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  1. Graphics card problems

    Ah, k. I guess I dismissed overheating since it would fix its self for a while if I minimized then immediatly maximized, and since the problems could start very soon after starting a game. But, overheating does make since more than anything else :). Can the fan's (and heatsink?) be cleared up on a laptop without having to disassemble it, or will that just be a half-assed job? Thanks!
  2. Graphics card problems

    Hey everyone, I've had some problems with my graphics card, a GeForce Go 7900 GTX, rendering polygons out of wack in a bunch of games. Instead of trying to describe it, I'll just post some pictures. It started a while ago out of nowhere (as far as I can tell) and so far I've tried: -Reinstalling DirectX 9.0c -Updating drivers/trying different drivers (XTreme-G, Forceware, original CD included, and distributer updated)/clearing and reinstalling drivers...etc. -Lowering gfx settings But nothing seems to fix it. The games I've noticed the problems in are Neverwinter Nights 2, Call of Duty 2, Oblivion, and Portal (though those are the only games I've tried so I figure it's pretty universal). The problem comes in anywhere from a few seconds of starting a game to say half an hour in, seems pretty random. The only "fix" I've found is to minimize then re-open the game, which will fix the problem for a while before it comes back again. The polygon's generally go out "infinitely" (until they get covered up by some other object/terrain). Does anyone have any ideas? I'm _really_ hoping it's not a hardware issue, but I'm at a loss software-wise. Thanks for any help! In this one you can see the polygon coming down from the face in the game and in the portrait, plus the other one sticking out the back: And one more on the tail of the wolf:
  3. Hardware Help

    Thanks for the help everyone. I tried your suggestions, downloaded the lastest drivers (I got the "Omega" drivers), but I'm still having the same problem. Any other thoughs?
  4. Hardware Help

    Hey eveyone. Recently my computer, a Dell Inspiron 8100 with a Mobility Radeon 7500 card, WinXP Home (SP1, downloading SP2 now) started displaying the screen incorrectly. I can't really explain how it looks, so I took a screenshot: Anyways, about 2 weeks ago when it started, it only did it once or twice, and if I shutdown and restarted the computer, it would be back to normal. Now it happenes almost every time I start the computer. I can't update my video drivers anymore, as ATI makes you download drivers only from the supplier (Dell), and Dell stopped updating for the 8100 in about 2002. Any ideas on whether it is the monitor or video card (or something else), and what I can do to fix it? Thanks.