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#1pegusus123456Posted 3/4/2014 3:22:12 AM
Not sure to use this board or the tech support board. This one's much larger, so I figure I'll have a better chance here.

Was gifted this refurbished PC a few days ago with Windows 8 installed: http://goo.gl/bUHCwH

Initially it seemed fine, a far improvement over my previous one, but I received the title error when playing Blood Dragon. Blood Dragon would go non-responsive, forcing me to end it in the task manager and I'd be forced to restart my computer before I could get it (or anything else) to work again. This wasn't a huge deal, but it was really annoying so I decided to try fixing it.

I've attempted to update the drivers, I've uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers, I've updated the BIOS, and I've changed the power settings around.

I would update DirectX, but I'm unsure which version of DirectX I actually have. Dxdiag will say Version 11 even when it's 11.1 (which Windows 8 is meant to have). I would also update the Windows service pack, but it seems to just be 8.1. I've no idea what this is meant to do, so I've avoided doing so.

Since trying to fix it, the problem has gotten worse. I'm unsure if my bungling attempts to correct the problem have made it worse of if it's just gotten worse over time. I'm completely unable to start Minecraft, for instance. I'll simply get to the menu, get the error, and it'll go nonresponsive. And even more recently, I've been getting the error with just Firefox open. Crashed my browser just before I made this topic. Any help would be greatly appreciated, even if it is just to tell me I've ****ed up severely.
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#2JavelinPosted 3/4/2014 3:23:16 AM
Your video card is dying.
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#3pegusus123456(Topic Creator)Posted 3/4/2014 3:30:35 AM
Javelin posted...
Your video card is dying.

I've never really had a refurbished PC before. Would this be usual?
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#4wizardmonPosted 3/4/2014 3:41:08 AM
... You don't even have a graphics card, it's not dieing if it doesn't exist.
Did you update your APU drivers directly from AMD? Don't use the HP site for those drivers (Or I shudder to think of actually sticking a driver disk into your PC instead of going directly to the manufacturers website.).

http://support.amd.com/en-us/download

Select: APU, Desktop series, A-series, and your OS, and 32 or 64bit depending on what you have installed.
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#5Lonestar2000Posted 3/4/2014 3:44:55 AM
Might be time for a Windows reinstall. Or the game is overwhelming your craptacular GPU.
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#6pegusus123456(Topic Creator)Posted 3/4/2014 3:46:04 AM
wizardmon posted...
... You don't even have a graphics card, it's not dieing if it doesn't exist.

Well, I took it to mean the part that functions as a graphics card in any case.

wizardmon posted...
Did you update your APU drivers directly from AMD? Don't use the HP site for those drivers

Tried both. I'm on the driver from the HP site atm, so I suppose I could switch back. At the very least, the error didn't happen when I was browsing Firefox of all things when I was using the Catalyst app.
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#7pegusus123456(Topic Creator)Posted 3/4/2014 3:50:33 AM
Lonestar2000 posted...
Might be time for a Windows reinstall. Or the game is overwhelming your craptacular GPU.

Like I said, this is pretty new albeit refurbished. I set up Windows when it came and I don't think I ****ed anything up there.

I'd go with the idea of the game being too demanding, but this isn't just happening with super-demanding games. The first night I had it, I was able to play Borderlands without issue. Minecraft ran without any trouble. Even Blood Dragon worked for quite a while before I began to get this issue. And like I said, now I'm getting it on Firefox (more specifically, Youtube videos seem to be causing it).
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#8pegusus123456(Topic Creator)Posted 3/4/2014 4:21:36 AM
Swapped over to the AMD site's drivers (near as I can tell anyway; the installation is weird) and restarted. Problem persists.
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#9TimePharaohPosted 3/4/2014 4:24:52 AM
pegusus123456 posted...
AMD


Found your problem
#10godplaysSNESPosted 3/4/2014 4:37:30 AM
Have you monitored the temps?

Given that you've tried different drivers, it does sound like the problem lies with the GPU itself.
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