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GioG7 Mar 16, 2011, 08:59pm EDT Report Abuse
I have an 4870 x2. Recently when I open games after a few minutes I get a green checkered screen and my computer freezes causing it to reboot. Also when it reboots you can you either see a bunch of green dots all over the screen or striped made up of these dotes running down the screen. Is this my video card which completely crapped out?

Also if I do in fact need a new video card what do you guys recommend? Not a high end end card but something good, reliable and cheap where I can play most games out there with no problem. Nvidia and not ATI... this is my first ATI card and it's been a nightmare!

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G. G. Mar 16, 2011, 09:48pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Is my video card broken?
Your card is peetering out and yes you need to look at a new card....


There may be one last ditch to see if you can revive your card......

The method is called "Easy Bake your gpu"..... well.... not actually.. I made that up...

But.... yes, there is a possibility that you may be able to revive your video card by baking it.

Take a read at this thread -

Basically you preheat your oven to ~ 390F... strip your card down , lay the card with the gpu facing down on a baking sheet... the card rests on a few crumble aluminum balls... bake for 9~10mins... take out and let it completely cool down. reassemble with new thermal paste and new/reuse the thermal pad for memory... plug in and try it out.

If it doesnt work.... then get a new card. Since your card is toast... no harm in trying.


micro Mar 16, 2011, 11:58pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Is my video card broken?
First is your current card overclocked, or even stock overclock. You could try under clocking your card, though im sure its broken. I have heard/read of a more then average amount of problems with dual cpu video cards. (many run too hot with the stock coolers).

As G.G said, you can try the easy back method, what do you have to lose?

The minimum card that you should get is a fermi gtx 460. If you have a 1920x1080+ resolution, get at least 1gb memory, this card also has Dx11. This card is only $150 on newegg.

The older series of card starts at $150 ,and if you want a better card, then you can always pay more.

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Meats_Of_Evil Mar 17, 2011, 12:13am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Is my video card broken?
If you want to bake here is a more direct thread:

I tried it and yes it works. I fixed my dad's 8800 and paired it with mine to SLI them. It works fine so far, I've had very few crashes but I think that's the SLI.

BTW... don't you have a warranty on the card?

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GtoX (capt Guns) Mar 20, 2011, 11:00am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Is my video card broken?
hmm yea sounds like your video card is broken..

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mothow Mar 20, 2011, 01:38pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Is my video card broken?
Get a GTX570 or 580

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GioG7 Mar 21, 2011, 03:51pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Is my video card broken?
I did but the warranty doesn't cover it anymore. I going to try the "baking" method. Thanks for all the help though!

G. G. Mar 21, 2011, 08:57pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Is my video card broken?
GioG7 said:
............ I going to try the "baking" method.

Definately report back on the outcome from baking the card.... If it is successful, please give us the steps that you followed..


GioG7 Apr 03, 2011, 01:40am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Is my video card broken?
Ok, so... I baked the stripped card for about 10 min @ 390F. I put it all back together and went ahead and plugged it in. I am having a little problem though. Under my computer devices the video card is detected as "Other devices > PCI to PCI Bridge". I am guessing this can't be good since when I try to install the latest Catalyst drivers it never gives me the option to install a "display driver". Can any one explain to me what is going on please? Is my video card completely dead now?

Dublin_Gunner Apr 04, 2011, 04:33am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Is my video card broken?
Replied on your other thread.

Get a GTX570 or HD6970.

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