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The Slow Failure of a Video Card
Hey Tech Friends.
So my desktop rig, originally built in 2012, is starting to show its signs of aging. I recently had to replace the CPU cooler (was using the stock one) after a series of crashes, which seemed to fix things right up.
Enter the next failure: I suspect my video card is struggling (XFX Double D Radeon HD 7950 DirectX 11 FX-795A-TDJC 3GB). Two weeks ago the rig suffered a graphics-corruption-led crash during heavy gaming (playing Warframe), and multiple attempts to recover were required. In a weird twist of unconvincing troubleshooting, a system restore to a point several days before the crash completely fixed it. I remained suspect (there were no system changes, software or hardware, between the restore point and the crash), but everything's been fine until today.
This morning it crashed again (again while playing Warframe). When it crashed, it first briefly threw something like this on the monitor, same as the previous time:
Not my monitor or picture; the color is different, but the pattern is the same. After a second or less, the screen went black. However this time it didn't crash the entire system. I was able to alt-tab out of the game, and the desktop rendered fine. I force-closed the program, and now here I am, typing.
The thing that's most frustrating is that I can't seem to pin down exactly why
this crash is occurring. I suspected the GPU temps were getting out of hand, but a full burn-in with Furmark didn't cause anything. I played on the computer for almost fourteen hours straight yesterday, and didn't have a single problem. Then, after an hour and a half today, it crashes.
If anyone has any helpful troubleshooting ideas, I'll happily take them.