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So I may be in trouble. I keep getting graphic issues when playing games. At first it only started with BC2 where the screen would flash black a few times and then it would just stop. Did it about once every other day.

Then I bought Batman: AA and for those of you whove played it, I only get artifacts on the TV's that are mounted on the wall.

Now Ive bought Bioshock 2 and when i visit a Gene Bank, it becomes all sorts of fucked up. Ive tried taking a screenshot and a 10 second video to see if it was a problem with the game itself, but it doesnt capture the graphic the way im seeing it. (no surprise)

My card is not overclocked and it has remained at stock settings for pretty much the entire time ive owned the card. Unfortunately its a BFG card so an RMA is out of the question and im not in a position where I can drop money on a new one.

So i turn to you guys, the community for advice. I need confirmation that my card is going south because it sure looks like that to me. I know when BFG went belly up, PNY was taking RMA's on BFG's behalf but only until December 31, 2010. Do you think they or anyone else would be willing to help me out?

Thanks guys.
 

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Clock down your memory to see if you can get the most out of it. Also, if you are using the beta drivers, don't. They cause artifacting issues. Deathmore was having problems with his card, and it ended up be buggy beta drivers. Go back to the WHQL's, and if you are using the most recent, go back anyway to the previous ones.
 
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#3
Ill clock it down and see if it helps any.

As far as drivers go, im using the ones from January 266.58.

EDIT: Ive downclocked my core from 667 to 612 my shader to 1389 from 1512 and my memory clock from 1242 to 1182 and Im still getting the issue in Bioshock 2.
 
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I just tried going from DVI to VGA to see if mayble the cable was going bad and when it looked like it was working, it did a 180 and it produces the same result.

The only other thing I can think of is PSU (which Im unable to swap out and test with another) or maybe even the pcie slot. If I can find a pencil around here ill even clean the contacts on the GPU with the eraser.
 

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shake and bake it
 
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shake and bake it
Uh yeah no. I dont have money to cover the cost of a replacement if something were to go wrong not to mention the fact that i only have minor artifacting and the card isnt completely borked.

Sorry but that is not a helpful post at all.
 
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I just tried going from DVI to VGA to see if mayble the cable was going bad and when it looked like it was working, it did a 180 and it produces the same result.

The only other thing I can think of is PSU (which Im unable to swap out and test with another) or maybe even the pcie slot. If I can find a pencil around here ill even clean the contacts on the GPU with the eraser.
Just use Isopropyl Alcohol some where in the 80% rang for the pciE contacts of the card.This worked for my 4870 that some how would disappear in my system(I have 6970`s now)It was from some thermal stuff that Sapphire used on the vrm area that would melt and leak out.That card in question is still running in my soon to be Win8 beta box.
 

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Uh yeah no. I dont have money to cover the cost of a replacement if something were to go wrong not to mention the fact that i only have minor artifacting and the card isnt completely borked.

Sorry but that is not a helpful post at all.
I hate to shatter you're illusions but the card sounds like its a pretty much fubar
the bake trick DOES work most of the time if you do it right
 
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I hate to shatter you're illusions but the card sounds like its a pretty much fubar
Ill agree with you if I find out that the reason for the minor artifacting isnt caused by a bad pcie slot.
 

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Ill agree with you if I find out that the reason for the minor artifacting isnt caused by a bad pcie slot.
a bad pcie slot normally would cause no video/locks/failure to post
artifacting and TDR events are 90% time failing vram/failing gpu core/power issues