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Weird GPU problem, cant understand if driver or hardware issue.

Hello community,

This can be a bit long, but it's to give enough information because the problem seems to be really weird.
I'm using my old but yet serving very well GTX 460 1gb.
I was using 320.49 driver and windows 7 64bit for very very long time( about 2 years).
Was no issues so far, games working very well.
Some weeks ago i faced an issue with game called Insurgency from Steam.
The issue:
After playing a while, screen flashes to black, GPU fans stop working, and after a second the GPU starts to work again but you can't go back to the game(it's working but you can't see it, while windows works fine). The only way to leave the game is to end it process. Obviously i checked the GPU temps during this game, and they were fine.
70C at most with fans working on 70% -+
I thought it's game bug since it still gets new updates.
I switched playing Dota 2 and it worked fine for weeks untill 3days ago i got the same issue(screen flash black) and i understood it wasn't first game bug.
Then i tried another games and it happened everywhere after 10mins of playing..
I did fresh reinstall to my drivers(deleted current ones and installed again), didn't help.
Installed different versions, didn't help.
I blamed my windows, 2 years no formating, probably time to format.
I also bought air comperessed bottles to clean dust, and yes i had some alot of dust in the GPU.
I formated my pc and thought the problem is gone.
Nope, the temps are much better now but games will still crash, even on 55C.
Note: Games work very well, no lagg problems, just crash.

I got information of the crash from system reliability of windows, and it's same error before formating and now aswell.
Here it is:

BCCode: 117
BCP1: FFFFFA800E1BB010
BCP2: FFFFF880049A2E30
BCP3: 0000000000000000
BCP4: 0000000000000000
OS Version: 6_1_7600
Service Pack: 0_0
Product: 256_1

Probably it's an actuall hardware problem, but what is weird that it works just fine.
I'm still hoping its some driver issue as it seems to be so.
Could be some GPU builtin driver issue?


Edit next day:
Ok looks like my GPU is dead.
When i boot up my pc it crashes on the windows loading ( the welcome screen), black screen flash, then BSOD and says quickly something with "display driver didnt respond in time"
It all looks like overheating problem but the monitoring programs show fine temps.
Could be that my sensors are bugged and the programs show false temperature?
It could also be that my thermal paste got dry and i need to place new paste?
Right now i am using my computer with internal graphics card ;/
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  1. See if you can recreate the problem using another GPU, or test this GPU in another PC and see if it crashes under load. It might the videocard, but it might be something else, so you need to deduct every possibility if you want to make sure.
  2. bootcher said:
    See if you can recreate the problem using another GPU, or test this GPU in another PC and see if it crashes under load. It might the videocard, but it might be something else, so you need to deduct every possibility if you want to make sure.



    Ok looks like my GPU is dead.
    When i boot up my pc it crashes on the windows loading ( the welcome screen), black screen flash, then BSOD and says quickly something with "display driver didnt respond in time"
    It all looks like overheating problem but the monitoring programs show fine temps.
    Could be that my sensors are bugged and the programs show false temperature?
    It could also be that my thermal paste got dry and i need to place new paste?
    Right now i am using my computer with internal graphics card ;/
  3. It could be anything, but in general if the GPU is the problem it might be best just to take it as a loss and replace it. You don't mention how old the GPU is exactly but the GTX 460 was introduced in 2010. Seeing it is a bit old it might be just broken.
  4. bootcher said:
    It could be anything, but in general if the GPU is the problem it might be best just to take it as a loss and replace it. You don't mention how old the GPU is exactly but the GTX 460 was introduced in 2010. Seeing it is a bit old it might be just broken.


    I have it for like 4 years, from 2011.
    arent those cards supposed to handle atleast 5-6 years? ;/
    Anyway i will try the thermal paste tomorrow and if doesn't work, i guees RIP ;x
  5. Best answer
    It can vary, I had cards die in 2 years, others keep still work after 5 years of usage....It is a matter of luck really if it is of decent quality and you are not abusing them too much.
  6. bootcher said:
    It can vary, I had cards die in 2 years, others keep still work after 5 years of usage....It is a matter of luck really if it is of decent quality and you are not abusing them too much.


    Thx
    Anyway i fixed my 460, don't know for how long but it works.
    I baked it in oven.
    (i am fully serious)
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