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I really don't know where to begin with this problem, so I'm going to try my best to explain it.

Ok, so I took my card out a few days ago, and lapped it/applied as5 on the core. However, I didn't clean my rams off..didn't think I needed to due to those thermalpads. Anyway, I put it back in, and I get no temp difference on the core. I tried to overclock it using atitool, to xtx speeds, and it starts artifacting in the atitool window. I closed out atitool, my vpu reset, and I started over with Overdrive. Normally I pass the atitool thing off to it being just plain buggy (I was using the prebeta 16), but when I set it on overdrive, and hopped in oblivion, it artifacted to hell and back, I'm talking the whole screen greened out in lines and wierd patterns, after about 10 minutes. I set it back to stock. So, I maxed the fan at 100% today, and oced it again. I did 3dmark05, and it worked great, no artifacts. It even went all the way through, making a solid 11200 marks. I ran 3dmark06 and got to the second test and it started artifacting really bad. I cancelled it, and set it back to stock. I'm wondering if my card's damaged from a bunch of vpu crashes(setting things too high on stock volts) Or simply I need to take my heatsink off and reapply as5, and clean off the memory. Or, I have this wierd idea that my chipset is overheating (the southbridge on this board gets really hot) causing stuff like this to happen.


Anyway...any guidance you guys could give me would be really cool, and sorry for that huge block of text..I'm in a hurry, got homework and things to do.

Thanks,

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Mine gets artifacts when I try to get it to XTX speeds. So I just stopped trying and left it at stock.
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Originally Posted by HrnyGoat
Mine gets artifacts when I try to get it to XTX speeds. So I just stopped trying and left it at stock.

lol yeah I see, but I get bored and try to push it. It used to do xtx speeds just peachy...but it won't do it now I don't know why, I haven't changed anything on it, other than replaced the stock thermal compound after lapping it.
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AS5 is conductive, just so you know. I would highly recommend using ceramique (spelling?) as it doesnt conduct at all. It performs just as well, too.

Have you upped the voltage at all? I know that shouldn't be required, but mine acted the same way when undervolted. Maybe when you overclock your card is just starved, though unlikely.

Memory issues usually result in artifacts, so your idea about the rams being too hot may be the issue. I would try doing something to cool them if possible. Thats just my advice. Good luck
    
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AS5 is conductive, just so you know. I would highly recommend using ceramique (spelling?) as it doesnt conduct at all. It performs just as well, too.

Have you upped the voltage at all? I know that shouldn't be required, but mine acted the same way when undervolted. Maybe when you overclock your card is just starved, though unlikely.

Memory issues usually result in artifacts, so your idea about the rams being too hot may be the issue. I would try doing something to cool them if possible. Thats just my advice. Good luck

I made sure i didn't get as5 on the capacitors, if I did I filled the whole chip with arcticlean to purge it (the spacer around the edge of the chip makes a bowl that I can fill it with ) then I wiped it down with these really cool lint free napkins I have..then started over. So I know that's not it. The temps do not rise on the core either, they're the exact same as before. I think its either ram, or my chipset like I said earlier...moreso the ram though.
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Try under-volting the ram a little, this is how I got my 1.1ns ram to 801mhz
    
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Try under-volting the ram a little, this is how I got my 1.1ns ram to 801mhz

What atitool are you using again?
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beta 14, x1900 ram is very stubborn....
    
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Hmm...it does it with b14 as well. Should I clean the ram off and put the heatsink back on? I mean I didn't touch them, and they looked like they had a little bit of the thermal ad on them..as in they had parts where they looked grungy.
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Nah, they'll be ok
    
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