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Windows 7: card artifacts?

18 Feb 2011   #1
Sabotage

Windows 7 Home Prem. 64-bit
 
 
card artifacts?

the last few days i ahve been getting these artifacts while playing some games. I've never had a problem like this before with my graphics card ( i think that's the problem)

i have been getting these types of artifacts (minecraft) - Pics

also similar artifacts in Company of Heroes

i didn't get any while playing Mafia 2 or Counter Strike Source.


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18 Feb 2011   #2
Maguscreed

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I'm not seeing what you are referring to as artifacts, then again I've always thought minecraft looked like digital noise to begin with. .
Generally they are a indication that the hardware is going bad, or that the memory has overheated at some point.

If they are caused by damage, the probably will more than likely get progressively worse.
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18 Feb 2011   #3
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Windows 7 Home Prem. 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
I'm not seeing what you are referring to as artifacts, then again I've always thought minecraft looked like digital noise to begin with. .
Generally they are a indication that the hardware is going bad, or that the memory has overheated at some point.

If they are caused by damage, the probably will more than likely get progressively worse.
the long black lines and the one red one, aren't normal.
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18 Feb 2011   #4
Maguscreed

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Ah okay see the game is so blocky they didn't really stand out to me not being familiar with it.
That's typical artifacting though.
See it here in counter strike.



Anyhow here's a link with some examples of different kind of artifacts and possible causes for them.
Diagnose video card problems by comparing with example corrupted screens

given the diagnosis on that page my initial 'the video ram has overheated' seems fairly accurate.
If you have overclocked your graphics card this is also a possible result from pushing the memory too hard.
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18 Feb 2011   #5
Sabotage

Windows 7 Home Prem. 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
Ah okay see the game is so blocky they didn't really stand out to me not being familiar with it.
That's typical artifacting though.
See it here in counter strike.



Anyhow here's a link with some examples of different kind of artifacts and possible causes for them.
Diagnose video card problems by comparing with example corrupted screens

given the diagnosis on that page my initial 'the video ram has overheated' seems fairly accurate.
If you have overclocked your graphics card this is also a possible result from pushing the memory too hard.
i haven't really played with anything clock speed wise, a few times i manually turned the fan up to 60% from 40% (seems to always stay on 40% set to auto)
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18 Feb 2011   #6
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

It would be odd that it's showing up in a game that's as easy on the graphics as minecraft but not some of the more intense games also.

The fact remains that the distortion you are seeing is fairly typical of a video ram problem though. ..Or possibly even just a heat problem, when was the last time you got a can of compressed air and gave the system a good clean up?

I also suggest removing the cpu overclock just for the purpose of troubleshooting.
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18 Feb 2011   #7
Sabotage

Windows 7 Home Prem. 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
It would be odd that it's showing up in a game that's as easy on the graphics as minecraft but not some of the more intense games also.

The fact remains that the distortion you are seeing is fairly typical of a video ram problem though. ..Or possibly even just a heat problem, when was the last time you got a can of compressed air and gave the system a good clean up?

I also suggest removing the cpu overclock just for the purpose of troubleshooting.
i dust out my system with an air compressor every 3-4 months. i try removing the overclocks later today.
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