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Is my GPU dying? My screen is blacking out randomly!

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And there would be black boxes and artifacts when playing games.

So I went and cleaned the heatsink and fan on the GPU and everything's all nice and clean now.

However, when I'm skyping or just at the desktop, the screen would randomly black out.

Is this most likely a problem with the GPU or would it be monitor/DVI cable?

Thanks!
post #2 of 8
is it overclocked? what are your load temps?
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Can you get a different DVI cable? Try a different DVI port on your gpu. could be your monitor dying also.
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id check drivers first

if its not them call EVGA and submit for RMA
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post #5 of 8
Perhaps an unstable overclock? Or simply damaged your card with high voltages.
You may also have gotten a driver corruption. Update or reinstall your drivers.
Check your connectors. They might be loose (But then again, you had to take out your connections for cleaning)
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Hmm... this is with my brother's BFG GTX 260.

It's been working fine for awhile so I don't see why all of a sudden it needs it's driver updated, but I'll give that a try anyways.

I don't believe it's OCed. If it were, it would probably only be a tiny OC w/o voltage increase.

The idle temp is 40C and load is around 75C after cleaning it so I don't think that's the problem.

The screen blacking out led me to believe that the monitor or cable might be the culprit, but the artifacts while gaming makes me suspect it's the GPU itself.

I don't think I can RMA it as BFG doesn't sell GPUs anymore and I also didn't register it so I might be out of luck there.
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Hmm... this is with my brother's BFG GTX 260.

It's been working fine for awhile so I don't see why all of a sudden it needs it's driver updated, but I'll give that a try anyways.

I don't believe it's OCed. If it were, it would probably only be a tiny OC w/o voltage increase.

The idle temp is 40C and load is around 75C after cleaning it so I don't think that's the problem.

The screen blacking out led me to believe that the monitor or cable might be the culprit, but the artifacts while gaming makes me suspect it's the GPU itself.

I don't think I can RMA it as BFG doesn't sell GPUs anymore and I also didn't register it so I might be out of luck there.
If it's artifacting you need to update the drivers. If that doesnt work then you need a new gpu. or you could always try to bake that one
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maybe it's just the problem of tempering too high, don't OC it or using default options and improving your cooling system.
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