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I was being EXTREMELY careless today when trying to clean and then attempting to overclock my card.

I took out my 9600 GT to blow the dust out and then I put it back in. (Blew fan in circles for a stupid amount of time, only realized this should not be done when I got online to try and solve my problem.) I also experimented with some overclocking but set everything back to default when I was done. I'm not even sure if the settings I put in even got applied.

When running any game ( I think it's 3d applications in general) I have sever framerate problems now.

Can anyone offer some help or explanation?


(Resolved: faulty pci-e connector)
Edited by MisterFly - 4/18/11 at 6:01pm
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Is the fan running? could be the gpu overheating and downclocking.
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Yes the fan is running.
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Have you tried reseating the GPU and doing a fully clean re-install of drivers? Simply forcing the fan to spin won't cause framerate issues; it's just apparently bad for the mechanical aspect of the fan.
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sounds like driver issue or maybe you shorted something on your card, i'm not sure
    
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Have you tried reseating the GPU and doing a fully clean re-install of drivers? Simply forcing the fan to spin won't cause framerate issues; it's just apparently bad for the mechanical aspect of the fan.
I did reseat the GPU, nothing happened. I'll try a fresh driver install now.
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I did reseat the GPU, nothing happened. I'll try a fresh driver install now.
Ditto. Also check GPU-Z and verify that the card is running in x16 mode.

I had this issue with an 8800GT on a Gigabyte board. The card kept wanting to run in x1 and that obviously degraded performance.
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I just did a clean install of both my graphics drivers and a very recent mobo driver. I also checked GPU-Z to make sure it was running in x16, it is.

Started up Left4Dead2 and on the tittle screen, there are no issues. Once I load into a game (playing local for now) it begins to be choppy. The sound is curiously unaffected most of the time.
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I just did a clean install of both my graphics drivers and a very recent mobo driver. I also checked GPU-Z to make sure it was running in x16, it is.

Started up Left4Dead2 and on the tittle screen, there are no issues. Once I load into a game (playing local for now) it begins to be choppy. The sound is curiously unaffected most of the time.
That is a tricky one. Did you do anything with the computer between the time you pulled the card out to clean it and you put it back in?
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I didn't do a thing. I brought the card out (and I made sure to ground myself before touching it), walked into my kitchen (walked over some carpet that could have generated static electricity that may have damaged the card) and used my compressed air can to blow some dust out. I never let go of the card during this time either.

Put the card back in as normal, then triedto use Riva to OC it. I was testing whether or not the OC was working in Counter Strike benchmarking, because it's quick and easy, and it was at 11 FPS average no matter what I did with Riva.

That leads me to believe something may have happened with the card.
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