Hey, thanks for reading.
OS: Windows Vista 64-bit
CPU: Intel Core i7 920
Mobo: EVGA X58 SLI
Memory: 12GB (6x2) OCZ
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB
Video Card: EVGA GTX 295
PSU: Corsair TX750W
Display: DVI Adapter to VGA Cable
- #1: Monitor remains on but goes black (video feed is lost). Tower continues to run. Audio continues to run from the speakers. Requires full power button hold to turn off.
- #1.a: Sometimes upon hard reboot after #1, Vista logo appears, disappears as usual to black screen, but monitor loses signal for 3-5 seconds, signal returns, and I'm greeted by user select.
1. Often this occurs almost whenever I start a game, at the first second. More recently it happens mid-gameplay.
2. It'll also happen for a few seconds (#1.a) on boot.
How It Started:
About a year ago, every now and my video feed would drop out while gaming, and my monitor would go black. It happened rarely enough; I ignored it. But a month ago it started happening too much, and about a week later my system failed to start. It would POST, but after the Windows logo, the screen would go black, the monitor would lose the feed and never turn on. I booted into safe-mode to try a few things. But soon enough after, I couldn't even reach safe-mode. Wiped clean and did a fresh install, but mid-game it's still happening, so here I am!
What I've Tried:
System Restore: No change
Last Known Good Configuration: No change
Re-seating video card: No change
Safe-mode for further diagnoses: No change (After a few boots, black screen with cursor.)
Swapping in old 8800GT: No change
Update Video Drivers: No change
Fresh Windows Install: No change (would finally boot again, root problem remains)
Reconnecting Cables & Adapter: No change
Improved cooling and monitored temps: No Change (temps normal)
What I'm About To Try:
Video Card Stress Test?:
Should I host a funeral for my motherboard?
I appreciate any and all input that I might receive. Let me know if you want any diag logs. Will post additional test results ASAP. Thank you for your time!