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Screen going black, bad GPU?

So for the past few days I have noticed an issue where every 20-30 minutes my screen will go black for about 2-3 seconds. I assumed it was the overclock on my 1080 as I have been playing around with it, so I rebooted, set its clocks back to stock and it seems to be still happening. It doesn't matter whether its under load or not. I have left up hwinfo64 to see if anything looks out of place and so far it doesn't. Everything is reading as it should. I'm not even sure the video card is the right place to be looking. Could it be the video card? Or should I be considering the monitor or even the power supply. Yes I have an overclock set, its been set for well over a year and stable. Just stress tested it about 2 weeks ago to make sure nothing was degrading and its fine. Any suggestions? Any tests I should be running? This really has me confused.

Also I am running drivers 418.81. I reinstalled them twice using DDU to make sure it wasn't an issue with the install. Also running win 7

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Maybe the cables toast.

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Do you mean the PCI-e power cable ?

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The display cable/HDMI cable could be faulty. Or the GPU iv exsperiancesd both with my Nvidia GPUs.

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The display cable/HDMI cable could be faulty. Or the GPU iv exsperiancesd both with my Nvidia GPUs.

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I'm actually using DVI but I can replace it and my PCI-e lead and see if it fixes it.

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I have a similar issue with an ASUS monitor. I use it with 2 PCs (one HDMI, one DP), the issue happens on either connection so I think its probably the monitor itself, but it happens much more often on the HDMI connection. When it starts occurring frequently, rebooting the laptop with the HDMI connection will calm it down, which makes it sounds more like a driver issue. Very confusing.

I don't have any solutions beyond trying a new cable. Or trying another GPU if you have one, or even integrated video if you have that. But I will be watching and hopefully learning something.

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I have a similar issue with an ASUS monitor. I use it with 2 PCs (one HDMI, one DP), the issue happens on either connection so I think its probably the monitor itself, but it happens much more often on the HDMI connection. When it starts occurring frequently, rebooting the laptop with the HDMI connection will calm it down, which makes it sounds more like a driver issue. Very confusing.

I don't have any solutions beyond trying a new cable. Or trying another GPU if you have one, or even integrated video if you have that. But I will be watching and hopefully learning something.

What drivers are you running? Because I can't remember if these issues started for me after I updated to 418.81 or on previous drivers

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My work laptop is using the integrated video from the i5. Driver 21.20.16.4550. I am using an inexpensive mini-DP to HDMI converter cable in that case. I'd blame the cable except I can't explain why rebooting makes it more stable, at least for some time.

My personal desktop has a 1070 and driver 398.11. Straight DP - DP connection. But it experiences this less often.

The other weird thing in my case is it happens sometimes when my wife walks by my desk, but NOT if I do. But she has always been something of a PC antichrist.


It also seems to be sensitive to electrical spikes/surges, it will go blank sometimes if the fan in the kitchen range hood is switched on, so I assume it must be sharing a breaker. I run dual monitors and only one of them does this. I have a surge protector but I don't know well it filters the AC.

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Quote: Originally Posted by bfromcolo View Post
My work laptop is using the integrated video from the i5. Driver 21.20.16.4550. I am using an inexpensive mini-DP to HDMI converter cable in that case. I'd blame the cable except I can't explain why rebooting makes it more stable, at least for some time.

My personal desktop has a 1070 and driver 398.11. Straight DP - DP connection. But it experiences this less often.

The other weird thing in my case is it happens sometimes when my wife walks by my desk, but NOT if I do. But she has always been something of a PC antichrist.


It also seems to be sensitive to electrical spikes/surges, it will go blank sometimes if the fan in the kitchen range hood is switched on, so I assume it must be sharing a breaker. I run dual monitors and only one of them does this. I have a surge protector but I don't know well it filters the AC.
That has to be one of the most unusual things I have ever heard with far too many variables to identify any cause.

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Is your display driver crashing when the screen goes black?

You can check by going into Event Viewer > Windows Logs > System
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