Black Screen - Range Out Of Sync Suddenly having troubles without changing anything
Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:14 AM
I'm new here, so hey to everyone. I'm having a problem with my desktop computer and I'm just not sure how to proceed from here.
For a couple of days now I had the problem that my monitor would suddenly go black while watching a video or playing a game and even though I still could hear sounds and everything, I couldn't access anything. After a forced restart it's working again for some time (read: a day or two with gaming, with watching videos...).
At first I thought Flash was the culprit as I had an update just a day before the trouble started. But after switching to an older Flash version I still had the problem today, but this time I had the message "Sync out of range" on my screen when it went black (that didn't happen before).
When this happened I was working on something in Photoshop and had a youtube playlist running in my browser. After restarting, the problem occurred once more when I got to the Windows logo (the progress bar was messed up and soon after the screen turned black and I had to restart again).
For now it's stable again, but I really need to find out what is causing this...
I'm not sure what informations are needed, so please tell me if I'm missing something.
OS: Win XP
Video Card: ATI Radeon x1650 series
Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster 757DFX
Changes recently made (before the problem started): Newest Flash update, nothing apart from that.
I don't have any spare parts (a friend is mailing me his old video card though, it should be here sometime next week) or another monitor I could try. :s
Thanks for reading and I hope you can help me out how to proceed from here to find a solution.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:11 PM
Posted 14 February 2013 - 03:32 PM
Right now I'm doing a windows update and after I'll uninstall everything ATI related and re-install the drivers. But when it's not fixed with that - could this even be a driver issue? - I am out ideas.
Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:01 AM
There are video card stress test programs though, just google "video card stress tests".
This post has been edited by ElfBane: 15 February 2013 - 01:04 AM
Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:58 AM
I did a stress test for artefacts and there was nothing wrong about it. The card went up to 105 degree Celsius without any troubles and no errors at all. I have seen video cards failing before and this just doesn't feel like it's the card. Betting my money on the driver (which I re-installed and now just have to wait it out -.-) or the monitor. I wish there was an easier way to find out what it is for sure instead of this elimination process.
Edit: Last time I had the issue while booting, I actually got an entry for the event viewer, but I'm none the wiser about what it means:
Event Type: Error
Event Source: ati2mtag
Event Category: SDTV
Event ID: 49170
MODE: GXO Execute BIOS Table Error
This post has been edited by Teilchen: 15 February 2013 - 10:01 AM