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Windows 7: Starcraft II crash/audio glitching followed by numerous graphic glitch

20 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
Starcraft II crash/audio glitching followed by numerous graphic glitch

Was playing Starcraft II when suddenly the game froze, half of the screen turned gray, and the game minimized to a crash reporter. Simultaneously, Skype crashed. Following this, graphics glitches/artifacts would pop up in program windows like Firefox (followed by Firefox crashing) and a video I was playing (this caused the most numerous glitches). These were occuring in nearly every window.

I have restarted my computer (forced reset) and they are nowhere to be found now. These kind of errors really bug me, because they are inconsistent. I can go months without having something like this happen. I want to get to the bottom of it and figure out what happened.

The only weird thing I've done is unlocked a core in my new CPU (new CPU, mobo, ram). I have had similar problems in the past. I've had the same GPU for 3 years.


8 gigs ram
64 bit windows
AMD phenom II x4 3.1 GHz processor (triple core with 1 core unlocked)
nvidia 8800GTS

I have attached a screenshot I took of one of the glitches in action. What's weird is the glitch will move with the window, and will remain consistent... I don't know whether this is a hardware issue, software, or both... Last time this happened, I was on a different mobo/cpu/ram, which leads me to suspect my graphics card is going bad. Can a bad graphics card crash programs??

In the past couple of years, I've had this happen on occaision... in the past couple of years, I have updated everything except my hard drive, cd drive, and graphics card... this leads me to think my graphics card is bad... what do you guys think?

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