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Windows 7: Monitor Display Crashing/Turning one colour/Displacing

30 Sep 2013   #1
DaneilUK

Windows 7 Home premium 64-bit
 
 
Monitor Display Crashing/Turning one colour/Displacing

Hey there,

I've had this computer for about 1 and a half years after ordering it of PC specialist.
About 2 weeks ago after going to a LAN with my computer (i49 in the UK), my computer starting having a lot of graphical errors, where the screen would split so that the right side of my screen would appear on my left, and what normally would be the left edge of the screen would be somewhere in the middle of my monitor, and there would be a lot of static sometimes. If I move my mouse off the right edge of my monitor it would appear on the left on what should be the right of the screen. Or the screen would suddenly turn one colour, and I wouldnt be able to do anything apart from wait for the display to go back to something semi-normal or just restart my computer. I'm having trouble of getting a picture of this as when I take a screenshot, or stream my monitor display, it doesn't show any of the errors at all. (SEE IMGUR LINK AT THE BOTTOM)

My monitor display hops around between the problems above, I think when I start doing more intensive things, like playing games like Starcraft 2 and League of Legends, it increases the chance of the display crashing. The only solution I have found so far is to restart my computer (sometimes by just holding the power button if the screen is one colour and doesn't change back to a semi normal display after a bit).

On startup the screen is back to normal, but then it always starts happening again, sometimes after only 5 minutes of using my computer, sometimes after an hour.
I've tried using a friends monitor and the same thing happens, and I tried using a different VGA cable, and the same thing happens, so it isn't my monitor or VGA cable that is the problem.
I've also tried rolling back my graphics card drivers, and updating them, to no avail. All of them are up to date now.

Specs:
Processor (CPU): Intel® Core™i5-2400 Quad Core (3.10GHz, 6MB Cache) + HD Graphics
Motherboard: ASUS® P8H61-M LE/USB3 (NEW REV 3.0): M-ATX, USB 3.0, SATA 3.0Gb/s
Memory (RAM): 4GB SAMSUNG DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz (2 X 2GB)
Graphics Card: 1GB AMD RADEON™ HD6850
Power Supply: 450W Quiet 80 PLUS Dual Rail PSU
Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Screenshot of what is happening:

http://i.imgur.com/SLptvCj.jpg[1]

This is a very confusing image. I'll try and explain what is happening. So this is a screenshot of my display - which does not show anything weird happening, but weirdness IS happening. In the screenshot, I am running OBS and pointing a webcam at the screen. Now in the webcam image, you can see my taskbar ( I have it vertically on the left side of my screen) in the middle of my monitor display, if you look at the top left of the taskbar you can see the minimize, maximise, and close program options that should be in the top right corner of my display. After taking this screenshot I started running more programs and trying to tax my computer so it would glitch a bit more, but it just went one colour and I had to restart my computer.
Do any of you know what is causing this problem, or how to fix it? I realise this post is pretty confusing, sorry about that. Thanks in advance!


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30 Sep 2013   #2
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

What warranty did you take out with PCS? Their customer service is first rate and if you're still in warranty you're laughing.

For starters though I'd try uninstalling the GPU (remove all traces of drivers and software), remove it from the rig and check for any dust in the fan and heatsink area. If there is any present, clean it out with some short bursts of canned compressed air or a soft brush. Then reinstall it using the latest drivers and make sure you perform a clean install.

Just to rule anything else out, run on the iGPU while the 6850 is removed and see if the problem persists. Keep us posted.
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30 Sep 2013   #3
DaneilUK

Windows 7 Home premium 64-bit
 
 

This is what it says about my warranty - "3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)".

The 1 year parts warranty has run out, all I have is the 3 year labour now, not sure what the means though?

I've tried taking out my Radeon graphics card and running my computer just of the iGPU like you suggested, and everything seems to be working fine as I am typing this to you, although sometimes problems didn't show up for 10-20 mins after startup so I'll wait and see I guess.
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30 Sep 2013   #4
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Yeah you're out of warranty on parts unfortunately. Did the GPU look dusty at all? Give it a clean anyway, it won't hurt. Run on the iGPU for an hour or two just to make 100% sure that nothing else is playing up and throwing a curveball in there, then when you're satisfied things look OK reinstall the 6850, but make sure you perform a clean install when installing the latest drivers.

EDIT: Do you use a GPU program like ASUS AI Tweak or MSI Afterburner?
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30 Sep 2013   #5
DaneilUK

Windows 7 Home premium 64-bit
 
 

Yep, so I've been running it off the iGPU for about an hour now and everything is going smoothly! After some optimisation I can still get around 40 fps on LoL so this is a fine temporary solution I guess. I also reseated and de-dusted the 6850 when all this started happening. I haven't used either of the programs you said in the edit, I assume they are to overclock my GPU or something? I haven't done anything like that to it.

In response to reinstalling the 6850, my hard drive stopped working in (I think) an unrelated incident last week, and made the computer freeze on the Windows loading screen on startup. I got a guy to repair it, but he had to wipe my harddive, so he did a fresh instalation of Windows and installed all my drivers and such. The graphical problem was happening before this, and still after (hence the post), so would installing my GPU again do anything different to what has already been done a week ago? Because that would have affectively been a clean install ?
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30 Sep 2013   #6
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

The programs I mentioned can monitor GPU temperatures, I just wondered if you knew what they were. It's looking like the GPU could be flaky if it's happened on two Windows installs unfortunately. It would still be worth a try reinstalling it with a clean driver install though, it may well work.

I have to ask, you are certain the repair bloke did a fresh install of Windows?
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30 Sep 2013   #7
DaneilUK

Windows 7 Home premium 64-bit
 
 

I did use a program to check the temperature of my GPU, called HWMonitor. It showed the temperature of all my cores as well and such. The GPU was running at 30-31 Celsius and didn't change from around there, so I don't think overheating was a problem. Thanks very much for your help in all this! I posted to quite a few different forums, and you where the fastest responder and the most helpful by far. Many thanks!
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30 Sep 2013   #8
DaneilUK

Windows 7 Home premium 64-bit
 
 

Quite certain about the fresh Windows, the hard drive was completely wiped when I got it back, apart from the necessary drivers and other tat you get with a fresh installation. All the users had been wiped as well, I only have 1 user now and haven't got round to setting up a guest acc.
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30 Sep 2013   #9
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

OK no problem on the fresh install. Glad to help out, at least as far as getting you working again. If you ever do try to reinstall the 6850 please let us know how you get on, or give us a shout if you ever decide to buy a new GPU if your current one is indeed no good. If it's a Power Color card (PCS tend to use those mainly for AMD cards) it may be worth getting in touch with them to see about warranty, they may offer you an RMA. I know someone over at PCS, I could ask them if they could offer any info or advise if you like?
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30 Sep 2013   #10
DaneilUK

Windows 7 Home premium 64-bit
 
 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, if its not too much trouble!
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