Solved Graphics issue, and its cause


bobkn

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I've recently had an ever-increasing number of incidents where my graphics signal would quit. They happened more or less at random.

I played with drivers, and did a repair install of Win 11. Nothing made any difference.

I tried clearing the CMOS. On my mid/low end motherboard, that meant opening the case and shorting a couple of pins. (I wish they still provided a 2¢ jumper to do that, but the screwdriver/nailfile of my little Swiss Army Knife was adequate.)

For a lark, I checked the cabling. Turned out that one of the PCI-E auxiliary power connectors to the graphics card hadn't been pushed in far enough to lock, and it had worked itself loose over time. It was losing connection, intermittently. All seems to be well now.

Embarrassing, but I mention it in the off chance that it helps someone else.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 22621.898
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I9-13900K
    Motherboard
    Asus RoG Strix Z690-E
    Memory
    64GB G.Skill DDR5-6000
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 4090 OC
    Sound Card
    none (USB to speakers), Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic XG320U
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @ 144Hz
    Hard Drives
    WB Black SN850 1TB M.2 NVME SSD
    Samsung 970 Evo 4TB
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1300 GT
    Case
    Corsair 5000D AIrflow
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps
  • Operating System
    windows 11 22621.898
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 5950X
    Motherboard
    Asus Tuf Gaming X570-Plus
    Memory
    64GB DDR4 3800 (@ 3600)
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 3090 ti
    Sound Card
    built in Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PA329C
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160
    Hard Drives
    Sabrent 1 TB PCI-E 4.0 X4 NVME M.2
    8 TB Seagate Ironwolf
    4TB Seagate Ironwolf
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 850 G6
    Case
    Phanteks ENTHOO Pro M
    Cooling
    iCUE H115i RGB PRO XT Liquid CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)

Zardoc

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@bobkn ,

Had a similar issue. Took me more than 2 weeks to find a defective PCIe cable on my RTX 2070.

With computers, you never know it all. You keep discovering. :wink:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Enterprise
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7-12700K Processor 25M Cache, up to 5.00
    Motherboard
    Asus TUF Gaming Z690-PLUS WIFI D4
    Memory
    G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32gb (2x16gb) DDR4 3200mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus Dual Geforce Rtx™ 2070 Oc Edition 8gb Gddr6
    Monitor(s) Displays
    BenQ EW3270U 31.5” 3840x2160 UHD 16:9 HDR LED 4K LG 27UK850-W 27'' 4K UHD IPS LED Monitor with HDR10
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 Gen 4 NVMe® SSD 1TB
    Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 Gen 4 NVMe® SSD 250GB
    Samsung 970 Evo M.2 2280 2tb Pcie Gen3. X4
    Crucial MX500 2TB 3D NAND SATA Internal SSD
    PSU
    Corsair AXi Series AX860i Digital 860W 80 PLUS PSU
    Case
    Corsair 275R ATX Mid Tower Case
    Keyboard
    Logi MX Keys
    Mouse
    Logi M705
    Internet Speed
    400 mbs
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32
    Other Info
    Love fast boots

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