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GPU dying? Or ????

RainMaker

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So, I have made no changes to my system and now, suddenly, I can only get about ten minutes of game play (on a variety of games) then the game and/or system locks up. Sometimes I can 'Alt-Tab' to the desktop and sometimes not. If I can switch to another app it seems to run fine. Sometimes the screen of the game remains, but the controls do not respond, sometimes it just goes black and requires a one-finger re-start. It only does this during games...movies, 'net surfing, music, everything else runs perfectly. Any ideas? Any way to diagnose the GPU?

Many thanks in advance for your help.

~RainMaker
 

geokilla

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Check temperatures and drivers. What GPU do you have?

Are you getting a BSOD? Or does it just crash and everything feezes?
 

RainMaker

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Check temperatures and drivers. What GPU do you have?

Are you getting a BSOD? Or does it just crash and everything feezes?
BFG GeForce 9500 GT

Drivers are up to date. What is a good temperature range to run in?

No BSOD, sometimes a black screen and sometimes just a freeze...no pattern to which either.
 

RainMaker

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OS? Background apps that autoload? How old is the OS Install? Do you use Driver sweeper in between driver updates?
Vista Home Basic x64
Nothing exceptional I don't think, except Shaw secure (F-Secure)
Negative...what's a driver sweeper?

I will re-iterate, it was working fine until a few days ago. No lock-ups, excellent game play.
 

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