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Weird Screen Freeze and Video Signal Issue

by TheBigBadGRIM / January 27, 2013 7:22 AM PST

Hey guys. I'm getting desperate here and hoping someone in the forums might be able to figure out what the hell is going on with my PC.

Here is my system information exported from the programs Speccy and SpeedFan:

Here is the short version of what my problem is:

I get a screen freeze while playing games (black/red/blue screens) and one time while web browsing. Yesterday the reset button on PC responded slowly or not at all and even starting up was a problem (I was getting no video even during post screen). I don't have that problem now (although it could return), the only thing that is still bothering me are the screen freezes during gameplay.

Now in long form, and with key facts underlined, here are the major developments since it began last night:

- Im playing a game (Planetside 2) and suddenly the screen freezes up. I still hear sound effects and the computer looks like its running normally (fans, lights, etc.) but my monitor is showing a black screen with red lines going down the screen (like vertical scanlines). Ive never seen such a thing. My first response is to Alt+Tab+Delete out of this but the screen stays the same. The next thing I do is hit the Reset button my my computer case. To my SHOCK, there is no immediate response when I press it. I press it again and after staring at the screen in confusion the reset command seems to register a few seconds later. However, my PC doesnt perform an ordinary restart. It looks as if it powers down first before starting back up again and the I hear the sound of a computer fan(s) going real fast and super loud during startup...another unusual thing.

- Early this morning Im playing another game (Team Fortress 2) and 3 minutes into it I get the same visual problem. This time the PC is taking too long to respond to the reset button pressing so I just hold the power button till it goes off, flip the power supply switch in the back off and on, and turn the PC back on. To my surprise, I get NO video signal now. Not even the post/bios screen. I repeat the power off steps I just mentioned and this time I wait for anything. After a minute I HEAR the windows login jingle. So I guess my PC is running fine now except for the video issue.

- After another restart the computer and windows start up normally, YAY!!! Then while web browsing Im hit with another screen freeze (I dont remember the color of this one).

- So far my attempts at fixing the problem have been: (1) disconnecting and video card, sound card, and RAM sticks from my motherboard and reattaching them tightly to ensure that they are not loose if they were before; (2) switching the video card connection from one DVI output to the second; (3) uninstalling the latest ATI Radeon drivers and installing the disc drivers; and (4) reinstalling the latest ATI Radeon drivers because Im getting desperate. I still have the problem.

- Last night, I woke the computer up from Sleep Mode and found the Aero theme disabled (you know, it goes to ugly mode when video issues occur). 2 minutes later I get this screen:

- Id like to think this is a software problem (graphics drivers) but having no video signal during post and loud fan noise before windows starts makes me think its a hardware issue Ive got. My greatest concern is not being able to figure out which hardware needs to be replaced. Im ready to upgrade my graphics card to a Geforce 660 Ti and ditch ATI for good if its a graphics card issue. Just say the word guys and Ill buy it now.

- After getting that blue screen I restarted and it worked fine for 4 hours.

- Today I get this screen after 3 minutes playing Planetside 2:

- Edit: Just some important info about my GPU temperature. I immediately checked the GPU temperature after exiting Planetside 2 last night and found it at 80 degrees and cooling down to 70. It's important to know that I did have the case open for the last few hours so that was definitely a factor, but It definitely goes up during gaming. However, according to my video card manufacturer, XFX, "The normal temperature range of a video card is up to 95C under load. We expect that in most cases a card will not break the high 80s but large cards under high load can get as hot as 95C. This temperature will not damage your video card and is considered normal."

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Still Looking for Help
by TheBigBadGRIM / January 27, 2013 11:21 AM PST

Bumping the thread in hopes that someone can help me out.

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Something caught my eye.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2013 1:33 PM PST

The stock voltage for vcore I looked up is 1.136V but yours is much lower. I'd ask this PC's maker some questions about that.

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by TheBigBadGRIM / January 27, 2013 2:36 PM PST

I built the PC myself 2 years ago. I personally didn't mess with any voltage of my components; I guess it just got like that on its own. I don't know if it's been like that for the whole two years or just now I really don't check that. Could that be the cause of this or another problem in the future?

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I can offer one explanation why it worked for a while.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2013 1:49 AM PST
In reply to: Hmmmm

When the power supplies are new and keep in mind there is the one that connects to the AC and is usually in a big metal box inside the big box holding all the other parts and we have the other power supplies on the motherboard so there are more than one.

OK, as time passes the Electrolytic Capacitors age and if it worked before the amount of noise on the supplies was lower than today. You may not have changed a thing. It just gets old.

Today, I spotted a value that looks out of whack. It's up to the machine's maker to see what it should be.

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