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I just built my sig rig today and I'm already having an issue. It's been running fine all day and it's great. I've installed all of my programs and pretty much gotten everything running.

About 15 minutes ago, I restarted Windows and something happened. Aero didn't seem to be activated, and the screen locked up after getting to the desktop. Shortly afterwards, little white dots appeared in a square shape near my cursor and the computer rebooted itself. Now every time I try to start Windows, some kind of screen defect appears and the system crashes, such as a screen of red and pink artifact-looking things, a black screen, or little white dots (not covering the screen, but on the screen.)

It might not be the GPU though since I'm running on a P67 board (no onboard video) and I can get to the BIOS and stuff just fine using the video card as my source, however I just wanted to hear what others have to say. Is it my RAM? I don't think it's the mobo since everything seems to be working except that. This happens in safe mode also.
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Try underclocking the card to non-OC specs. See what that does. With EVGA it's easy.

Then try underclocking 50 MHz below that and see what that does.

It that works, that means that EVGA just picked the wrong card for the Super Clocked bios flash.

However, GTX 580 voltage and clocks are kind of sophisticated in the BIOS, so it might still be possible to have it run at similar speeds if you modify the BIOS to reflect the values of a different model. It's risky though.
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Will I be able to do that in the bios?

Also, when these crashes occur, the video stays on the screen until I turn the computer off. If the video card wasn't outputting video (aka being dead) then it would probably go black, right?
Edited by XHolyPuffX - 6/8/11 at 9:59pm
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Will I be able to do that in the bios?

Also, when these crashes occur, the video stays on the screen until I turn the computer off. If the video card wasn't outputting video (aka being dead) then it would probably go black, right?
http://majorgeeks.com/EVGA_Precision_d6209.html
No, EVGA precision works in the OS, not in the BIOS. Have you tried safe mode? Can you boot into safe mode?

You just change the speeds (its really self explanatory), set it to reflect the changes at start-up, and then re-boot.

I'd set the GPU to 800 MHz and the Memory to 1900 MHz (the memory is value is half of the true memory rating).

I've got a guide to flashing video card BIOS for fermi cards that I can show you, but try it at your own risk.

IT DOES SOUND LIKE YOUR CARD IS PROBABLY DEFECTIVE, but it is nice to isolate what is causing the problem. RMA is a pain.

You also might want to test the card in another system.
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post #5 of 10
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I can't get into the OS at all, even in safe mode as I said in the very last sentence of my first post. That's my problem. Also I don't really want to mess with the video card that much so thank you for the offer. If it turns out to be dead then I will go ahead and RMA it.
Edited by XHolyPuffX - 6/8/11 at 10:11pm
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It sounds like your video card is defective.
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It sounds like your video card is defective.
Yup. Artifacts on the desktop point directly to the GPU. Since it's not artifacting in BIOS, you could try booting into safemode and uninstalling your display drivers.

That might let you boot into windows long enough to reinstall your drivers and try to underclock the card. But obviously if the card is defective, RMA is the only real option.
post #8 of 10
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I'm actually on the build right now. I turned it off for a while and it seems to work now. Maybe the card overheated or something. I should underclock this and see what happens.

Apparently if it's working then it's probably not the RAM..I should memtest anyway.
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UPDATE: 20 minutes later and it's still going strong. Maybe I should just see if the airflow is good or something.
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Update again: I went to play Portal and it seemed to be running fine. As soon as it got to a loading screen, the computer crashed. I tried to boot it back up and it started crashing while loading Windows again.

I think it's the video card
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