Graphics Crash/Freeze

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October 3, 2009 at 19:27:50
Specs: Windows XP 64 bit
So I bought a gaming computer that was built for me. It has an ASUS motherboard with integrated graphics. I've been playing CSS and WoW for 3 or 4 weeks now with no issues but I want to get my FPS in WoW up and run higher settings. So I bought a GeForce 8500 GT with 1GB PCI-E. I installed the card and downloaded the drivers for XP 64 bit OS. Everything seemed fine and all of a sudden while just at the desktop, I clicked on the taskbar to see what options i had with the card. The screen image froze and pink blobs appeared around my background image. So I restarted and I didnt seem to have any problems. I launched WoW and it tried to start and immediately flashed a blue screen and restarted. I can't see what the error is, it flashes too fast. I tried to run benchmark and it did the same thing. I can go online and surf but if I do anything with video card options or try to run a game, it crashes or freezes. Any ideas on what could be happening here, or is this card DOA?

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#1
October 3, 2009 at 20:35:48
"I bought a gaming computer that was built for me. It has an ASUS motherboard with integrated graphics"

Gaming machines don't use integrated graphics.

"I bought a GeForce 8500 GT with 1GB PCI-E"

Weren't there any crappier cards available? lol. The 8500GT is better than integrated graphics, but it's not a gaming card. And since it has 1GB memory, it's probably slower than 512MB cards. You could have done a LOT better.

"Any ideas on what could be happening here, or is this card DOA?"

If the card was DOA, it wouldn't work at all. Did you enter the BIOS & disable the integrated graphics? Did you change the "shared memory" setting to none? Did you change the "Initial display first" setting to PCI-e? Did you uninstall the old graphics drivers?

Is this the driver you used?

http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp6...


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October 6, 2009 at 18:10:46
Yes, I have the right drivers and I uninstalled the old drivers. Let me re-phrase for you. It's a tower that is only meant for gaming and was bought on a budget. I paid $350 and it has 4GB of liquid cooled ram and a liquid cooled heat sink with fan on the CPU. I really don't see how criticizing my post helps, but thanks for the effort. I play WoW and CSS, can't you tell im a hardcore gamer? lol
I did get it to work somehow after like 10 restarts. I can run games and everything fine but I still get the very occasional freeze up and again the pink blobs appear. WoW runs at 127 fps but i occasionally see blips accross the screen. This is very annoying, should I just take the card back?

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