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Verical Dots All over the Screen

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I was playing World of Warcraft while i had a PC Froze. Restarted went back then again the same. Restarted and had vertical Dots all over the screen and Resolution locked at lowest + color at 4bit. Tried format and reinstall drivers. Nothing happened. Went to Control Panel and show a (!) at the Graphic Card section.(1.jpg) Opened the PC case removed Graphic Card, blow the pins to remove the dust and insert it back. PC was fine but after some minutes PC froze and problem returned.

Extra information:

- PC was 3 years and 4 months old (Never Changed Hardware)

- Had been for service 2 times. 1st For Failed cable of the DvD/CD Reader and 2nd for Proccesor cooling and dust removing that was the cause of High temperatures therefore restarts of the PC.

- PC Specs: Nvidia GeForce 9800GTX+ , 4GB RAM , Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83 2.67GHz

- 1.JPG is the (!) at the control panel on the Graphic Card

- 2.JPG is an Alt Print Screen of the Screen

- 3.JPG is 1 of the 4 metal parts that went of from the Graphic Card because glue failed probably of the heat?

What i would like to know from you:

- Can i do anything to fix My Graphic card? If it is the problem.
- Is there anything else i can try? Maybe something else causing it?
- If i need to buy a new Graphic Card can you give me some tips to make my PC last longer without problems.

Thanks in advance for all the help you have gave me and will give me.
Sorry for my English.

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Could be a driver or a heat issue, possibly both.
For the possible driver issue rigt click on the ! sign and update the driver.
For the heat issue consider fitting an after market vga cooler such as can be seen here http://www.newegg.co...olers&x=14&y=26
Download and run Riva tuner from here http://www.freewaref...programid=13538 this should allow you to improve the cards cooling performance.
Stress test your card by downloading and running Furmark from here http://www.ozone3d.net/benchmarks/fur/
And finally download and run Speedfan from here http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php post a screen shot of both before and after any usage, this will allow for your voltages and temps to be checked.
Other things to consider are, what is the brand and output capability of your PSU, how many case fans do you have and how free of dust is the inside of your case.
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