Screen distortion (gfx card?)

PaulF

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I managed to get a screenshot of my problem, however when taking the screenshot it gets better to a degree. Therefore my problem is slightly more extreme than the photo.

http://www.lierox.net/etc/gfx.jpg


Video card overheating?
I have the Radeon 9600 256mb (8X). It has a working fan on it and it is NOT overclocked. Running default settings.

I don't see how it would be overheating but this is the only thing I can think of.

My drivers are all up to date and I have had this card for about 6 months. It has happened once before about a month ago, I turned off the PC for a day and it went back to normal. Until recently, it started acting up again.


I use that screenshot for an example, but the problem exists during ANY activity and I also get a constant thick horizontal (slightly transparent) line that travels from the top of my screen to the bottom about once every second. Could this be related?
 

PaulF

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Alright, you may be correct.
But this could be a coincidence. My Television is right next to my monitor. I turn my TV on, I get interferance and "artifacting", I turn it off and it goes away.
I didn't know EMI would cause something like "artifacting" but rather just flickering and shadowed edges. So I moved my desk about 2 extra feet away and now it's perfectly fine.

hmph, I still want a new card since this one is "Visiontek" and a cheapy. Are there any decent cards I can get for under $150?
 

Don

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That happened to me on my laptop, I found out that is was a problem with one of my Ram sticks, I took it out and it fixed it. I have no idea what it has to do with ram..
 
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