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Old 05-18-2008, 10:12 PM   #1
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When I'm on the desktop and the computer by itself just restarts, is that an overheating problem or a power problem. It only happens after I play a game or something. I'm also getting artifacts but ATI Tool doesn't detect any. I think only certain shades of grey are replaced by bright yellow.

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Old 05-18-2008, 10:44 PM   #2
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Could be overheating, a memory problem, a video card problem or even a software incompatibly problem.

The artifacts point to a graphics problem. Could be overheating or the card is starting to fail. Check to make sure the fan is working properly and there is adequate cooling in the case.
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Old 05-18-2008, 11:22 PM   #3
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if its not your cooling then its probably a bad sector on your hard drive. to see if it is, you should run windows error disk check. Or you can go to your adminstrative tools and look in the event viewer then click system and look for a bad block error.
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Old 05-18-2008, 11:25 PM   #4
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hhmmm, the replacing pixels sounds like mabey its ur video card that over heating


then again, could be ne of the other probles we have suggested
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Old 05-19-2008, 04:50 AM   #5
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Artifacts are mostly caused by overheating. Pop the side panel off and check the fans. Make sure they're running. While you have the side off it wouldn't hurt to clean out the case. Shut the system down and blow it out with canned air. Hold the fans with a pencil to keep them from spinning while you clean them. Use a cotton swab on the fan blades.
When you're finished start the system back up. If it all looks good put the side panel back on. If any of the fans are running slow or studdering, replace them.
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Old 05-19-2008, 09:35 PM   #6
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Cleaned out my case, checked volume for errors and I'm still getting the artifacts. Any other ideas?
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Try installing new/reinstalling video drivers.
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Reinstalled drivers too. BTW while I was working on a project for school one of the images turned up like this for some reason and it keeps changing. http://www.putfile.com/pic/8169245
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I'd say the video card is having issues. Could be some bad memory. You should contact the video card manufacturer about getting it replaced if it's still under warranty.
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Old 05-20-2008, 02:38 PM   #10
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Check fan speeds using something like rivatuner or even ntune. See if it can be set any higher and double check that it is not melted. That happened to me when I played oblivion on my ATI X700 Pro. I just bought a cheap aftermarket cooler and it worked perfectly again.
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