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Video Card Issues

Discussion in 'PC Support and Maintenance' started by Rifraf, 10 Jul 2016.

  1. Rifraf

    Rifraf I know just enough to be a danger to myself Community Member

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    I have an Nvidia GTX460. I think I got it in 2010 or so. Anyway, never had an issue. Upgraded drivers over the years. About a couple months ago when I would watch the little news videos on CNN.com perhaps once a week one of them would hang and lock up my computer and I'd have to hold the power button to turn off and reboot.

    All I could really find online that helped was to set PhysX configuration in the Nvidia control panel to my specific video card instead of auto-select. This seemed to help and then about a month ago in the middle of a game or in the middle of surfing the web the screen would flicker/go black for a second then come back and a message would pop up stating something like display adapter for video driver XXX.XX has recovered. Now about once a week it does this. Sound like a video card dying?

    I've tried about 5 different drivers in the last few weeks and they all seem to have this issue. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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    It could be a cooling issue, though if you've had it for six years that seem unlikely.

    If you have to buy a card, I'd probably recommend this or this for something cheap (GPU-wise). I have a slightly older model of that second one and it's pretty great.
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    Hellkite Lord of Death Staff Member Administrator Seraphim build team

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    Do try cleaning the fan and heat sink on the card. Might also need to re-seat it in the PCI slot. I have this issue with my setup. Every now and then, computer would not even start properly. So, I take out the graphics card, put it back in, everything works fine.

    On my now retired laptop, it was the ram that kept doing this.. same re-seating solution kept it going for years. EDIT: I knew it was the ram cause occasionally it would start up and show only 1 GB when I had 2GB installed.

    Its something quick and easy to try. Video cards to go bad eventually from the high heat of the GPU.

    By the way, those are good recommendations from CABAL.
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    Rifraf I know just enough to be a danger to myself Community Member

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    Thanks MrVulcan and everyone. I blow out my comp about once a month, but will check how everything is seated inside. It hasn't happened since so who knows? Gremlins in the machine?

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