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    Overheating GPU?

    I feel ashamed for needing help so often... I'm so sorry for spamming this forum with my problems.

    I am currently playing Mass Effect (as some who know me may already know) and think I may have run into some issues with the GPU last night. I was playing normally when I started noticing very thin, almost unnoticeable short while lines randomly appearing and vanishing on the screen. At first I thought it was water dripping from the roof of the cave and was part of the in-game environment but then I realised it was happening indoors as well.

    It only seems to happen when Shepard is running. If I just stand around and do nothing or do other things like access my stats and journals everything is fine. Last night was the first time it happened and I've been playing for two or three hours every night for the past five days so it freaked me out.

    I am worried that the GPU may be overheating. The side vents on the right of my laptop do emit really hot air flow while I'm playing and the laptop's internal fan sounds like a aeroplane taking off (only while the game is running, sounds fine during normal use). I don't quite understand why this might be as the computer is always in an air-conditioned room and is kept on a wooden desk. More often than not, I use an external cooling fan or keep it elevated with a book to allow circulation.

    I've installed SpeedFan to monitor temperatures and got this:
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    This is while idling. I'll update this post with a reading on while Mass Effect is running later tonight.

    I use an ATI Radeon HD 6470M though I also have an Intel GPU (I switch between the two depending on my needs). It's obviously the ATI card I'm worried about. I've tried updating drivers but it won't even recognise my system. Granted, it only happened that one time and I may be overreacting but... what do you think?
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    Re: Overheating GPU?

    Kasumi with another problem.... You have to many problem....

    Sorry... I can't help you on that cuz I don't play to many game on my laptop.....
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    Re: Overheating GPU?

    What OS are you using and have you installed any new programs in the past few days?
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    Re: Overheating GPU?

    @Slayn312 I'm so sorry...

    I use Windows 7 64-bit and 4GB RAM if that helps. As for new programs, I installed Fraps but uninstalled it the same day.
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    Re: Overheating GPU?

    Last edited by Second_Flight; October 8th, 2012 at 08:59 AM.
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    Re: Overheating GPU?

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    Re: Overheating GPU?

    I take it this might be something what it looks like.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fextN4faAd0
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    Re: Overheating GPU?

    In my case, sign of GPU overheating is lag in anything, including drag and drop in windows explorer. I think your case isn't overheating, the noise also normal, it means the fan works. but probably dust is clogging the fan, so the temperature is a bit high. make sure you didn't place your laptop in a dusty area, because if your laptop overheat too much, then the battery and DVD drive will be affected, like mine.. T.T
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    Re: Overheating GPU?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ren Nanase View Post
    I take it this might be something what it looks like.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fextN4faAd0
    Thanks for the video! Actually, yes, that's pretty much what I'm getting. The only difference is that my lines are vertical and they only appear when the player character is running in the game. Other parts of the game and even on normal times like now, I don't see anything. One of the commenters mentioned plugging his power supply straight into the wall instead of from a multi-plug (which is what I have now). I'll try doing that and see what happens.

    @Second_Flight Well, it looks like my laptop meets all the recommended requirements except for the processor which still exceeds the minimum requirements anyway. Besides, my friend has an older laptop than mine and she can run stuff fine.

    @thecoins Hm, I'm not experiencing any lag that's above the expected rate. You may be right. Unfortunately dust may be a problem. The... heat sink? Is that what you call it? I think that and the fan should be checked out. My entire room is rather dusty in general because my dad always insists I keep my door open and that lets a lot of dust in. The thing is I lack the expertise and confidence to open her up and clean it myself. D:
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    Re: Overheating GPU?

    @Kasumi better not open it yourself... you could make it worse. And yes, it's called heatsink. my laptop's battery has broken because overheating...
    95 degree celcius when playing games and I tend to ignore it... now I must turn extra fan on to maintain the temperature in the safe zone, although it's still hot. probably I'll bring it to service center some other time...
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