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Hi all,

Just joined... hoping someone can shed some light on this:

Randomly while in Windows (browsing the web, etc, no heavy load) I get this crazy purple screen and the system hard locks. The effect I'm seeing is perfectly described in the image attached to this post:

http://www.ngohq.com/graphic-cards/21332-driver-or-hardware-failure.html

I'm running an ASUS DirectCU TOP GTX 460 768MB on 295.51 drivers.

Does this look like a GPU failure? I'm all ready to pick up another card, but if it could be something else...

It first happened when I was at 860/1720/2000, then I backed it down to 825/1650/2000, which caused me to blue screen on startup with a "Video Hardware Error" the next day. Dropped it to 800/1600/1900, and I got the purple screen again today. Back to stock, and it hasn't happened again yet... temps are all normal.

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Could be. I say drop it back to stock clocks, uninstall and COMPLETELY remove all old drivers using a driver remover tool and re-install the latest driver. Then run furmark or something for a good while then the most demanding game you own. If all is well then start your OC'ing again and see what happens.

Also really get your eyes down on your cooler and make sure it's clean. I've seen dirty heatsinks still be able to keep hardware somewhat cool but it's best to keep it cleaned as much as possible.
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Hi all,
Just joined... hoping someone can shed some light on this:
Randomly while in Windows (browsing the web, etc, no heavy load) I get this crazy purple screen and the system hard locks. The effect I'm seeing is perfectly described in the image attached to this post:
http://www.ngohq.com/graphic-cards/21332-driver-or-hardware-failure.html
I'm running an ASUS DirectCU TOP GTX 460 768MB on 295.51 drivers.
Does this look like a GPU failure? I'm all ready to pick up another card, but if it could be something else...
It first happened when I was at 860/1720/2000, then I backed it down to 825/1650/2000, which caused me to blue screen on startup with a "Video Hardware Error" the next day. Dropped it to 800/1600/1900, and I got the purple screen again today. Back to stock, and it hasn't happened again yet... temps are all normal.
The rest of my system:
Phenom II X4 955 BE @ 3.6GHz on MSI 890GXM-G65
8 GB RAM
Antec Earthwatts EA-500D

Yup it is more than likely the GPU. I had a faulty 4870 and it did similar things. The fix is either

A) Downclock it to the point where you don't artifact.
B) Bake it and hope for the best.
C) Take a heat gun to it to reflow the solder (better than baking...)
D) Sell it on eBay.


Or I suppose if you are within a warranty period you could also RMA, otherwise you are stuck with the above options.
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Thanks for the quick replies...

I've cleaned installed the latest drivers and am currently at stock clocks and volts. No problems yet. The heatsink itself is pretty clean and I'm idling around 26C on the core. I've had the card up around 825-850MHz for the past five or six months at the stock volts of 1.037V, which I've read is on the... higher end of things.

Will probably end up swapping it out for another card, don't care much for stock 460 speeds any more...
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