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Ok, so last night while playing World of Warcraft, the game suddenly froze up, screen flickered and went black (except for my pointer), and I lost all audio. Rebooted and got back to the desktop, restarted WoW, and it happened again as soon as I got to the login screen. Tried a few things (see below), and now I can't even get to the desktop.

Current symptoms:
-Artifacts on text during POST, and all over the screen on Windows loading screen.
-After loading screen, screen stays blank accept for artifacts on the screen.
-I can boot into safe mode just fine, and once on the desktop there are NO artifacts.

What I have tried:
-Ran FF Benchmark initially, froze my rig immediately.
-Once I found out I could boot into safe mode, cleared drivers using Driver Sweeper, booted into normal mode (i can get to the desktop if the generic video driver is loaded), and installed latest drivers from nVidia site.
-Once I reboot after installing the drivers, symptom 2 from above comes back.
-Switched card over to the other PCI xpress slot, no change.
-Switched to my other PCI xpress plug on my PSU, no change.

I'm at a loss at the moment. I just can't figure out if it's a corrupt driver or a bad card. Any input from the pros would be much appreciated. Rig specs are in my sig.
post #2 of 16
You were right to think driver since its fine in safe mode. It could be a bad driver that driver sweeper missed. It may be worthwhile to go in and find the drivers yourself and delete them. Then re-install them.

Before your second attempt to load WOW, did it have the artifacts (or other issues) on the screen?
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-Artifacts on text during POST
That rules out any driver related problems.
I'd point to either the card (more probable) or PSU (much less probable).

Me thinks it's time for :

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Nope. Anytime I can get to the desktop everything looks fine. It's only when I put any load on the card that my computer would freeze up.
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Yeah if thats the case, it is probably hardware related.

Does your gfx card have power connectors?
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time for the oven if you get artifacts at POST its the card
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post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by beers View Post
That rules out any driver related problems.
I'd point to either the card (more probable) or PSU (much less probable).

Me thinks it's time for :

Care to point me in the direction of a good guide?
post #8 of 16
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Yeah if thats the case, it is probably hardware related.

Does your gfx card have power connectors?
Yes 1 8-pin
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Yes 1 8-pin
Just make sure its connected well and you might want to test it with a multimeter but thats a long shot. More than likely the cards a gonner.
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Well I think we all know what time it is:


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