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Windows 7: GTX 260 artifacts and freezes during games

12 Dec 2011   #1
DarkFang

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
GTX 260 artifacts and freezes during games

I recently purchased an EVGA GTX 260 and I've been having some problems with it.

When I was playing Starcraft II, I noticed the top left of the screen was in the bottom right, and it had some artifacts. Shortly after, it froze and I had to restart my computer. That happened twice. The third time I was playing Counter-Strike: Source and I alt-tabbed to my Firefox window, and my screen went blank. I had to restart after that as well. I also see artifacts every once in a while on the desktop.

I've removed and reinstalled the drivers three different times. What could it be?

I recently purchased a new power supply because the old one didn't have enough 6-pin connectors for my video card. Not sure if that has anything to do with it.

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 940 @ 3.00GHz
Memory: 4GB DDR2 G.Skill
Motherboard: ECS A780GM-A
Power Supply: OCZ ZT Series 750W


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12 Dec 2011   #2
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

it could jsut be a faulty GPU, some just come out the factory that way.

It could also be RAM though, so do some memory tests and run 1 stick at a time ect.
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13 Dec 2011   #3
DarkFang

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I'll contact EVGA today and see if they can do anything.
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13 Dec 2011   #4
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Was this purchased new?

Heat can be an issue.

Did you run this card without both 6 pin connectors plugged in?

Evga has a great warranty progam, and as long as you have registered it and have the proper documentaion they can help you out.

Fabe
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13 Dec 2011   #5
mrwearysinner

Windows 7 Ultumate x64
 
 

well theres a chance it came like that..im using XFX GTX 260..and its a delight.
as the others have said..if bought new..contact EVGA.
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13 Dec 2011   #6
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit Technical Preview
 
 

you didn't happen to overclock it? that happen to me when i went overboard with the over clock on my ati card and i had to fix it in safe mode by removing the drivers loool now i know my limit on oc XD
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13 Dec 2011   #7
DarkFang

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Yes it was purchased new.

The heat never went above 50C. I don't even think it went above 45C.

Yes both 6 pin connectors were plugged in.

Nope, never OC'd it. It came like this.
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13 Dec 2011   #8
DarkFang

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I just noticed the card is PCI Express 2.0 x16. My board is only a PCI Express x16. Would that be causing the problem?
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13 Dec 2011   #9
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

shouldnt cause an issue. pci express is backwards compatible
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14 Dec 2011   #10
mrwearysinner

Windows 7 Ultumate x64
 
 

iv looked around and it seems sometimes the recent NVIDIA drivers malfunction try uninstalling the recent one and install the previous version..which might be more stable..NVIDIA drivers are prone to having glitches rather than ATI drivers..though im a fan of NVIDIA still
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