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post #1 of 11
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Well first I'll start off with my build.
Coolermaster HAF 922 case
1000Watt Coolermaster SilentPro
4 2gb DIMMS corsair ddr3 ram @1333.
AMD 1090t (Liquid cooled)
XFX 6990
AsusM4A785TDM EVO


The problem I was experiencing was what I can only classify as artifacts. The screen would visually tear and discolor with no pattern whatsoever. Eventually half of the screen would become unresponsive and then it would eventually would fade to white. The fade happened by what looked like thin white lines just eventually enveloping the screen. I tried updating and rolling back drivers, taking out 3 of the ram sticks, and all that fun stuff. I'm not really sure what else to do. I did check the event viewer for ATI and events were flooding in pretty fast. They were usually along the lines of failed to retrieve color (paraphrasing) and a few others I can't remember. Sometimes I could be playing happily for hours and then other times I could get it within 3 minutes of boot.I sent the GPU out to XFX and they claim they found nothing wrong with the card. The temps were all very low as well, I have a handheld IR thermometer as well as the readings from the internal ones. I had slight overclocks on it as well, around 800//1300 ( Via the Vision control center) . I also had the same issue with no overclocking on.

I'm usually pretty well versed when it comes to all things computer but I'm truly baffled now that XFX says it's not the card.
post #2 of 11
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Also if you need any additional information or need clarification please ask, I've been working for around 14 hours today at a psychiatric hospital so I'm not all here. xD
post #3 of 11
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Here are some links as to what happens.. It flickers and looks something like this at first http://www.esreality.com/files/inlin...93-pcdying.jpg The way I know it's coming is that the very top edge of the screen will instead of being a normal border will flicker as a thin white line. I honestly can't find any pictures of what it does after that point. It just does that more severely until most of the screen is tearing and then the screen locks up and then the dreading white screen fading..
post #4 of 11
My 1st guess would be to say its graphics card related. But since you sent it in and they said there was np I don't know. Bad monitor cable maybe or monitor going bad? Thats the only other thing I can think of at the moment. Do you have a different monitor/cable you could try?
post #5 of 11
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I use a DVI to HDMI adapter and so I use an HDMI cable. I hadn't tried a different cable in it because I assumed it couldn't cause such severe tearing or artifacts or whatever you wanna call this x-x. I suppose I could test it with my 42" plasma when I get my GPU back. I'm using a MAG 24 inch monitor btw.

I believe this is the model http://www.esreality.com/files/inlin...93-pcdying.jpg
Edited by Fhoxx - 10/20/11 at 8:06pm
post #6 of 11
ive never seen that kind of tearing before but i was once getting terrible tearing on my screen but different, turned out to be the vga to vga cable going from the sreen to vga it was about 8 years old though .
post #7 of 11
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The thing that really confused me is how it has no pattern to it whatsoever. That and the fact I've never seen any tearing or artifacts like it.
post #8 of 11
While I have no experience with an HDMI cable (still using DVI on my sig rig) I'm inclined to say that's not the problem in your case. When cables of any kind go bad, they tend to either be bad from the get go, or 'flicker' (or spaz out). The eventual fading to white tells me this isn't cable related.

Do you ever get these artifacts before/during windows loading? If you do, then bake your card. I did (twice now! lol) If you don't get this during/before loading windows, then right before you go to bed, reboot your computer and go into BIOS. Leave it there and go to bed. When you get up the next day, check on it. Are there any artifacts? If not, exit BIOS and get back into Windows and see if it happens fairly quickly. This might take a couple of days to test (if you can't get it to happen the first time, try again the next night).

If you do ever get this while in BIOS, it's time to bake it.

One last question - if you take a screen shot (Print Screen button on keyboard) and save that, and then view it later when your screen isn't messed up, does that screenshot show the artifacts? I guess I should've asked this sooner because if the SS DOES show the artifacts, then I'd say it's a software issue. If the SS does NOT, then it is generally a hardware issue. At least, that's been my experience.
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My card is still very much under warranty so there will be no down home barbeque-ing for me, lol. And I'll try those tests out when I get my card back. Do you think my monitors refresh rate could be the culprit?
post #10 of 11
Monitor refresh rate? Possible, but doubtful. Couldn't hurt to try different rates though!
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