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Looks like my graphics card is fecked mad.gif It crashed last night randomly with a buzzing noise out of my speakers when just browsing firefox and chatting with a friend on steam. Today the exact same thing happened

I haven't opened up my computer in about a month now so idk why this is suddenly happening. I did update my graphics card drivers to 11.11. I thought it might have been a bad driver install go bad so I cleaned the system with driver sweeper and re installed and the same exact thing happened. Oh and while browsing firefox today, the cursor kind of became corrupted, I moved the cursor to the top of the window and the normal cursor came back? redface.gif
I ran heaven benchmark last night for about 45 minutes and It did not crash (and no artifacts present)

Any ideas?

IIRC It did crash once running furmark before but that was only after 2 minuites. I ran the stress test after that for 2+ hours for 3 days and no problems/crashes occurred.
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post #2 of 15
Turn off Hardware Acceleration?
post #3 of 15
Is your system O/C'd at all questionmark.gif

CPU, GPU, anything at all questionmark.gif

If it is happening all the time under the identical condition's try swapping it with another vid. card wink.gif
post #4 of 15
Standard procedure for hardware problems.

Remove all Existing OC's on all components See if it works.

If system.working = true then
add your overclocks back one by one until you hit the problem, then try to fiddle with that OC
Else if system.working = False then
Start removing parts that you suspect could be working one by one until error is fixed. Viola you find the dodgy/conflicting piece of hardware.
Else
Buy new PC
end if

xD sorry hahaha Just spent the past 5 hours working on some VB stuff ^^ Im going crazy O.o


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The card is at factory settings (as are the rest of the components in the system) :mad:The crashes seem to be totaly random. The first crash I got was while watching a flash video and then the second one was on a photo website.

I am going to run furmark for about 3 hours just to see does it crash
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used to happen to me on my very old amd anthlon.

this is what i did.

in the end it was a bad mobo ram slot.

 

remove RAM,clean the slots and replace it again.

then unplug HDDs,blow inside the connectors and ports and plug again.

 

if that doesnt help,do memtest to test ram and run the HDD diagnostic tool from seagate or toshiba,and yes both will work on hdd of any brand.

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post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by breadcrums View Post

used to happen to me on my very old amd anthlon.
this is what i did.
in the end it was a bad mobo ram slot.

remove RAM,clean the slots and replace it again.
then unplug HDDs,blow inside the connectors and ports and plug again.

if that doesnt help,do memtest to test ram and run the HDD diagnostic tool from seagate or toshiba,and yes both will work on hdd of any brand.

Thanks for the advice. When your PC was crashing did it make a buzzing noise?

I had another 6950 before and it would crash after 5 minuites of any game (with a buzzing sound) also however it tuns out that was a driver problem. I reinstalled the drivers (with driver sweeper) and the issue stopped.
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Quote:
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Originally Posted by breadcrums View Post

used to happen to me on my very old amd anthlon.
this is what i did.
in the end it was a bad mobo ram slot.

remove RAM,clean the slots and replace it again.
then unplug HDDs,blow inside the connectors and ports and plug again.

if that doesnt help,do memtest to test ram and run the HDD diagnostic tool from seagate or toshiba,and yes both will work on hdd of any brand.

Thanks for the advice. When your PC was crashing did it make a buzzing noise?

I had another 6950 before and it would crash after 5 minuites of any game (with a buzzing sound) also however it tuns out that was a driver problem. I reinstalled the drivers (with driver sweeper) and the issue stopped.


well,my pc at that point of time made quite a lot of noises!

your noise may be either from the PSU or HDD(unlikely tough for it to be loud)

how old is your psu

P.S.-i thinkpsu will be the last thing at fault in your case as the buzzing noise that u describe could also be the GPU fan spinning at 100% before the crash,meaning driver issue or if u r unlucky a PSU issue or if the hardware gods hate u then a bad 6950(its an awesome card :) )

 

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post #9 of 15
Can you describe the crash a little more please. to me it sounds like a crash and a lock up. that is, is the sound is looping like that. if that is the case. can you goto msconfig and change the start up to diagnostic start up.
its could be various things causing this. drivers is normally the culprit, also could be ram or failing psu aswell.
post #10 of 15
try what importflip suggested if you have not done so.
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