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HELP! black screen/refresh/drawing problem

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first post. o_O

-Screen goes black for a fraction of a second on windows then comes back with drawing problems (ie:windows displayed incorrectly, deformed text) when i'm on desktop browsing through web..etc..
-Screen goes black on 3d games (warcraft III frozen throne) and hangs (rare)
-Light effects on 3d games go psychedelic (light intensity varies quickly in time where it should be constant...flickers? - i lack vocabulary -_-)
-Sometimes the game freezes for a few seconds then comes back with the light effects changed( sometimes they get ok, sometimes they continue to be bugged and flickering, but different)


Microsoft Windows XP Professional
5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Compilação 2600
Fabricante do SO Microsoft Corporation

Processor x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 1 AuthenticAMD ~1466 Mhz -athlon 1700+

BIOS: Award Software, Inc. ASUS A7V8X-X ACPI BIOS Revision
1013, 02-09-2004
Versão SMBIOS 2.3
Directório do Windows C:\WINDOWS
Directório do sistema C:\WINDOWS\system32
Dispositivo de arranque \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Localização Portugal
Camada de abstracção de hardware (HAL) Versão = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"

RAM 512,00 MB RAM DDR 266

graphics card: ge-force 4 mx 440 -64mb

-flash bios to the latest version

-run memtest on ram for hours(0 errors)

-defrag hard drives

-reinstall gef4-mx 440 drivers from the original CD

-install the latest drivers from the graphic card manufacturer

-all directx diagnose tests are ok

-the CPU and mobo were a bit too hot recently(once i saw cpu w 70ºC!!!!)
but now that i put a fan near the open box, temperatures dont go above 50ºCPU-35º mobo even under load, so its probably placed correctly.

-Tried to disable hardware acceleration, but it doesnt solve the problem, and if i disable it completely i cant play 3d games.

-Used system restore to a month ago when i didnt have the problem, didnt work.

-used system restore again to get back to my new bugged configuration)

-changed the refresh rate, to min 60hz, to mid configs, and to max-100hz (bugs more frequent on this one, apparently)


something weird:
On another game , as far as i know not a 3d one(fallout tactics), it all works fine, no black screens, no hangs...nothing wrong for hours...

Is this a hardware problem?
Im really confused...

Edited by x_ChaOs_x, 17 July 2005 - 03:14 PM.

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Please don't double post.

Will someone lock this topic please?
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