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do I need to RMA my card?

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I've got a year-old GTX280 that's been acting up recently. 3 times in the last week, while playing games, my computer will freeze, the 2 monitors hooked up to the card will go crazy colors and artifacts, and there's this weird constant static-ey sound. I have to reboot when it happens. So is this maybe a driver issue, or does it sound like my card's about to crap the bed?


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I've got a year-old GTX280 that's been acting up recently. 3 times in the last week, while playing games, my computer will freeze, the 2 monitors hooked up to the card will go crazy colors and artifacts, and there's this weird constant static-ey sound. I have to reboot when it happens. So is this maybe a driver issue, or does it sound like my card's about to crap the bed?
Run furmark and see if it freezes. If so, it could be a card issue. You may want to use driver sweeper and re-install the driver just to make sure.
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well I ran furmark and now I have to post from my laptop... I left the default settings, and as soon as I clicked start test or whatever, the center screen turned solid brown, the left screen solid puke-green, and the left (hooked up to second card) stayed the same. System frozen, too.

upon reboot, the solid colors are there and it tries POSTs on the left screen (normally the center), and says "A single graphics card is detected in a slot PCIE x16_2 or PCIE x16_3. Please move the graphics card to PCIE x16_1 slot for non-SLI operation."

All that leads me to believe that my 280 (in the #1 slot) is not even being registered by the computer, and it's just picking up my 7800 in the bottom slot. Looks like my card finally pooped itself and it's RMA time, unless anyone has any ideas
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well I ran furmark and now I have to post from my laptop... I left the default settings, and as soon as I clicked start test or whatever, the center screen turned solid brown, the left screen solid puke-green, and the left (hooked up to second card) stayed the same. System frozen, too.

upon reboot, the solid colors are there and it tries POSTs on the left screen (normally the center), and says "A single graphics card is detected in a slot PCIE x16_2 or PCIE x16_3. Please move the graphics card to PCIE x16_1 slot for non-SLI operation."

All that leads me to believe that my 280 (in the #1 slot) is not even being registered by the computer, and it's just picking up my 7800 in the bottom slot. Looks like my card finally pooped itself and it's RMA time, unless anyone has any ideas
RMA time.
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send it in.
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RMA time.
oh well. maybe they'll send me a better card that I can sell for an upgrade. Thanks for the advice
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well now i don't know what to do. while i was on hold waiting for tech support to start the rma process, I figured I'd give it one more shot. Now it started up fine, and I'm 10 minutes into furmark (default settings with GPU temp logging enabled) with the temp at a near-steady 100 degrees C. I know there's something up with the card because of the recent issues, but how would the RMA process work if the card's apparently working fine at the moment, and should I still go ahead with the process? Thanks again for any input
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well now i don't know what to do. while i was on hold waiting for tech support to start the rma process, I figured I'd give it one more shot. Now it started up fine, and I'm 10 minutes into furmark (default settings with GPU temp logging enabled) with the temp at a near-steady 100 degrees C. I know there's something up with the card because of the recent issues, but how would the RMA process work if the card's apparently working fine at the moment, and should I still go ahead with the process? Thanks again for any input
Tell them that most of the time it artifacts and only a couple of times it will work "ok". But mostly just artifacting. Is it an EVGA?
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Tell them that most of the time it artifacts and only a couple of times it will work "ok". But mostly just artifacting. Is it an EVGA?
yeah, evga. i guess I'll get back on the phone with tech support. thanks
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yeah, evga. i guess I'll get back on the phone with tech support. thanks
If it was xfx they would most likely only give you an AMD card. EWWW

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