[SOLVED] Bl**dy display drivers

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[SOLVED] Bl**dy display drivers

Post by Projectblue » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:21 pm

My pc has developed the weirdest fault. The display goes 'funny' which is normally a check pattern of small blue, or yellow (never both) squares (about 5mm in size) across the screen. Pc will then freeze, screen goes blank and then resets with a message saying 'display driver has stopped responding and recovered'. Sometimes it crashes to BSoD with message, display driver has not recovered.

I have:
Downloaded latest drivers.
Updated.
Deleted old and installed new.
Deleted old and let windows install new

It still does it.

I know I'm upgrading soon, but a) I've never seen this before and b) it's f***ing me off. I can' play BFBC2 at all - although some would say that's improvement.
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Re: Bl**dy display drivers

Post by Chabo » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:23 pm

its called artifacts which basicly means your GPU is fucked

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Re: Bl**dy display drivers

Post by luggage » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:25 pm

Its almost certainly overheating.Check that your system is free from dust, vents are not blocked, there is sufficient air flow around the box and in the box. Have you changed anything around the time it developed?
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Re: Bl**dy display drivers

Post by BillBailey » Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:20 pm

What they said, also if it's an old card, you might find that the thermal paste has gone off, if your not scared of replacing this, its quite simple.

1) Buy some thermal paste and thermal paste cleaner.
2) Remove your card and remove the fan from the heatsink.
3) Remove the heatsink by using a flat blade screw driver, by gently pushing the screw's with the springs inward and turning 45 degrees either way, release the pressure gently so the spring doesn't hit you in the eye.
4) Gently remove the heatsink and remove the old thermal paste with a cotton wool bud soaked in cleaner.
5) Once the old paste has been removed and the cleaner has evapourated, apply new paste as per instructions that came with the paste.
6)Re-fit the heatsink ans screws in reverse, then re-fit the fan.

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Re: Bl**dy display drivers

Post by Projectblue » Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:37 pm

Thanks for the tips. I had a look in and noticed that the mobo fan is fubar. The bearing has gone. This sits right beneath where the GFX card & the fan on the gfx is. Looks like the planned upgrade is not a moment too soon!

In the meantime - how do I check the gfx temps?

Looks like I'm reduced to running in safe mode as the only stable means of getting on the net.

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Re: Bl**dy display drivers

Post by Stujb » Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:42 pm

What GFX card is it?
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Re: Bl**dy display drivers

Post by DarkDeamon » Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:43 pm

look for something like evga prescision or if it's an nvidia card, download their full utilities. These both have monitors in that will show all sorts if info about how your pc is running
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Re: Bl**dy display drivers

Post by figjamuk » Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:49 pm

or msi afterburner.. on the nivida

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Re: Bl**dy display drivers

Post by Projectblue » Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:51 pm

Ati Radeon 4800. And before you all slaaaaag it off. It's been 100% perfect until last week.

In answer to someone's question, I haven't changed anything that would/could cause this.
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Re: Bl**dy display drivers

Post by figjamuk » Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:53 pm

i would go down bills answer as it sounds like it is getting hot...

bills post covers it all :)

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