8600M GT, artifacts, crashing, overheating, freezing... could this be the end?

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  1. JTF2

    JTF2 Notebook Consultant

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    I've had this Asus F8 since Feb 7 2008 (almost 2 years), according to my receipt. I'm running Windows Vista 32 bit, and just yesterday updated my drivers to the latest, 195.62 from Nvidia's website.

    About a month ago I noticed Counter Strike: Source would crash after an hour or so of gaming, which prompted me to clean out dust from my one exhaust vent for the first time, and this solved that problem. The Steam holiday sale prompted me to buy World In Conflict, and I decided in preparation that I would undervolt my CPU for the first time (currently running stable on most higher multipliers, lower multipliers untouched, I haven't finished yet).

    WiC recommends medium settings, which runs fine save for a few fps slowdowns during intense battles, and the odd delayed audio during in game cut scenes. The problem is during intense moments, problems (like missing textures) and artifacts will start to appear, just a few at first, then it will spiral out of control, causing me to either close the program, and restart or simply crashing my computer.

    I opened up HWMonitor (the program found in the undervolting guide) and my GPU only reached a maximum of 75 degrees Celsius (I thought this would have been safe enough?). I figured out I can keep playing if I alt tab out of WiC as soon as I see the first sign of trouble, then let my GPU cool down to 65 degrees or less. Not ideal, but it works. Counter Strike Source still runs fine though.

    This error also appears with the artifacts (not every time though)
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    If anyone has any advice, I would love to hear it. My laptop sits on my desk when I game, kept free of clutter. I've tried lowering the graphics down to "Low" but it hasn't seemed to help. The most recent artifact was a snowing effect on the screen, which lasted even after I closed the program, forcing me to restart my laptop. I would have thought 75 degrees C would be a reasonable temperature. My 2 year warranty is up in less than a month, so I'm hoping I really don't get bent over. Thanks in advance, I know this was a long post.

    EDIT: RMA'd. Will keep posted. Here's the post with the RMA and some pics.
     
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    masterchef341 The guy from The Notebook

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    oh yeah. dying for sure.

    eventually you will get crashes from just the desktop, and then *bam* dead.

    changing the graphics settings isn't going to change the temperature or how hard your graphics card is working. 75C is a reasonable temperature, but the 8600m gt is a ticking time bomb.

    call asus and ask for them to repair it.
     
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    I had the exact same problem, black screen freez folowed by that message, also rainbow sparks, and so on. I bought a laptopcooler and my problems during cod4 disapeared. It's definitly the heat, my card went trough 92 celcius temperatures during the summer but now it can hardly cope with 75 celcius.

    So, get a good laptopcooler (cryo, zalman) and try again. I bought a bad logitech cooler with 1 fan and still solved the problem, although i'm not sure it wll be sufficient for the next summer. If your laptop dies you can still use the cooler for your next laptop (the current hp envy, the dell xps 13/16, and the asus g5* g6* g7* series all tend to become really hot because of the hot gaming hardware).
     
  4. JTF2

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    Have other people had luck calling Asus and having them repair it? Is it as easy as just giving them a ring and telling them I'm starting to see artifacts and my GPU is dieing?

    So you're still using that same laptop with a cooler? How long have you had your laptop? And can you recommend a good model for a cooler?
     
  5. henxu

    henxu Notebook Enthusiast

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    I've got the same message when I'm playing Heroes of Newerth.
    Even with my cooler on, it gives me the same crash. The game freezes for about 10 seconds, then it gets blank screen and back to Windows desktop saying that the driver crashed.
    Nowadays, my card died, it doesn't show anything on the display so I think about swapping the 8600m gt for a hd3650.

    PD: And yes, my laptop almost has 3 years. I'm using A.C. Ryan Hush-Rush cooler.
     
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    If the warranty is up in less than a month then just constantly run a GPU stress test until if fully dies, honestly, just leave a stress test on the GPU for a couple days 24 hours a day, then when it's fully failed they'll have to repair it.
     
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    Might be dying but not dead yet....
     
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    when you send in it make photos of artifacts with your camera and give them the photos too
     
  10. JTF2

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    This is another thing that happens to me. I can't replace my GPU though....

    I hope this doesn't happen. I'm going to call them tomorrow once I get my camera back.

    Lol, I've thought of this, but I'd rather not resort to it.... What's a good program to do this?

    I'm definitely going to do this. I don't have a camera until tomorrow though.

    I will try to update this thread, to let people know what's going on. Also, hopefully anyone else with an 8xxxM from Asus can benefit from it.

    EDIT: Do you guys think I should remove RM Clock before sending it in, seeing as they might say something about me messing with the voltages, etc, even though I've done everything properly?
     
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