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Q: Recently, I have been having trouble when
opening 3D applications where upon opening the program and the program going to
fullscreen, it will show a blue error screen, then a memory dump and
finally be reset. The error code, when searched on Windows, did not come up with
anything precise but in part of the code, NVIDIA's name was mentioned. I have
unbranded NVIDIA Geforce 4 128mb - really cheap, so do you think that the
graphics card is faulty? I updated to the latest nvidia graphics driver and
directx driver yet still the problem occurs.
A: It is possible that the videocard is faulty,
though it's also possible
that the trouble lies elsewhere. The power supply could be a source
of trouble as the additional power draw of the videocard rendering 3D graphics could
cause instability. It seems like this would be a random issue
though. Since it happens every time you load a 3D app it's
probably videocard or driver related.
What I'd do is: Check your PC for
viruses and spyware first off, then use a non-3D burn-in application like Prime95 over the
course of a day to see if the other components of your system are stable.
If so, try some older versions of the nVidia drivers (you can track them down
with an Internet search tool). If that fails, try to beg or borrow an
alternate videocard for a day to see if you experience the same issues.
Also, think back to any software or driver installations you may have performed
around the time you started seeing the error.