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1-09-2012 @ 2:13PM
Not related to the 64-bit client, but maybe someone can help me anyway.Whenever I launch WoW, my graphics driver crashes. I'll make it as far as the login screen, maybe even be fortunate enough to get in game and check mail, but then >BOOM< - it even does this when I'm using the map viewer for my comic.I've tried reinstalling the driver, I even tried a roll-back, I've scanned for viruses and malware and cleaned up the registry, but it still does this.I believe it's the graphics card itself finally crapping out on me - can anyone confirm? Or is this something that a full reformat and reinstall might fix? I don't have any money to spend on a new card, and I'm worried that it might just give out altogether and I won't be able to make the comic anymore.Suggestions?Thanks in advance, and sorry about the non-related topic.
1-09-2012 @ 2:24PM
If you have an NVidia card, install the most recent reference driver from nvidia.com instead of the manufacturer-specific driver that may have shipped with the board. Doing this solves many problems with NVidia cards.I've had trouble with ATI hardware and software in the past, so I haven't run an ATI card in years, but I do know you can get the drivers from http://www.atitech.ca or http://www.ati.com (I think the former is just a forward now).
1-09-2012 @ 2:34PM
Crack open your case, take a can of compressed air, and blow out the fan and heatsink while it's off.If it's not a faulty driver related problem as described above, or the card itself dying, it could be overheating.
1-09-2012 @ 3:33PM
There's probably a goblin in there somewhere. I'd go with Drakkenfyre's suggestion, then check the airflow around the outside of the case.I also second the suggestion to go to the manufacturer's website for drivers. For some reason, Windows Update would screw up my nVidia card every time. I have an ATI one now, and haven't seen any issues with it. *knocks wood*
1-09-2012 @ 9:52PM
Thanks, gang!I looked into the matter - cleaned the vents thoroughly, removed and re-seated the card, uninstalled the drivers AND chipset completely and installed the set from the manufacturer...and it still crashed; however, I put a desk fan set on high blowing directly on the card and it was fine, so yeah, there's some weird serious heat going on there. Stupid Dell piece of shiiiiiiiiii.....Well, at least I can play now. I just have to freeze my feet while I'm doing it! :-) Although I WILL say that an aux fan is most likely doable, and a hell of a lot cheaper than a new card...and definitely better-priced than a whole new computer! Sigh...wtb good-paying job.
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