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A program to test and monitor the GPU in safe mode?

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Hello everyone!

I was playing CS:GO and randomly my computer froze while playing. The image froze, my music was still running, but then that stopped too. Ctrl+alt+del was not working. And then the whole image turned a brown color, which was one of the main colors on the map I was playing. I had to manually restart.

After restarting even at the BIOS screen there would be a bunch of lines covering text and parts of the picture repeated randomly across the screen.

Windows sort of booted fine until it crashed again, so I tried booting into safe mode which worked. But I still had the messed up screen.
I tried installing evga precision but one of the drivers was not working I guess because I was in safe mode.

So then I rebooted into regular windows, it failed and froze at the beginning of loading and it continued to use a system restore after saving error information.
I tried again to load windows but this time it stopped at the loading screen and then went black. I don't know how to find where my computer stores this information.

I want to stress test my video card or at least see the temps it is running at, but I can't do it in safe mode with evga precision or msi afterburner (same programs basically). Are there any other programs that maybe don't require drivers to run so I can try in safe mode?


I'm using windows 8 x64 with a 9800 GTX+. And I think the latest video drivers...I'm not sure
I loaded into windows again after typing all of this and it works, but the lines and stuff come up again when windows starts to load. But when I want to check the driver number through the nvidia control panel it says I'm not using a display connected to an nvidia GPU.

I went through device manager and it says for the video card that windows has disabled the device because it has reported problems (code 43). At least I can see what driver it is. It is from January so it should be fine right? Not like driver updates would do much for a video card this old anyway?
I went through event viewer for errors and I see nothing to do with the video card or is abnormal.

I just tried downloading and reinstalling EVGA precision and it still doesn't work as it says it doesn't detect any supported hardware. And I'm not sure, but I think the video card exhaust is a little warmer than usual on idle. I have a fan on the side that I feel pulling in air on the GPU so airflow isn't a problem.

Great...does anyone have any ideas?
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In safe mode the GPU drivers Do not load so it is imnpossible to test it there.
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did you try to run your rig on the 2600k´s built in gpu?
i´d do that to see if it is really due the GPU ( i think it is ).. sounds like your card is dieing. frown.gif

edit: generally you dont need anything fancy to test the gpu stability.. u can use
benchmarks like valley, 3dmark or something with maximum settings.
if you did the first step i told you and it is really due the GPU.. you can try to reseat it. did you OC it?
ever got too hot temps? 2 months ago the 9800gtx+ of a friend of mine died too :/

you could only try to raise the gpus vcore if it degraded, but from what you are writing
i just think its dieing.. last try could be to bake it, but the chances are very small

sry dude
Edited by smex - 5/14/13 at 3:32pm
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sounds like your card is artifacting (lines showing up upon boot up). This means it isn't a software issue and your card may have bitten the dust
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