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Now this is just wierd.....

This is where you can ask questions and get and give help about hardware related issues. This Forum will be moderated by Taw with help from some other experts. So feel free to ask any questions you may have about computers.

Post Mon Aug 07, 2006 1:08 am

Now this is just wierd.....

Hi whenever i start freelancer it freezes and ges back to normal exept for one exeption: 3d objects have got squares missing, it also happens with other games like age of empires 3 and the sims 2. Im gonna get some pictures up shortly.

Post Mon Aug 07, 2006 1:24 am

You might want to includes some stats that your running on your computer. Vid, and so forth. If it happens on several games, I would say its a video driver problem. When was the last up date done?

Edited by - Finalday on 8/7/2006 11:03:32 AM

Post Mon Aug 07, 2006 6:49 am

Ive never updated the driver. Ill se if I can get an update.

Post Mon Aug 07, 2006 11:57 am

you might also want to make sure you're running DirectX9.0c. Quite often when game installers run, it's rather easy to install on older version of DirectX that's packaged on the install disc over your current installation. My son used to have a nasty habit of doing this until a spell in a Tawaklnistan labour camp taught him otherwise. You can d/l DirectX from M$ Update either as a web install or you can download the full Redist instead (I always do the latter)

if you update your display drivers and DX9.0c is ok, then perhaps your card is running hot. Check you have proper cooling both on your card and in your case.

Post Tue Aug 08, 2006 6:27 am

Well, im running Direct x 9.0c so im gonna try and update the drivers.

Post Tue Aug 08, 2006 6:54 am

Well Im running the latest version of the drivers and the grahical error is still occuring. My graphics card is a Nvidia Geforce FX 5600.

Edited by - cbrain on 8/8/2006 7:55:38 AM

Edited by - cbrain on 8/8/2006 7:55:51 AM

Post Tue Aug 08, 2006 9:59 am

You may be able to find some moree info in this thread.

Post Tue Aug 08, 2006 4:05 pm

I really need you to put up some representative pictures, because this could be anything from AGP dividers set wrongly, to pixellation due to overheated card, or even failing VRAM. I'll be able to figure it out from what you show me.

Post Wed Aug 09, 2006 12:39 am

A picture is at this link:

Link no longer availeble, the site was shut down.

However, a more clear picture can be found here

If it dosent work let me know and i will email picture.

Edited by - cbrain on 9/17/2006 8:48:40 AM

Post Sat Aug 12, 2006 4:27 am

that sort of pixellation is usually do to faulty video memory on the card, I've seen similar before. The vram itself *may* be fine but your card might need additional cooling, if it's just got a passive heatsink or a stock cooler on but personally I'd replace the card. It's also characteristic of a card that's been previously overclocked and damaged as a result of overclocking. What's the make and model and where did you get it from?

sorry about the bad news. try a new cooler but I'm not holding out much hope.

Post Sat Aug 12, 2006 5:16 am

Taw, could he test the heat aspect by using canned air, inverting it, and cool the heat sink way down and try it, it is a truly heat issue? Like we use to to to over heated compressors.

Post Sat Aug 12, 2006 5:35 am

My graphics card is Nvidia Geforce 5600, as someone else built this computer for me i'm not sure where the card came from but I think it came from ebuyer.com.

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Post Tue Aug 15, 2006 9:01 am

I have contacted the persone who built my computer and sais the problem is described as 'tearing' which occurs when the GPU overheats, he sais my graphics card might need to be replaced.

Post Wed Aug 16, 2006 1:50 pm

not might, but does. liek I said, try a new cooler, an Arctic V I think will do the job (check on which ones right for the card) but if you ask me the damage has already been done. The overheating has frazzed the memory and its prob been overclcoked too.

FD - once it gets to that stage its a bit too late, even cooling a card in freon or glycol (like I do sometimes) makes no odds once the wafer thin vram chips or the GPU have been toasted. I'll never trust a passive heatsink for gaming, and if necessary I'll stick on old Socket 7 fan on and wire it up to a molex - any active cooling is better than none. Mind you, you can rarely put any faith in stock coolers, i usually chuck those away too, they're about as much use as a chocolate fireguard.

Post Fri Sep 01, 2006 12:42 am

If I put a new graphics card in, which would you recomend?

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