Freezing games, artifacting... other details

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June 18, 2011 at 17:29:32
Specs: Windows XP 7, 2.7 Ghz X2 Brisbane
Hi all,
A few months ago I bought a secondhand MSI facotry overclocked Nvidia 9600GT card to compliment my old one, of the same brand and model. I also purchased an SLI capable PSU (by APEX). Things were working fine for a few weeks.

Then while I was working in a 3d modeling program, I got would sometimes get pixelated "snow" artifacting, and it looked like static. All of my games experienced various artifacting issues, to varying degrees of seriousness. Furthermore, when using Google Sketchup, when I moved my mouse cursor around the card (s) would make a fast clicking sound.

I took out one card, then the other - same issues (though not as severe). I tested both PCI-e slots, and reinstalled Windows 7 64bit. I still get occasional artifacting running only a single card, but the bigger issue now is that gaming applications will very often freeze and become non-responsive. Interestingly, if I open task manager, this usually unfreezes the game. I still can hear a slight clicking sound coming from the card whenever running a program that uses graphics.

Sometimes, the whole screen will go black for a bit, and then I get a popup stating that the display driver has stopped responding and restarted. This happens maybe a few times a day.

I have run hardware monitor several times: temperatures come back normal.

So finally, suspecting that the PSU was responsible for it all, I switched back to my old one. However, it had no effect. I really don't know what is going on at this point.

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June 18, 2011 at 18:53:13
see if the cooling fan on the video card is operating. Should not wobble from side to side but rotate easily. If the processor is getting hot, thats your problem.

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June 18, 2011 at 21:57:41
Did u install v-card latest driver?
A v-card(GPU) is overheating or it's starting to fail, try to underclock it.
Use EVGA precision to monitor and underclock v-card

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.

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June 19, 2011 at 01:32:01
I've installed a range of video drivers, including the most up to date ones. No effect.

According to Hardware Monitor, there is no heating issue.

I just don't get why both cards, which were working fine (one for three years), suddenly start having issues simultaneously. Perhaps there's something wrong with the motherboard, not with the cards themselves.

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