have to reboot to get out of the system freeze.

now within the past day im getting visual distortion.

theres a few links of the types of distortion i get in game and out of game. on black screen it has a blue distortion and on white it turns yellow.

the video card is getting overheated..majorly.

so heres what i need to find out i guess. is this rebooting and following problems all caused by drivers, the graphics card, lack of memory or the a faulty power supply that they screwed me over with?

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Old 11-23-2006, 07:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey, what are your sys specs?

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Old 11-24-2006, 01:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Bmsh
Hey, what are your sys specs?
Asus p4p800 MOBO with intel p4 2.8 gig with two 560 memory slots.
ati radeon 9800 pro graphics card, sound blaster x-fi sound card.

two hard drives, maxtor 120 gig and seagate 160 gig set up master/slave.

windows xp OS

550 watt output power supply

oh and i have about four fans in the thing...maybe more lol
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Old 11-24-2006, 03:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Looks and sounds a lot like a video card problem.

Have you tried taking your card out, then reseating it? Is it dusty, and maybe needs blown out? Does your card have a screw in the mounting tab to help support it?

The part about laying on its side is strange. Unless that is letting the card make better connection...

If you can get hold of another card, try swapping it out and seeing if it continues to do this.

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Old 11-24-2006, 04:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i remounted the power supply and flipped it upside down (the correct way) cause the friggin tech put it in upside down and the computer issnt shutting off now while standing. i cleaned out and pulled out the vid card allready and acctaully now occationally im getting a "power cord not connected message" upon boot up. im still getting the coloration problems and im sure if i try running a game the polygon structre will still bea ll screwy. im gonna download a temp control program to see what everything is running at....i checked in bios and it said the cpu is running at 40 C on average on bootup. could this possibly also be a ram problem?

oh and also if this helps between windows boot up and the login screen my monitor goes into idle state for about three seconds....i doubt thats normal.
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Old 11-24-2006, 08:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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That's a pretty old card... 2 or 3 years isnt it? Have you ever OCed it? It could be fried/dieing...
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yeah about 4 years old, i baught it when it was first released.

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