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Well I have this problem....

When playing a game, running 3dmark or something that uses the gfx cards....

I will get a random freeze, looping audio and display driver stopped responding, comes back, stops, comes back etc..... The only way out is a hard reboot.

I have tested both my cards individually (sig rig) and found this problem to happen on one of them, the other has let me play cod4 for the past 3 hrs without a hitch.

However, heres the strange part.

This lock up could happen after 5 mins of gameplay or it could happen a good 30 mins - 1 hour into gameplay. The card works fine, no artifacting or anything up until the lock up.

This leads me to beleive that the card itself may not actually be faulty, could it be overheating? After testing it, It did feel very hot especially the PCB when I removed it.

I am going to grab myself some canned air later and give it a blast through. Any other ideas? Surely if it was a faulty card then I would not be able to play games for nearly an hour?
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post #2 of 13
Clean it, then try running one card at a time, that should tell you if one is bad.
post #3 of 13
Use Rivatuner to monitor the temperatures and use ATI tools to stress test it. Post the temperatures and let us know.
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Right, I have been testing the cards individually, havent got round to getting the air yet to clean the faulty one but the one i am using has been playing cod4 for hours.

Will do the ATI tool thing in a min.
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post #5 of 13
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Ok then, the card which I think is faulty is in.

Am I going to be using the artifact scanner or 3d view?
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Ok i am going to use the artifact scanner and log temps with rivatuner
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Just thinking, if I find no artifacts in an hour or so... That means this card is working doesnt it? Which in that case confuses me even more.

2mins 30 secs on artifact scanner and temps are 64.
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Temp is 66 after 8 mins of artifact scanning.
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23 minss and no problems.... Temp is still 66.

Can someone tell me if I am supposed to be using the artifact scanner or 3d view to see if the card is working?
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post #10 of 13
I used to get the exact same thing when using vista, It just randomly freezes with the sound looping or sometimes a high pitched noise if I waited long enough or managed to get out of the frozen game somehow I got the driver stopped responding message, you probaly have but do you have the latest drivers and vista sp1? I just switched back to xp at the time and it went away. Have an xp machine to try the card in?
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