Hay people of technological help ! What should i do if my new 23' monitor has a vertical line of pixels that won't go away and stay one colour ? Oncoming hardware failure ?
Depends if you run SLI though...
If you don't then it is basically 100% that it is a nice little stream of dead pixels...
Hallo people. I have a problem that will really get the worst of me if it continues. It randomly started this weekend when I booted my pc and started playing the Burnout trial, when after about 5min it started to lag extremely.
I have since tested it, and it happens to virtually every other game I play (which used to be fine). If I minimize the game, and leave my pc for a few minutes, it plays fine again for about a minute, and the same thing happens.
I have tried installing updated drivers for my gpu, as well as closing background tasks and system restore, but nothing works.
I have a fairly old budget pc, closing in on an age of two years with small upgrades every now and then.
Specs are as follows:
3.0 ghz HT CPU
80gig hdd + 250 gig hdd
350w psu (I think)
As I said everything used to work fine, except that I had to restart my computer every time I booted it, or else programs start to crash after a minute or two.
Thanks in advance.
Last edited by TiberiumKing; 09-03-2009 at 09:09 PM. Reason: Specs
I suggest running MemTest86 if you can get it, install it on a floppy drive or cd, and run it for about an hour. It will alert you to any problems.
Also, do a check on your hard drive for disk errors. You can do this in My Computer>Hard Drive right-click>Properties>Tools>Error Checking. Set it to fix errors that it finds, and then reboot your pc to start the test. Now leave and go watch something, or eat, or have lots of coffee.
I no once 1 of my old 512MB sticks of ram had dust or something in it, the bios and windows showed it was there but if I tried to play a game, I could my be pay for 3 or so minutes, it would crash to desktop with an error, cleaning my ram fixed that.
You might as well give your PC a virus scan just to be sure it isn't a virus, and try clean your ram slots for dust, you never know and my be your PCI-Express slot as well, it may just help
Although I would not just constrict it to the GPU overheating, the CPU may also be the culprit (heatsink isn't seated properly for instance).
The fact that things recover somewhat once the system isn't under heavy load tends to point to an overheating issue. I'm not so sure a system will recover if it is experiencing RAM issues, it will just get worse and worse.If I minimize the game, and leave my pc for a few minutes, it plays fine again for about a minute, and the same thing happens.
Easy to check, use a utility (like hwmonitor) to monitor temperatures while running under load and see if anything goes off the charts.
Hi peepz! My dad's pc randomly crashed a while ago and we think it's the bios. is there any way to reflash the bios or is the board dead? It refuses to start at all. It's an ancient GA-8I875P with a P4 3.2GHz churning in it. A similar thing happened to my friends PC, we were playing D2LOD together and his PC randomly froze and it hasnt started since. And then another friends pc did the same thing, only we got it to boot once and it wanted a bios update.
The psu is fine. He got another mobo and hooked it up to the old psu and it runs fine. The original one blew up in my face so we got a new one not too long ago :D
Switched on my PC this morning, and all was fine. Came home this afternoon from Varsity, and that has happened. My gut feeling tells me, my graphics card has popped. It isn't my RAM as I tested it with others. I plugged my Dad's PC into my screen, it works 100's.
I have a DFI LanParty UT-D nForce 4 Ultra, so it has 2 x PCI-E slots. I only used the first one, swopped my card over to the second one, same thing.
Additionally, my dad's PC is an AGP board. :/