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#1 9 years ago

I'm not sure but how can you tell if a graphics card is overheating or about to go?, the only reason why I'm asking is because I'm having a few strange things happen, the desktop works fine and obviously this computer (I'm typing on it) but when i try any game, in fact I tried all the games that I have installed in steam and only two worked...badly!

Other than steam, all of the newer games straight crash while a couple of the older ones work almost perfectly fine?

Counter Strike: Source worked very slowly while the map showed all the player models were black Railworks - worked but without any textures! Train Sim - works sort of, older routes seem to work fine but new onesjust straight crash!

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edit - System Specs if needed?

CPU - AMD Phenom (AM2+) 9950 Quad Core - 2.6Ghz GPU - ATI Radeon 4870 X2 (2GB) RAM - 4GB (3GB Usable) DDR 2 OS - Windows 7 Ultimate




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#2 9 years ago

First thing I would do is uninstall your drivers, reboot in safe mode, run Driver Sweeper, reboot normal and reinstall drivers

Then get a tool like RivaTuner or ATI Tray Tools to monitor your GPU temp


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#3 9 years ago

It seems the driver clean worked this time, although i had to clean the drivers about 6 times because windows 7 kept re-installing the graphics card before the drivers could be removed, but it works now at least for the moment. Thanks for all your help, although i tried cleaning the dust from the inside, there was a lot on the cpu heatsink!, which has given me a headache though and made me very dizzy for some reason, but that'll pass.




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#4 9 years ago

RMA that beeeyotch. Looks like the vmem is dying. Get a shiny new 5870 from RMA.

And what PSU are you running? Could be that your PSU just isn't up to the task at hand.




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#5 9 years ago

kow_ciller;5273628RMA that beeeyotch. Looks like the vmem is dying. Get a shiny new 5870 from RMA.

And what PSU are you running? Could be that your PSU just isn't up to the task at hand.

I would if I had the money ;) and there isn't any real need to buy one just yet as this ati is still good enough in my opinion :), and its been running fine since I had it ;) for 2 years. I think the PSU is 850W




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#6 9 years ago

No, I'm saying that if you RMA the 4870x2 you would get a 5870 in return.

And what PSU is it? A solid brand, or some chinese POS?




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#7 9 years ago

kow_ciller;5274001No, I'm saying that if you RMA the 4870x2 you would get a 5870 in return.

And what PSU is it? A solid brand, or some chinese POS?

It says something called master or something like that it was made in china but that doesn't mean anything really as there are a lot of things made in china these days though! (Laptops, TVs and computers!)

As for the graphics card it works fine now, it was probably a driver issue rather than a card problem :), I think its out of its warranty period now anyway though :)