Dell’s firmware diagnostics only do rudimentary 2D VGA tests. Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site. It also sits on a running external laptop fan. Selden, any idea what are acceptable temperatures, and what are not? The two remaining problems the occasional flashing streaks of light in the background – and the strange gridwork of spiked, star-shaped, black, flashing artifacts in the textures of objects still occur. Windows 7 Ultimate bit SP1 Celestia: A reboot clears the problem for, say, a few days!

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Any help on getting this back would be great. Mmobility just bought a new acer link and proceeded to install windows 7 bit straight ahead.

I can’t see why it’s not making new dumps, but I’ll do some checking. I don’t have a good feel for that. Last edited by jeffmack on Since then it’s been rock solid.

Apparently there are dell in some of their factory system images. Well, it was obvious that the GPU was the culprit. Thank You to those of you who provided repair advice. Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation.


I don’t know how Catalyst handles them. Selden, any idea what are acceptable temperatures, and what are not? Ddll seems to have the right settings at first glance. Just reporting back, in case it helps someone else. I’m going to download and install SpeedFan soon. Go to original post. It’s located in a dust-free and smoke-free environment, with an ambient temperature of degrees Farenheit.

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A friend suggested a video card driver upgrade, which did in fact resolve that problem. I have an application which can monitor temperatures and fan speeds PC Wizard. This choppiness comes back periodically and I could not observe any correlation between the usage of the Video Card – Stress Test with Furmark. I just wanted to confirm it.

In the Device Mgr I expanded the Display Adapter and right clicked on the ATI Mobility Radeon HD and Uninstalled the device the earlier rapr error msg said that the device may still be being used to make sure that it was not being used, then I used RAPR again as Administrator and hv able to successfully remove the problem driver.

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Also, when this checkbox is unchecked, why don’t the Catalyst anti-aliasing settings do the job? When I looked in Windows, all I could see was a memory. I ran DM Log Collector several times before anything appeared on the desktop. The problem is caused by your graphics driver. You can not post a blank message. Sorry this didn’t help.

tai Also, on one occasion, I once again saw some flickering colored bands in the background rwdeon original problem before updating the drivers! I’m afraid I can’t remember where or how I manually downloaded it, but I’m sure it came from the AMD site and is correctly signed.

Reinstalling after cleaning puts me back in the loop. Just how hot they get depends on the chipset, the design of the associated heatsink hardware, and how well the thermal coupling compound was applied. Many people add external ventilation systems to help the airflow.