It doesn't really look like a video card usually does when it's overheating...my first guess would be corrupt drivers or something similar. Video cards usually die abruptly when they do die; it's not a gradual thing from my experience.
Since I don't have onboard graphics nor another video card, I will check the PSU readings with Everest Home Edition. What kind of values should I be expecting? Thanks for the suggestions so far, hope to get to the bottom of this.koala said:If your motherboard has onboard graphics try switching to that to see if the problem is still there, or try another graphics card.
Also, check your PSU readings with Everest Home Edition, free from www.lavalys.hu/products/download.php?pid=1&lang=en
(click the Computer icon, then Sensor to see temperatures and voltage values)
So what does this mean? Do I need a new video card?ebackhus said:www.memtest86.com
It sounds to me like the geometry engine of the GPU has gone AWOL. Acronyms!
What doesn't look promissing? Does this mean that my mother board is the problem or can I simply get a new video card?koala said:The readings look ok (much better than mine! I've got 13.5V on the +12V). Have you run memtest yet? You need to let it run for 10 passes, so it will take a few hours.
You could try changing the AGP from x8 to x4, but from what Ebackhus says, it doesn't look promising.
The lines don't just show up in the screenshot, they are on there when using windows. Also as noted earlier:WaltSide said:uhh, if those lines show up in a screenshot, i don't think it has anything to do with the video card, or the monitor, i think it's more of a windows issue.
That can be caused by bad video RAM. If the frame buffer (where the screen image is stored) is bad then when the video card stores image data, the colors of the "bad" pixels are shifted because some of the bits are forced to 0 or 1. That changes the color of the bad pixels. It usually shows up as bunches of color shifted pixels spread across the screen but I guess if they lined up just right they could appear as complete vertical lines.- My desktop is just a black screen, and many times I get little blue dots (pixels) stay behind until I select Refresh? Heck, just moving a window around makes these dots appear until I refresh.
That's happening before the video card's drivers are loaded so the Windows drivers are not responsible for it.- Plus, when the PC boots up, I sometimes get unusual characters all over the place in the dos like window right before the Windows XP load up screen.
Re-formating is easy, but re-installing everything I have will take a long long time... Not too mention all the backups I will have to do.Compumaniac12 said:now viruses dont usually do that kind of thing, only in movies or whatever.
if its not too hard to reformat, that may be something to try.