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Hey guys, Been having this problem for a while now. Usually during and after gaming for a bit, I start getting flickering blotches of colour or black and white checker patterns on my screen. It then continues on my desktop and even while browsing or doing other things. Sometimes it's just in line of blue pixles going and flickering across my screen for a long time. Always random. Is this my vid card or psu maybe? Ive tried a few drivers over the last while and now im on the newest ATI drivers but still the same thing. It get so bad sometimes I have to reboot and it goes away. Any ideas? ........xmas is a coming......:cool:
 

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The StealthXTtreme isn't a great PSU, but those don't sound like failing-PSU symptoms. If the PSU was bad, I'd expect the system to just reboot or lock up--not display strange stuff like that. So I'd imagine that it's your GPU (perhaps GPU RAM) at fault here :ohwell:
 
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Ill try and let you know, warfighter has been giveing me the most problems so far.
 
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Also thinking about the GPU. It never hurts to clean and reseat your card. Try other drivers, maybe downclock the card or raise a bit the voltage. Run some tests (unigine heaven loops).
 
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Well I underclocked the gpu a bit and it seems to not happen any more, but what does that say about my vid card if I can't keep it at default clocks?
 

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Also thinking about the GPU. It never hurts to clean and reseat your card. Try other drivers, maybe downclock the card or raise a bit the voltage. Run some tests (unigine heaven loops).
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My first thoughts would be downclock or increase voltage. Not a PSU problem, otherwise as said before it would lock up or restart.

EDIT: For the record, I use one of those old OCZ xtream PSU's and they are pretty bad in comparison to others, but this one runs my system no problem.
 
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Replace the thermal paste. GPU. Maybe it just has bad contact
 
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Have you checked the temps yet?
 
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40s at idle and high 60s under load , i do get the odd lock up too
 
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If your screen freezes: GPU

If your pc reboots by itself or shuts down: PSU

Source: Exp
 
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Those temps are fine. Any chance it might be still under warranty?
 

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Card is on its way out. Most times if a PSU is dying then it will lock up or just reboot (sometimes BSOD) but artifacting is a process were the GPU chip is spitting out errors that is displaying on your screen.
 

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Probably the hard drive going bad.......................





Na, just kidding, it is the video card on its way out like everyone else has stated. If its an XFX brand you might have a life time warranty. Also some of the EVGA cards had a lifetime if it was purchased.
 
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its a Sapphire card , funny it used to bsod reboot on me all the time and i just re- installed Windows and its been fine but this artifacting thing has always persisted. Guess ill just keep an rye on it and keep it underclocked for now, thanks for all your help guys, dont know what i would do without you all !!
 

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its a Sapphire card , funny it used to bsod reboot on me all the time and i just re- installed Windows and its been fine but this artifacting thing has always persisted. Guess ill just keep an rye on it and keep it underclocked for now, thanks for all your help guys, dont know what i would do without you all !!
If it does look like genuine artifacts, I'll tell you to do the same thing i tell people to do in those kinds of posts. Remove all plastic you can and thermal paste, and bake it in the oven at 375 degrees F for 5-12 minutes. Leave to cool, re-apply thermal paste, rebuild, and test at stock.
 
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Coon even if i had the time to try your little witchcraft baking, i would never have the balls to try somethind like that , thanks though!!!:)
 

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Coon even if i had the time to try your little witchcraft baking, i would never have the balls to try somethind like that , thanks though!!!:)
Oddly enough it does work in some cases. In the long run I would just look for a newer card.
 
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Ok , so it's happening again, can someone please tell me how to post a pic here? I;ve done it long time ago and forgot . I tried searching "how to post pics in forums" and nothing.....
I have a screenshot of what I'm getting on the desktop.

Thanks!
 

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Thanks! works great! here is what I'm talking about....
 
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Im screwed aren't I ?
 

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Looks like GPU ram is on its last legs to me
 
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It could very well be more than a bad driver install or driver corruption, but on the chance it's software related, when you install the drivers make sure, esp with AMD, that you thoroughly uninstall the old ones first with an app like Driver Sweeper.
 
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And I don't suppose one just easily fixes or replaces gpu ram do they?