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Old 11-09-2009, 12:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I've recently run into an issue when I'm playing games on my computer. The games in question are Prince of Persia 08 and Bioshock. Shortly after I start playing these games my computer screen will go half pixelated, and then continue to freeze, resulting in me having to manually reset my computer. I have a NVidia Geforce 9800 GT, so I don't believe that it's a problem with limitations. I've also played games like Aion, Left 4 Dead, WoW, Spore with no problems. I installed a cheap fan just in case I was over heating it, and even turned the settings down on the games, but nothing has changed. If anyone has any idea what it might be, please let me know. Someone suggested at work it might be that my card is fried, however, I'm not too sure. Thanks in advance.

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Let me know if you need any more specifics. Pretty fusterated at this at the moment (I'd rather PC game than console).
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you have the latest drivers from nvidia and are both of the games fully updated with the latest patches?
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Download Furmark - FurMark v1.7.0 download from Guru3D.com
Install it, launch it, select Stability Test and click Go. Let it run for 2 minutes (hit the Escape key to stop) and tell us what your temperature was when it started and when you exited the program.
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Old 11-09-2009, 01:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've installed both patches for the nvidia card and the game patches before I posted, still ended up having these problems. I ran the test with FurMark, and over the span of 2 minutes it recorded from 67 to 90 temp. I had the Log GPU temp box checked as well as the Fullscreen option and the screen size at 1680 x 1050. Let me know if you need any more information and thanks again for the quick responses.
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90C is getting pretty hot for a gpu. Open up the case and give it a cleaning (can of compressed air). especially the cooling fan on the gpu.
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If it continues to act up after cleaning it then you should contact the manufacturers support site. Some Manufacturers offer a Lifetime Warranty and some offer 2-3 years. If it's out of warranty then a new heatsink assembly may fix it up.
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I'll try cleaning it out as soon as possible, and if that doesn't work, contact my manufacture (only bought it a year ago). I'll repost my results.
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