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Ant
December 27th 08, 04:17 AM
Hi.

I was using old Norton Ghost 2003 DOS to make backups and then my video
screen goes corrupted and I get video signal loss. I was able to
reproduce this easily with three attempts so far. It seems to vary on
how long it takes to reproduce (5 to 20 minutes).

I never saw this problem in Windows XP Pro. SP3, especially when gaming
(last gaming was last night with Portal).

I opened up my case to peak inside. I accidently touched the video card
and DAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMN, IT WAS FRACKIN HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost
burned my fingers. :( I touched other cards and chips and they were just
warm. I don't think that video card is supposed to be this hot
especially with the cooler weather (only 72 degrees(F)/22.2 degrees(C)
in my room) and I am not even gaming or anything stressful to the video
card!

I booted back to Windows XP to check out the values with RivaTuner:
http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/6363/coretempnu4.gif ... Negative
temperatures for C? They aren't correct after converted to F (still
negative). Something is busted I think. I can't tell if the video card
fan is working at all. How can I tell when it is on? I don't see
anything moving/spinning and feel any heat blowing out (not sure where
the exit is.

Thank you in advance. :)
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Augustus[_3_]
December 27th 08, 05:43 AM
"Ant" > wrote in message
m...
> Hi.
>
> I was using old Norton Ghost 2003 DOS to make backups and then my video
> screen goes corrupted and I get video signal loss. I was able to reproduce
> this easily with three attempts so far. It seems to vary on how long it
> takes to reproduce (5 to 20 minutes).
>
> I never saw this problem in Windows XP Pro. SP3, especially when gaming
> (last gaming was last night with Portal).
>
> I opened up my case to peak inside. I accidently touched the video card
> and DAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMN, IT WAS FRACKIN HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost
> burned my fingers. :( I touched other cards and chips and they were just
> warm. I don't think that video card is supposed to be this hot especially
> with the cooler weather (only 72 degrees(F)/22.2 degrees(C) in my room)
> and I am not even gaming or anything stressful to the video card!
>
> I booted back to Windows XP to check out the values with RivaTuner:
> http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/6363/coretempnu4.gif ... Negative
> temperatures for C? They aren't correct after converted to F (still
> negative). Something is busted I think. I can't tell if the video card fan
> is working at all. How can I tell when it is on? I don't see anything
> moving/spinning and feel any heat blowing out (not sure where the exit is.

Sorry, don't understand why can't you see the fan spinning or not....it's
plainly visible from the top.
http://www.allnumerique.com/photos-news/E-GeForce-7950-GT-KO-Superclocked-1.jpg
Based on your description, it sounds like a classic fan failure/overheating
issue. Have no idea why your RivaTuner readouts are so bizarre.

Ant
December 27th 08, 06:04 AM
On 12/26/2008 8:43 PM PT, Augustus typed:

>> I was using old Norton Ghost 2003 DOS to make backups and then my video
>> screen goes corrupted and I get video signal loss. I was able to reproduce
>> this easily with three attempts so far. It seems to vary on how long it
>> takes to reproduce (5 to 20 minutes).
>>
>> I never saw this problem in Windows XP Pro. SP3, especially when gaming
>> (last gaming was last night with Portal).
>>
>> I opened up my case to peak inside. I accidently touched the video card
>> and DAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMN, IT WAS FRACKIN HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost
>> burned my fingers. :( I touched other cards and chips and they were just
>> warm. I don't think that video card is supposed to be this hot especially
>> with the cooler weather (only 72 degrees(F)/22.2 degrees(C) in my room)
>> and I am not even gaming or anything stressful to the video card!
>>
>> I booted back to Windows XP to check out the values with RivaTuner:
>> http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/6363/coretempnu4.gif ... Negative
>> temperatures for C? They aren't correct after converted to F (still
>> negative). Something is busted I think. I can't tell if the video card fan
>> is working at all. How can I tell when it is on? I don't see anything
>> moving/spinning and feel any heat blowing out (not sure where the exit is.
>
> Sorry, don't understand why can't you see the fan spinning or not....it's
> plainly visible from the top.
> http://www.allnumerique.com/photos-news/E-GeForce-7950-GT-KO-Superclocked-1.jpg
> Based on your description, it sounds like a classic fan failure/overheating
> issue. Have no idea why your RivaTuner readouts are so bizarre.

Oh, I see the fan now. It was hard to see because I have cards and
cables blocking the views. Yep, it is not moving and trying to make it
spin with my finger was not smooth.
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Robert Miles
December 27th 08, 01:58 PM
"Ant" > wrote in message
m...
> Hi.
>
> I was using old Norton Ghost 2003 DOS to make backups and then my video
> screen goes corrupted and I get video signal loss. I was able to reproduce
> this easily with three attempts so far. It seems to vary on how long it
> takes to reproduce (5 to 20 minutes).
>
> I never saw this problem in Windows XP Pro. SP3, especially when gaming
> (last gaming was last night with Portal).
>
> I opened up my case to peak inside. I accidently touched the video card
> and DAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMN, IT WAS FRACKIN HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost
> burned my fingers. :( I touched other cards and chips and they were just
> warm. I don't think that video card is supposed to be this hot especially
> with the cooler weather (only 72 degrees(F)/22.2 degrees(C) in my room)
> and I am not even gaming or anything stressful to the video card!
>
> I booted back to Windows XP to check out the values with RivaTuner:
> http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/6363/coretempnu4.gif ... Negative
> temperatures for C? They aren't correct after converted to F (still
> negative). Something is busted I think. I can't tell if the video card fan
> is working at all. How can I tell when it is on? I don't see anything
> moving/spinning and feel any heat blowing out (not sure where the exit is.
>
> Thank you in advance. :)
> --
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..
You may want to check if this company offers a good replacement
fan:

http://www.arctic-cooling.com/vga2.php?idx=91

This fan control program also checks whether all your fans are working:

http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php

You might want to check whether it works better on your type of
Motherboard than RivaTuner does.

Robert

Ant
December 27th 08, 10:34 PM
On 12/27/2008 4:58 AM PT, Robert Miles typed:

> "Ant" > wrote in message
> m...
>> Hi.
>>
>> I was using old Norton Ghost 2003 DOS to make backups and then my video
>> screen goes corrupted and I get video signal loss. I was able to reproduce
>> this easily with three attempts so far. It seems to vary on how long it
>> takes to reproduce (5 to 20 minutes).
>>
>> I never saw this problem in Windows XP Pro. SP3, especially when gaming
>> (last gaming was last night with Portal).
>>
>> I opened up my case to peak inside. I accidently touched the video card
>> and DAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMN, IT WAS FRACKIN HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost
>> burned my fingers. :( I touched other cards and chips and they were just
>> warm. I don't think that video card is supposed to be this hot especially
>> with the cooler weather (only 72 degrees(F)/22.2 degrees(C) in my room)
>> and I am not even gaming or anything stressful to the video card!
>>
>> I booted back to Windows XP to check out the values with RivaTuner:
>> http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/6363/coretempnu4.gif ... Negative
>> temperatures for C? They aren't correct after converted to F (still
>> negative). Something is busted I think. I can't tell if the video card fan
>> is working at all. How can I tell when it is on? I don't see anything
>> moving/spinning and feel any heat blowing out (not sure where the exit is.

> You may want to check if this company offers a good replacement
> fan:
>
> http://www.arctic-cooling.com/vga2.php?idx=91

Since this is EVGA with its lifetime warranty, wouldn't it be better to
RMA it?


> This fan control program also checks whether all your fans are working:
>
> http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php

Oh dang. Core shows 136F degrees and GPU shows 194F degrees. And like I
said in my last night's 9:04 PM PST reply, I found out the fan is indeed
not spinning and I can't push it softly to move it easily.
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Robert Miles
December 28th 08, 02:18 PM
"Ant" > wrote in message
m...
> On 12/27/2008 4:58 AM PT, Robert Miles typed:
>
>> "Ant" > wrote in message
>> m...
>>> Hi.
>>>
>>> I was using old Norton Ghost 2003 DOS to make backups and then my video
>>> screen goes corrupted and I get video signal loss. I was able to
>>> reproduce this easily with three attempts so far. It seems to vary on
>>> how long it takes to reproduce (5 to 20 minutes).
>>>
>>> I never saw this problem in Windows XP Pro. SP3, especially when gaming
>>> (last gaming was last night with Portal).
>>>
>>> I opened up my case to peak inside. I accidently touched the video card
>>> and DAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMN, IT WAS FRACKIN HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost
>>> burned my fingers. :( I touched other cards and chips and they were just
>>> warm. I don't think that video card is supposed to be this hot
>>> especially with the cooler weather (only 72 degrees(F)/22.2 degrees(C)
>>> in my room) and I am not even gaming or anything stressful to the video
>>> card!
>>>
>>> I booted back to Windows XP to check out the values with RivaTuner:
>>> http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/6363/coretempnu4.gif ... Negative
>>> temperatures for C? They aren't correct after converted to F (still
>>> negative). Something is busted I think. I can't tell if the video card
>>> fan is working at all. How can I tell when it is on? I don't see
>>> anything moving/spinning and feel any heat blowing out (not sure where
>>> the exit is.
>
>> You may want to check if this company offers a good replacement
>> fan:
>>
>> http://www.arctic-cooling.com/vga2.php?idx=91
>
> Since this is EVGA with its lifetime warranty, wouldn't it be better to
> RMA it?
>
I'm not familiar with the details of that, but it seems worth trying a RMA
first.
>
>> This fan control program also checks whether all your fans are working:
>>
>> http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php
>
> Oh dang. Core shows 136F degrees and GPU shows 194F degrees. And like I
> said in my last night's 9:04 PM PST reply, I found out the fan is indeed
> not spinning and I can't push it softly to move it easily.
> --
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Ant
December 28th 08, 03:43 PM
On 12/28/2008 5:18 AM PT, Robert Miles typed:

>>>> I was using old Norton Ghost 2003 DOS to make backups and then my video
>>>> screen goes corrupted and I get video signal loss. I was able to
>>>> reproduce this easily with three attempts so far. It seems to vary on
>>>> how long it takes to reproduce (5 to 20 minutes).
>>>>
>>>> I never saw this problem in Windows XP Pro. SP3, especially when gaming
>>>> (last gaming was last night with Portal).
>>>>
>>>> I opened up my case to peak inside. I accidently touched the video card
>>>> and DAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMN, IT WAS FRACKIN HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost
>>>> burned my fingers. :( I touched other cards and chips and they were just
>>>> warm. I don't think that video card is supposed to be this hot
>>>> especially with the cooler weather (only 72 degrees(F)/22.2 degrees(C)
>>>> in my room) and I am not even gaming or anything stressful to the video
>>>> card!
>>>>
>>>> I booted back to Windows XP to check out the values with RivaTuner:
>>>> http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/6363/coretempnu4.gif ... Negative
>>>> temperatures for C? They aren't correct after converted to F (still
>>>> negative). Something is busted I think. I can't tell if the video card
>>>> fan is working at all. How can I tell when it is on? I don't see
>>>> anything moving/spinning and feel any heat blowing out (not sure where
>>>> the exit is.
>>>
>>> You may want to check if this company offers a good replacement
>>> fan:
>>>
>>> http://www.arctic-cooling.com/vga2.php?idx=91
>>
>> Since this is EVGA with its lifetime warranty, wouldn't it be better to
>> RMA it?
>>
> I'm not familiar with the details of that, but it seems worth trying a RMA
> first.

Guess what? My video card died when I rebooted yesterday afternoon. My
computer refused to display anything and hung in doing nothing. I tried
my friend's GeForce 6800 PCIe and it was fine. I am RMAing the card!
Dang, I only had it for two years! That was short. :(
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Kevin
December 29th 08, 04:23 AM
With the fan not working why were you using the computer at all?


"Ant" > wrote in message
...
> On 12/28/2008 5:18 AM PT, Robert Miles typed:
>
>>>>> I was using old Norton Ghost 2003 DOS to make backups and then my
>>>>> video screen goes corrupted and I get video signal loss. I was able to
>>>>> reproduce this easily with three attempts so far. It seems to vary on
>>>>> how long it takes to reproduce (5 to 20 minutes).
>>>>>
>>>>> I never saw this problem in Windows XP Pro. SP3, especially when
>>>>> gaming (last gaming was last night with Portal).
>>>>>
>>>>> I opened up my case to peak inside. I accidently touched the video
>>>>> card and DAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMN, IT WAS FRACKIN HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I
>>>>> almost burned my fingers. :( I touched other cards and chips and they
>>>>> were just warm. I don't think that video card is supposed to be this
>>>>> hot especially with the cooler weather (only 72 degrees(F)/22.2
>>>>> degrees(C) in my room) and I am not even gaming or anything stressful
>>>>> to the video card!
>>>>>
>>>>> I booted back to Windows XP to check out the values with RivaTuner:
>>>>> http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/6363/coretempnu4.gif ... Negative
>>>>> temperatures for C? They aren't correct after converted to F (still
>>>>> negative). Something is busted I think. I can't tell if the video card
>>>>> fan is working at all. How can I tell when it is on? I don't see
>>>>> anything moving/spinning and feel any heat blowing out (not sure where
>>>>> the exit is.
> >>>
>>>> You may want to check if this company offers a good replacement
>>>> fan:
>>>>
>>>> http://www.arctic-cooling.com/vga2.php?idx=91
> >>
>>> Since this is EVGA with its lifetime warranty, wouldn't it be better to
>>> RMA it?
>>>
>> I'm not familiar with the details of that, but it seems worth trying a
>> RMA
>> first.
>
> Guess what? My video card died when I rebooted yesterday afternoon. My
> computer refused to display anything and hung in doing nothing. I tried my
> friend's GeForce 6800 PCIe and it was fine. I am RMAing the card! Dang, I
> only had it for two years! That was short. :(
> --
With the fan not working why were you using the computer at all? It needed
immidiate attention.

Ant
December 29th 08, 05:26 AM
On 12/28/2008 7:23 PM PT, Kevin typed:

> With the fan not working why were you using the computer at all?

Because I need to use the PC. Well, it finally stopped working when I
went to power off and then turn on yesterday. Oy! Time to RMA it.
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