Question about XFX NVIDIA GeForce 8600 Graphics Card
My geforce 8600 gts started giving me trouble few day ago when i was playing World in Conflict. First it crashed while i was playing with my screen gone blank. After restart, i managed to continue playing but after a while the same thing happened. Then I tried Far Cry 2 and as before graphics got meshed and game crashed. Until then in Vista everything was fine.
I decided to install the newest drivers for my motherboard and graphic card but that caused a total meltdown of the system, I could be just a few minutes in Windows Vista and then I couldn't click or access anything- even shutdown was greyed out.
So i was forced to format the Windows partition and start over. Now i succesfully installed the latest drivers and tried out Red Alert 3 demo to see if the problem is still there. And it was, first meshes and color blobs and then it crashes.
I had other bussines to take care off so I left the computer for several hours shut down. When I returned I turned it on and now graphic card couldnt handle even the Vista Aero theme and it repeatedly crashed and recovered until I turned Aero off.
My main question is, is this a hardware problem or drivers one?. Before the problem occured I didnt change them. Also because the problem is escalating it doesnt seem to be a software glitch. Main thing I noticed is that every 3d aplication gives trouble to the computer and sooner of later it crashes to desktop.
Please Help, thank you in advance.
Sorry for the bad news, but you've seem to have witnessed a graphic card meltdown...
During games, cards get quite melting hot! If there's a little problem or inefficiency in the card cooling system (Active Fan or Passive Airflow) Your card will simply melt a few little contacts, enough to produce what you saw or even worse!. (Basically just in the graphic 3D render portion of the board, thats why you could still see windows some times but Aero (3D) started glitching later).
If you wish, you can verify this at your own risk opening up your case and placing your finger on the free corner of your card and bending/arching it a little to the sides when windows or your games are running... It may restore contact at the melted away points for a few seconds for you to see, but won't repair it, you'll maybe see how images get better or worse with the bending, proving the meltdown situation.
Return your card if you can or buy a new one, before the crashes mess up your windows. Buy a new one from a good manufacturer and clad with an elaborated cooling system, if you plan to run 3D heavy games, stay away from the weird branded, cheapest or heavily discounted cards are usually the ones most prone to fail this way. If you go ATI, buy ATI made cards. If you go NVidia, buy BFG for example.
Posted on Jan 07, 2009
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