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Crashing ATI 3850 - Black vertical lines

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by cheddar, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. cheddar

    Gangster

    Joined: Jul 26, 2003

    Posts: 235

    Location: South Wales

    Can anyone give me some advice in regards to my crashing ATI 3850 HD video card. I built my current system 2 years ago and have never had any issue with it up until the other week.

    What I am finding is occasionally (every day or so) the PC will crash. The screen becomes kinda blurry/funky/full of garbage and then the PC will reboot. Once the PC reboots, the display shows a set of 7/8 black vertical line spaced together, then a gap with another set of black lines, in total around 5/6 sets.

    Basically it looks like I have got a ruler and drawn 7/8 thin lines down the screen, then moved across a bit and done the same again etc.

    I then have to boot in safe mode, delete the card from the device manager, reboot into safe mode and install the drivers for those lines to disappear.

    The problem has so far happened 5 times, both whilst I was playing a game and also in Windows 7 (64 Bit).

    I have checked the temperature of the card and it is very low (mid 50's), and have even had a fan on it to keep it in its 40s, so I dont think the temperature is a problem.

    I know the card is old, but it is kind of annoying me because I dont really want to spend money on a new card as if I can solve this issue I will be happy.

    Does anyone have any suggestions here, i'm kinda stumped.
     
  2. AiiR

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 19, 2009

    Posts: 1,794

    Oven trick or new card I would have thought.
     
  3. cheddar

    Gangster

    Joined: Jul 26, 2003

    Posts: 235

    Location: South Wales

    Oven trick, what do you mean?

    Also, what would be a cheap replacement card giving the same or slightly better performance?
     
  4. SeraphX

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 7, 2010

    Posts: 7,173

    Location: Sussex

  5. rounddodger

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 15, 2007

    Posts: 1,200

    Location: Liverpool

    A 4850 will destroy it for 68quid. Failing that something second hand like a 8800GT.
     
  6. SeraphX

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 7, 2010

    Posts: 7,173

    Location: Sussex

    yeah failing the oven trick, pick up a used 8800GT or 9800GT i got one a few weeks back from the popular auction site for less then 50 quid ;)
     


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