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Well its been a few months since I built this computer and when I first had it running, I would run 3Dmark06 and 05 to show ppl. The programs didnt run that fast, but I always got to the end with no problems.

The other day I tried to run it to see how much lower my score got, but after I clicked "run test" the screen went black for a minute or so, then I get a quick (maybe .5 second) flash of video of the guys in the spaceship before the doors open, then nothing for a while again, then another flash of the big guy with the gatling gun.

I dont understand why it would do this, its obviously a video card issue. But why would it not show artifacts or something and it works fine in aquamark3.
In 3Dmark05, it plays maybe 80% of the rendering, but the other 20% is taken up by random flashes of black screen. Another thing is that when the screen is black, it is not because of signal loss, or my monitor would say no signal. The video card is outputting actual black screen.

I did overclock my XFX 7600GT for a while but after discovering this I undid it. Help please!
 

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have you done any thing else before 3d mark stopped working eg:updated your graphics drivers? also does it still run games ok..if it does then its software related and your card is ok eliminate if its software or hard ware first and let me know the results and ill see if i can help
 

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I tried HL2, Farcry, and FlightSim X and they all worked like they usually do, except a little slower maybe because I took the overclock off the video card.

And no I didnt change any video drivers.
 

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well it looks like a software problem so your card should be fine
if i were you id un install and then reinstal 3d mark and upadate your card drivers that should solve ur problem at least ur cards ok so it shouldnt cost you money wise . let me know if it works .. good luck mate
 

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Well today I ran aquamark3 and it did the same thing as 3dmark05, it flshed every now and then, but showed quite a bit too. I really think this is a video card problem and that my regular games just dont stress it enough to make it crap out. Is there anything i can try like maybe flashing the bios or something? I didnt but the card from newegg i got it from some random online store, so I cant RMA it. Am I screwed?
 

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Your card most likely is fine mate. Sounds like Video driver problems...Do the following :

.Installing Graphic card driver efficiently!!! When you Update your graphics cards drivers theres ways that you should go about it. Follow these simple steps below.

1.Download and install ''Driver Cleaner'' Here:
http://www.drivercleaner.net/professional.html
2.Uninstall your Current Display drivers such as your ''ATI'' or ''Nvidia'' drivers.
3.Now run ''Driver cleaner'' and depending on the Drivers you have you will have to select either ''ATI'' or ''Nvidia'' from the drop down menu. Only select the main title of the driver in the drop down such as just ''ATI'' or ''Nvidia''
4.Once you have selected Your driver click on the ''Start'' button and this will now start the driver cleaning process. ( Do this twice to be sure )
5.Now reboot your system and Download the latest Nvidia or ATI and go ahead and install them.

Doing this avoids driver corruption and conflicts so you can now enjoy smooth gameplay
 

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if your still worried about your card try ati tool .. yep i know it says ati but will work on your card to its got a good test for stressing the card and will record if-and how many artifacts ur card throws up, if it is hard ware then ur card should show alot of artifacts as these are usually caused by the core or ram malfuntioning due to overclocking or just natural death of the card ....hope this helps mate
and like i siad it should just be a software thing so id just do what enterprise 1701 says im sure he knows more me and its nice to know he thinks it software to and im not just talking [email protected]
 

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Well, I couldnt find a free version yet of that "Driver Cleaner" but i ran ATI tool and it went crazy with errors. Sometimes, the errors were so many that the next one popped up before the last one was gone.

Then, I clicked on "Find max Clock" and i aborted when it brought my card down to 580 (10 below stock) and it did the same thing on the memory test.
 

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Alright I found the free driver cleaner, and I reinstalled the newest drivers after uninstalling and cleaning the old ones 2 times.

That didnt help so I went back to the 84.21 driver and used that one. Now, the problem is still there but it is slowly starting to happen more and more during regular windows especially when I open or play around in the NV control panel.

Please Help!
 

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well I decided to try and flash the bios but it didnt because it said the board id didnt match the bios id or something. Im stuck on what else I could try short of buying another card.
 

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I had it overclocked before but I took it off after these problems started. Its running at stock frequencies now, well stock for the XXX card.

The temps at stock frequencies are 48c idle and 73c load.
 

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Hey does anyone know if XFX can tell if I overclocked my card? I never actually voltmodded or flashed the bios or anything. All I used to overclock was using NVtweak to unlock the clocks in the NV control panel. Also, I used ATI tool once to overclock.

I remembered that they have a double lifetime warranty so I could use that instead of trying to RMA it back to chiefvalue.com because I left the box and CD and everything in NH at my college, and I dont get back to college untill the day after the 30 day warranty from chiefvalue is over.

But if they are gonna tell me its overclocked and just charge me twice for shipping, then I wont send it back.
 

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Alright, well I got my second identical 7600GT today, and used it to replace my bad one. Now, however 3dmark runs even worse! But, all the other probelms are fixed it seems. Like now flatout2 and aquamark both run when they didnt before. Why is XFX doing this to me?
 
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