Question SOLVED: Possible ESD

NuKe G0D

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Right so earlier this year I managed to build my first system. It has been running fine and its worked despite the lack of graphical performance. A few days ago I was bored and decided to clean the system since I don't clean it often but I had no cans of air. I took off the side panel, went at the fan blades with a cleaning wipe, and used a hair dryer to blow dust out. I figured it'd be fine but like a day later I'm playing Forza Horizon 4 and artifacts appear. I dismiss it as a minor bug and continue playing. It gets worse. There is coloured dots that look like glitter with a bloom effect and white pixels devouring my display. I close the game and the system runs fine with no artifacting. Maybe its just forza I thought. A while later it had gotten even worse. Now the screen flickers in game alongside the artifacts, the menu in forza has horrendous groups of black pixels. I thought I probably had Afterburner running one of my OC profiles so I opened it and to my surprise it was running at base clock. I tried underclocking it and overclocking it and nothing helped. I ran Kombuster and there were many artifacts. I troubleshooted drivers and all of the software problems it could be and nothing solved the issue. I swapped pci slots from a gen 3 slot to the gen 2 slot and there was still artifacting. I swapped displays, same thing, so it must be the GPU. I got it brand new a few months ago so it shouldn't have randomly broken and then my friend informed me that hair dryers create static build up. Is it possible I have damaged my GPU with static discharge while I was cleaning it, and is there anything else I could try before I lay my graphics card to rest. With the current situation with graphic cards It'll be a struggle to find a new graphics card that isn't out of stock or massively overpriced. I already payed twice MSRP for this card! I'll do anything to save it! The issue is mainly present in forza but also with general use of the system eg discord emote menu and server lists, in ETS2, OMSI 2, and slightly in some youtube videos too, although it is very minimal.

Update: After running an OCCT VRAM test I have came to the conclusion that the memory chip on my video card is experiencing hardware failure and the most I can do to solve the issue is to buy a new card. It would be possible to replace the chip but would take a lot of work and experience, or money.

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Ryzen 5 3600 (4.2ghz oc)
ASUS GT1030 2g
2x8gb Corsair Vengeance RGB 4200mhz XMP RAM
MSI B450 Carbon Pro Max
 
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Right so earlier this year I managed to build my first system. It has been running fine and its worked despite the lack of graphical performance. A few days ago I was bored and decided to clean the system since I don't clean it often but I had no cans of air. I took off the side panel, went at the fan blades with a cleaning wipe, and used a hair dryer to blow dust out. I figured it'd be fine but like a day later I'm playing Forza Horizon 4 and artifacts appear. I dismiss it as a minor bug and continue playing. It gets worse. There is coloured dots that look like glitter with a bloom effect and white pixels devouring my display. I close the game and the system runs fine with no artifacting. Maybe its just forza I thought. A while later it had gotten even worse. Now the screen flickers in game alongside the artifacts, the menu in forza has horrendous groups of black pixels. I thought I probably had Afterburner running one of my OC profiles so I opened it and to my surprise it was running at base clock. I tried underclocking it and overclocking it and nothing helped. I ran Kombuster and there were many artifacts. I troubleshooted drivers and all of the software problems it could be and nothing solved the issue. I swapped pci slots from a gen 3 slot to the gen 2 slot and there was still artifacting. I swapped displays, same thing, so it must be the GPU. I got it brand new a few months ago so it shouldn't have randomly broken and then my friend informed me that hair dryers create static build up. Is it possible I have damaged my GPU with static discharge while I was cleaning it, and is there anything else I could try before I lay my graphics card to rest. With the current situation with graphic cards It'll be a struggle to find a new graphics card that isn't out of stock or massively overpriced. I already payed twice MSRP for this card! I'll do anything to save it! The issue is mainly present in forza but also with general use of the system eg discord emote menu and server lists, in ETS2, OMSI 2, and slightly in some youtube videos too, although it is very minimal.

View: https://imgur.com/O2yrAO2

View: https://imgur.com/2rupsmI

View: https://imgur.com/Ac2OJHg


Ryzen 5 3600 (4.2ghz oc)
ASUS GT1030 2g
2x8gb Corsair Vengeance RGB 4200mhz XMP RAM
MSI B450 Carbon Pro Max
I'll assume you did not touch any of the innards with the hair dryer nozzle.
Reseat all plugs.
Verify all fans spin.
Verify the cpu cooler is still attached proper.
 

NuKe G0D

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Download the latest drivers for your GPU place them on your desktop get
Display Driver Uninstaller from here
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/
remove everything after restarting it will probably be 640x480 not great install your AMD/NVIDIA drivers and hopefully should fix your problem
This didn't seem to work 😔
I'll assume you did not touch any of the innards with the hair dryer nozzle.
Reseat all plugs.
Verify all fans spin.
Verify the cpu cooler is still attached proper.
I just disconnected all of the plugs and reconnected them same with RAM and nothing solved it. I went quite close to the heatsync and stuff with the hair dryer but the nozzle is plastic. All fans spin the system runs theres just many artifacts and stuff. I'd assume its the memory because forza uses the full 2gb of dedicated memory and thats where I get the most problems. When the system is running with not much gpu memory in use there aren't a lot of problems. It is all really confusing me 😅.
 

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