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Old 12-28-2009, 02:07 PM   #1
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Default Artifacts on text, video card underclocked?

i keep getting artifacts like this on text:



and in the cataylyst command program it says my current core value is 300mhz, but it should be 750 at least(stock speed), so I am wondering, is my videocard underclocked somehow? I am running the latest drivers and windows is fully updated, heres a pic of the catylst program

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Default Re: Artifacts on text, video card underclocked?

yah my current values are at 300mhz too
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Default Re: Artifacts on text, video card underclocked?

The cards generally down clock themselves in 2D mode, so no worries with the 300Mhz clock, to my knowledge that's fairly normal.

The artifacts certainly aren't normal though. Have you tried any other GPU's? You might have a DOA card..
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well, ive had this card before i built my new system, and it worked fine with my 775 motherboard, and atitool keeps giving me a messege about a kernel not being active, ill try to find it
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Old 12-28-2009, 04:47 PM   #5
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Is it overheating?
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Try reinstalling the drivers?
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Is it overheating?
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Try reinstalling the drivers?
ill try that


im beginning to wonder if its a clash with my mobo chipset
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Default Re: Artifacts on text, video card underclocked?

I've never seen artifacts caused by not having an ATI to Nvidia, ATI to Intel, Nvidia to Intel, etc. GPU to chipset mismatch, should be a non-issue.

Give the drivers a shot also might want to try running memtest.

Things can work great in a prior system but after rebuilding, the smallest amount of static electricity can fry components.
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Things can work great in a prior system but after rebuilding, the smallest amount of static electricity can fry components.
Especially as cold and dry as it gets in some locations during the winter months.
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I've never seen artifacts caused by not having an ATI to Nvidia, ATI to Intel, Nvidia to Intel, etc. GPU to chipset mismatch, should be a non-issue.

Give the drivers a shot also might want to try running memtest.

Things can work great in a prior system but after rebuilding, the smallest amount of static electricity can fry components.
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Especially as cold and dry as it gets in some locations during the winter months.
yea, im in canada too, so its pretty cold and dry right now

also the driver reninstall didnt work, will try running a mem test
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Does it run games without artifacting?

You could always re-seat it, couldn't hurt to try.
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Does it run games without artifacting?

You could always re-seat it, couldn't hurt to try.
only game i have noticed with artifacts is far cry 2, ill try reseating as well, 2 of my pci-e ports are mising a spot in the middle too, its really weird, im assuming they are 8x lanes for sli or crossfire
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Default Re: Artifacts on text, video card underclocked?

I had this problem.

It happened when I adjusted the screen resolution in the nVidia driver to the lowest value (800 X 600) then adjusted it back to native (1280 X 800). It was a fix in Steinberg Cubase 5: To get the transport bar in view when using non HD resolutions/monitors.

Anyways, after doing the above I realised that it was my monitor not adjusting correctly to the video signal. (I have a dual monitor set up and the screen on the right was fine. So I swapped the monitors around, electrically!, and the same monitor now on the left, still wasn't viewing right. So it wasn't the GPU card.) Doing the above resolution switch cured it. Its a funny fix to a problem but I put it down to the ageing TFT driver circuits in one of my monitors.

Not saying you have to do the same but just letting you know that it could be your monitor thats the fault as it was with me.
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Default Re: Artifacts on text, video card underclocked?

It's definitely his GPU since he's getting the issue when he posts a digital screenshot.
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I guess this probably isn't the case since it seems to work okay in games, but I would wonder about the PSU...though, like I said, this is doubtful if it doesn't crash in games (under tax/load).
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