sudden bluescreens, video at 640x480x4

Gateway / Fx8040
June 17, 2009 at 10:35:33
Specs: Vista Ultimate, intel Q6600 (quad core2), 2.94 / 3g
(Vid card is a nvidia 8800 GTS)

As of yesterday my trusty gaming box started bluescreening and rebooting with no warning.

Yesterday it started when I started up EvE. Graphic elements started flickering then the video was increasingly corrupted until it BSed.

Today YouTube vids started causing similar behavior.

Now, as I do the noob backup race against time, the video has scaled back to 640x480x4.

I haven't done anything weird to the thing lately. No software installs, driver upgrades, bizarre gaming marathons, etc.

I'm unemployed and really can't afford a new box. But it seems like just the vid card suddenly crapped out.

Any way I can confirm if it's hw/sw that y'all can think of? A new vid card I can swing. But if it's going to be a waste of cash I'm hosed.



- Mike

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June 17, 2009 at 12:34:20
Start with event viewer logs and setup if not already dump logs.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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June 17, 2009 at 12:40:38
Good idea, thanks. I seem to have just booted up in a
reasonable resolution/color depth mode, so that won't be too
hard. No idea how long it might last.

I did also back-level the nvidia drivers to something old and
stable, just in case. (That didn't immediately cause me to
boot up into 32bit. It's now about 4 boots later.)

Like that list. What's your preferred live CD?

Watching the logon screen (while typing this on my laptop) it
just flickered twice and shutdown again.

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June 17, 2009 at 13:21:31
Have you opened the case & looked inside? Sounds overheating...could be the CPU, the GPU or the power supply. When's the last time you blew the dust out of it?

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