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I bought a LeadTek 6800 Ultra off Ebay about a week ago. It arrived today and when I installed in my second PC, it powered on but all I got was graphical interference all over the screen....I could make out the desktop enough to try to change settings and install a driver, but it was pretty much unbearable. Just wierd verticle and horizontal lines of color.

I guess this means the card is bad, huh? Or could there be another reason?

The card was in a system with an Asrock 939 Dual Sata mobo, more than adequate psu, 3200 venice, gig'o ram.....had a 6800gt agp card in it, but I switched it out for this one..........
post #2 of 11
Those are artifacts and it means the card is either damaged or it is overheating. Touch the heatsink and see if its really hot. You can try removing the heatsink, cleaning off the thermal paste with rubbing alcohol and applying as5. It could possibly fix it but it sounds like it might be burnt.
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O brother, that board is plagued with GFX card problems.. If you don't mind, how much did you pay for it? (wondering if you paied low enough for a "dud")
    
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Is there a setting in the BIOS you need to switch? Clean the contacts on the card with an eraser and alcohol and reseat it. I will think what else might be the trouble.

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I don't think its overheating. The heatsink was a little warm...but it had these artifacts even on the screen during the boot-up. According to the guy I bought it from it was a fresh RMA from the factory. The card and the box both look brand new.

I paid $165 for the card

Oh, and I'm sorry...this is actually a 6800gt...I also have an ultra
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Any overclocking? Sounds like a damaged pipeline or vertex shader to me, you could always re-rma it or try to flash it down to a lower card, such as a 6800GS bios, but that'd effectively cripple your GPU.
    
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The very first Leadtek 6800Gt AGP that I bought was bad, sounds like it was doing the same thing. Weird characters and artifacts all over the screen. What I found out after some research and googling was the Leadtek cards had a bad batch of memory chips. The second card I got after RMA works about 80% of the time. Sometimes I boot up the machine and it will artifact and lockup. Usually after about 4-5 reboots it will clear itself up and run fine. Its in my Wife's computer now. And she's not that much of a gamer.

Well maybe you can RMA it to Leadtek and get another or a newer card as a replacment. It would be worth checking into. Just thougt I would let you know what I had found out. Good Luck!
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No overclocking. Like I said, I took it out of the box, installed it, turned on my PC, and there was weird sh$$ going on...I am so pissed right now I can't stand it.

Can you ship something like this to the factory to be repaired, or would it even be worth it?
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If the guy won't replace it, invoke buyer protection through PayPal. If you sent a money order/check, sue him
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No overclocking. Like I said, I took it out of the box, installed it, turned on my PC, and there was weird sh$$ going on...I am so pissed right now I can't stand it.

Can you ship something like this to the factory to be repaired, or would it even be worth it?
Might aswell RMA it. Sure you can't game for awhile but sometimes companies upgrade yer butt when their crappy merchandise doesnt work. I read a post about a guy who got a 7800GS when he RMA-ed his 6800 that was crapping out on him!
    
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