Is my Graphics card dying on me?

danakm

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My mid-2009 MBP has a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256 MB and after all the horror stories I've heard, I just don't trust NVIDIA anymore, so I have to ask...

I've started seeing this happen:

EDIT: Link in case that doesn't show (it shows for me *shrug*)

Not all the time, but definitely with some frequency, so: Do I need to start freaking out about my graphics card dying on me?
 
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Cache, maybe? It works for me :confused: Added a link, anyway :(
Still page not found.
Just use the ATTACHMENT button (
), as shown in the guide I linked to.

For images wider than 800 pixel, please use the TIMG tags instead of the IMG tags by just adding a T in front of the [IMG] and closing [/IMG] tag, like [img] and [/img] to prevent horizontal scrolling.
You can use the
to edit your images and add the Ts.

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i can see the pic ... ;)

this looks scary ... i have a mid 2009 too :eek:
Strange. I try another browser then.

Okay, could see it in Firefox 11.

As the screenshot catches the artifacts, it is not the hardware, but a software problem (drivers, corrupted kext, ...).
Does it stay even after restarting the Mac?
 

danakm

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As the screenshot catches the artifacts, it is not the hardware, but a software problem (drivers, corrupted kext, ...).
Does it stay even after restarting the Mac?
It stayed after a restart only once (when I took that screenshot) that I noticed, so far.

Two other times it happened when Lion (I hadn't upgraded then) tried to restore a Chrome window. Not exactly the same but in the same general area :confused:

And just now it happened when the computer went to screen saver...
 

iBookG4user

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If the original photo was a screenshot, then it shouldn't be a hardware problem. Try creating a new user account and use that for a bit to see if the glitch shows up.
 

danakm

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If the original photo was a screenshot, then it shouldn't be a hardware problem. Try creating a new user account and use that for a bit to see if the glitch shows up.
I agree that it's not a hardware problem. that first screenshot appears to affect only images and not random areas.
Well, I certainly hope you guys are right because I plan on juicing this computer for at least another year, so yeah. Graphics card issues are scarily expensive when out of warranty :(

I'll try the new user :)