Windows 7 display problems on custom-built PC

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January 18, 2010 at 03:02:47
Specs: Windows 7 Home, 4 GB
I have a custom built computer that I put together. This includes a NEW motherboard, CPU, graphics card and of course DDR 3 memory. All of these have the latest drivers and are all working ok.
So thought it time to install Windows 7. Once Windows 7 was installed I have been having a problem with my display graphics. Two problems although I am not sure they are both linked. When I select a theme (pictures on the personalize page) then the trouble begins. About every 3 mins or so a flashing chequered board appears. Although the functions of the computer still work the display is so bad it gives me headaches. When I switch back to basic (just the static Windows logo) it all goes away. Also in this mode as well as the chequered board I sometimes get my screen going blank and then back again with an error saying my display driver has failed but restarted.
Microsoft seems not to be able to give me a fix. Have any of you out there any ideas?

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#1
January 18, 2010 at 06:02:54
U didn't bother to mention your hardware. I think u have driver issues,try to use old drivers or win vista driver.Did u install monitor driver?

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#2
January 18, 2010 at 11:40:49
-Is you graphics card overclocked? If so, return it to NV/ATI's recommended clock speed.

-Poorly seated video card. Shut down, lift the card from its slot, and put it back in. Some motherboard slots seem to have two "bumps." You think the card is installed, but pushing it a bit harder gives you that second, final click.

-If the motherboard has more than one PCIe x16 slot, try the card in a different slot.

-Auxiliary power: If the card requires a 6- or 8-pin PCIe power connector, make sure it's plugged in.

-Weak power supply. Don't be running a high end card off a low end PSU. Make sure the PSU meets the card's +12v amperage requirements.

-Bad video memory: If all else fails, RMA the card.

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#3
January 19, 2010 at 08:29:47
Ok Thanks guys.
The only extra I have is a DVD Re Writable drive and twoo hard drives.
I have a new power supply so no problem there. Card does not need separate power
Video card is seated ok. I do have another slot....not tried that yet (do you think that would cause the error effect).
What do you mean by Bad Vidieo Memory and RMA the card and how do I know if the Graphics card is 'overclocked'? and where would I find the recommended speed?

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#4
January 19, 2010 at 09:26:57
Please name your M/B, graphic card, RAM, etc. all of your hardware.

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SuatCINI


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#5
January 19, 2010 at 12:50:06
check supported frequency of monitor as well, you may be pushing monitor beyond what it is capable. as for bad memory on card this would result in no picture at all since the card has to go through the same process as the bios. which if one is bad the system just stops.

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#6
January 19, 2010 at 14:12:29
PaulPaul:

"Video card is seated ok. I do have another slot....not tried that yet (do you think that would cause the error effect)."

Sure, if the pins in the motherboard slot are bent/missing/loose.

"What do you mean by Bad Vidieo Memory and RMA the card and how do I know if the Graphics card is 'overclocked'? and where would I find the recommended speed?"

Bad video memory (VRAM) on the graphics card usually causes display corruption. Because Windows Aero uses VRAM in a different way than Windows Basic (and a lot more of it), Aero is far more likely to artifact/corrupt if any of your VRAM is bad.

RMA: Return Merchandise Authorization. You return the faulty card to the store or manufacturer in exchange for a new one.

Overclocking: Running the card's graphics processing unit (GPU) and VRAM at a higher speed (in MHz) than the chipset manufacturer (ATI or NVIDIA) recommends. Many video card makers overclock their cards at the factory to give customers a free speed boost. These cards usually work just fine; however weak chips may fail over time. The Nvidia control panel or ATI Catalyst Control Center will show you your current GPU/VRAM speeds. Compare this with ATI/NVIDIA's recommended speeds.


mysteriesof7:

"as for bad memory on card this would result in no picture at all since the card has to go through the same process as the bios. "

Nope, not at all. Usually, bad video memory starts off with display corruption (such as the checker board effect), and then dies completely after a month or two of continued use.

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#7
January 21, 2010 at 00:40:27
Ok I have an Intel DX58SO motherboard and Intel i7 CPU. I have 4GB of DDR3 Ram.

One of the other problems I get is every now and again the display driver stops and restarts...very annoying. As I have just downloaded the lastes BIOS for this board and lastest chipset would that not have set the speed for my graphics card correctly. Also installed latest driver for graphics card as well. What next?


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#8
January 22, 2010 at 01:47:17
Unless you give us full info about your hardware ( pls see my post # 4, also see post #1 ), we may not be of much help.

I had a similar problem, the one you mention in your post #7, " ATI radeon family display driver stopped responding and has successfully recovered ", in my ATI HD 5xxx series card.

If yours is the same, my solution ( In actual fact, the solution is not mine. I found it over the internet and applied it to my new machine and it worked ) may work for you as well.

Hope the above helps.

My machine: Asus P7P55D M/B; Intel i7 860 CPU; Sapphire Radeon HD5770; Kingston DDR3-1333 4x2 GB; LG Bluray RW; Sony DVD-RW; Antec 650 W PSU; WD 500 GB Black Caviar; Gigabyte iSOLO 210 case; Win 7 Home x64.

Regards

SuatCINI


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#9
January 23, 2010 at 08:00:19
Still driving me MAD MAD!!!
While using Windows 7 and the Aero display and with an NVIDIA GeForce 220 graphics card I keep getting an error. Display driver stops and restarts and I get a pulsating chequer board. It all seems to stop when i switch out of Arero theme and back to basic winows display...any idea it is driving me MAD!!!!

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