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Okay so, my eVGA 8800GT was working good for awhile after I got it (got it about 3 weeks ago) but the last few days it has been crashing whenever I have been gaming when I say "crash" I mean the screen goes black for a second then comes back and has weird artifacts everywhere messing up the pictures and the computer does not respond. Now the reason I think it is the 8800GT and not something else (besides the fact I have set everything else back to how it was before I OC'd ) is because I also have a 7300LE in my system powering my third monitor and its monitor looks okay, but the computer is frozen so it doesn't respond either.

Now I have been monitoring my temps while gaming (which is when it does it) and it seems to do it around the 65-68C mark, or somewhere very close, genereally toward the higher end of that. I was under the impression that this is well within operating range for a card such as this.

The only thing I have done with my 8800GT is to use Rivetuner to put the fan at 100%.

I have the newest Nvidia WHQL drivers.

My CPU and everything else in my system is at stock.

So far it has happened in

World in Conflict
STALKER
Frontlines: Fuel of War

WiC worked a week ago just fine.

Any suggestions?
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I assume it's fine during desktop mode?
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I assume it's fine during desktop mode?
Yes, it only happens when gaming, but I haven't tried it in 3DMark06 or anything like that, and it never happens until the temp reaches that range.
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I was told recently that nvidia is currently involved in a class-action lawsuit because of crappy drivers. Chances are its your display driver which is crashing, not the card. Just make sure your card is within heat tolerance and not OCd and that should pretty much elimiate the card unless its faulty. The thing here that becomes a ***** is because the drivers are so crappy its hard to tell if there actually IS anything wrong with the card. :s

Edit;

thats a bit hot for an evga 8800gt.

My 8800 gt with fan at 100 percent and overclocked to 724 doesnt even get CLOSE to that hot (53 average, full load, 42 idle), and my room abient temp is 28c (so its pretty darn hot in here)
Edited by superk - 6/1/08 at 1:31pm
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I was told recently that nvidia is currently involved in a class-action lawsuit because of crappy drivers. Chances are its your display driver which is crashing, not the card. Just make sure your card is within heat tolerance and not OCd and that should pretty much elimiate the card unless its faulty. The thing here that becomes a ***** is because the drivers are so crappy its hard to tell if there actually IS anything wrong with the card. :s

Edit;

thats a bit hot for an evga 8800gt.

My 8800 gt with fan at 100 percent and overclocked to 724 doesnt even get CLOSE to that hot (53 average, full load, 42 idle), and my room abient temp is 28c (so its pretty darn hot in here)
REally? That is alot cooler than mine, it idles at 52 about probably.
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So, new development, I tried to uninstall the drivers, use driver cleaner, and then restart to reinstall drivers. Now when my 8800GT is in my machine it BSOD before it loads windows, but if I take my GT out and leave my LE in it boots just fine.

Um, help?
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So, new development, I tried to uninstall the drivers, use driver cleaner, and then restart to reinstall drivers. Now when my 8800GT is in my machine it BSOD before it loads windows, but if I take my GT out and leave my LE in it boots just fine.

Um, help?
Try using the 2 molex to pci-e adapter for the power.
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i am getting the same problem with the kamakazi. i also have a msi 8800gt oc it does the same when playing games, and i also have a msi 7300le that works perfectly fine. so i think we are having the exact same problem. i might try to use the two molex cable for power instead of the pci-e cable. *note, i just got my card back from msi RMA and it still does the same thing.
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Could be a conflict of the VGA cards in windows?? First I'd try taking the 7300 out, reinstall drivers (w/o 7300) and see if it still acts up. I seen similiar symptoms with a standard reference design 8800GT from eVGA. It was poor contact of the cooler to GPU. Seen similiar also with a 9600 GSO and it was the VRAM chips overheating. After a good visual inspection of HS contact, then I'd make sure the 8800 is getting good solid power. PSU failure rate is higher than VGA failure from what I've seen. Check for other voltages sagging as an indicator of a failing PSU. If it still acts up then I'd blame a bad component on the VGA card. 68C isn't a high temp for these G92's so HS to GPU contact may be good but perhaps not with the RAM chips? Hope these things help out. GL

PS I thought the lawsuit on nVidia was because of the high failure rate of the G84 chips? (8600GT/S, 8500/8400 etc)
Edited by Nellys197 - 9/19/08 at 2:41pm
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