Giant squares during gaming

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  1. Nightmist

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    I bought a new widescreen monitor and a new computer and whenever I play either counterstrike or oblivion I get these giant squares or pixel like things that show up. It usually happens in darker areas or when I press tab to look at my score on counterstrike. Does anybody know what this is? Sorry if the description is vague, but it is kind of hard to explain what happens.
     
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    I would say bad video memory, but it could also be that the game doesn't like rendering at that resolution.
     
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    Update video drivers?
     
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    A screenshot would be most helpful.
     
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    Very general suggestion (as above, give a screenshot):

    Adjust the video refresh rate within the game. Possibly, try different resolution/framerate combinations. Report back.

    If you find in the above that lower resolution/framerates are stable, it's heat. Would need more info to make cooling suggestions.
     
  6. Nightmist

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    Here is a screenshot. It seems to get worse the longer I play. It get alot worse then this too.

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  7. deusexaethera

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    Looks like your video RAM is overheating and generating artifacts.
     
  8. Nightmist

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    Is there a way to fix that?
     
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    well if it's heat, you can increase airflow.... But it could simply be bad VRAM, and the only solution is to replace the card.
     
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    Test the hypothesis: Open the left side of the case. Blow a table fan at it from 3-4 feet away.

    If the artifacts dissappear, we know it's heat and can try to cool the case better.

    If it doesn't dissappear, the card has a physical defect. Replace it.
     
  11. deusexaethera

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    There's a remote possibility that a dirty contact on the edge of the video card is causing the problem. Take the card out and dust the edge with a Swiffer cloth, then plug it in and see if it still generates artifacts.
     
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    do *NOT* use a swiffer cloth. Static electricity is BAAAAAAD
     
  13. deusexaethera

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    The static electrical charge held by Swiffer cloths is inherent in the fibers' molecular structure. It won't discharge. DNA is the same way -- it has a static negative electrical charge that allows it to wrap around proteins with static positive charges so it can take up less space, yet when they come in contact they don't exchange any electrons. Doing this is perfectly safe so long as he doesn't dust his piano or his armoire first.
     
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    I will say again, do NOT use a swiffer cloth.
     
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    Jolly's right. Swiffer's not good.

    I use microfiber, the very fine ones made for eyeglasses.
     
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    (walks away from the pissing contest)

    All I'm gonna say is I've never had a problem.
     
  17. Nightmist

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    Thanks for all the replies. :bigthumb:
     

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