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just wondering because for 2 days now ever now and then my pc will just stop i get a 1 colored screen, so far i have seen in this order, blue pink yellow and black. the front lights of my pc stay on the fans ect just sound and video stops when playing games ect. is there a thing i can do to help it until i pick up my new gpu?
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If you're not experiencing any problems during boot (no lines or odd colors on the screen) then I'd bet it's a driver issue. If you have problems during boot, it's hardware and you're pretty much out of luck until it gets replaced.

Here's what I'd do, and in this order.

Go download the latest drivers for your video card, but DON'T INSTALL THEM YET!
Get Driver Sweeper and blow out all the video drivers on your system (check the ATI and Nvidia boxes, even if you've never had an ATI card in your system. I've found their drivers pop up in the strangest of places!) Then run CCleaner to get rid of all temp files, then use CCleaner to clean the Registry. This makes sure that every single possible trace of the drivers is gone... For good... (This is a good thing!)
Restart into Safe Mode
Run Driver Sweeper again just to make sure it didn't miss any files. If it did, just clean them out and repeat with CCleaner.
Now you may install the drivers you downloaded a few steps ago.
Restart and let the computer boot up normally.
If the problem persists after this, then the card is most likely dying and needs replacement. Nothing I can think of will work as a "band-aid" for a dying video card.

Link to Driver Sweeper -
http://downloads.guru3d.com/downloadget.php?id=1655&file=4&evp=b0e23b57cdae2217c3d377655ad3ce34

Scroll about half way down the page and click "I agree" to the T&C to download it.

Link to CCleaner
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download/standard

Hope this helps!
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bake it?
    
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post #4 of 14
If all else fails... pull the card as that mainboard is supposed to have onboard graphics isn't it? thinking.gif
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If all else fails remove the heatsink and bake it gpu-down in the oven for 10 min on 380-400F. Support each corner with a small ball of foil, make sure it's level. <<<----This is only to be done if you have nothing else to lose though.
    
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That's supposed to release toxic fumes no? I wouldn't recommend cooking in that oven afterwards lachen.gif
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I've got a dying video card laying around somewhere in my computer "graveyard" of a basement. Hmm... I just might look deeper into this GPU baking thing. Personally, I had believed it to be like modern "snake oil", but with 2 recommendations I consider reputable, it sounds like it's time to go get my apron on and do some baking!

Wait... did I just admit to the world I have an apron?
doh.gif

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Originally Posted by ()ut[@st;12653326 
That's supposed to release toxic fumes no? I wouldn't recommend cooking in that oven afterwards lachen.gif

Maybe it'll help my wife's meatloaf taste better? lachen.gif
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If you have your gpu ram overclocked too high it will cause that problem when it becomes unstable. Ive found this out through trial and error on my 5770
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O-V-E-N. fixed a couple of cards with it. I don't advise doing this while you still have warranty
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Originally Posted by jprovido;12653451 
O-V-E-N. fixed a couple of cards with it. I don't advise doing this while you still have warranty

I agree 100% with this.
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