November 11, 2012 11:45 PM Subscribe
Can you figure out this weird PC graphics glitch?
posted by ronofthedead to Computers & Internet (6 answers total)
My gaming laptop has developed a seriously messed up graphical glitch. It manifests in a couple of ways.
1. There are sometimes symmetrical blocks of lightly colored pixels scattered all around the screen. On a black background, they're green, and on white they're light red. It rarely makes watching streaming video kind of annoying, but nothing too serious.
2. The big one. Whenever I play almost any game with decent graphics, two things tend to happen: On some games, polygons don't fit together right, so you can often see right through the seems, especially on closeups like with faces. On almost EVERY game, character models, buildings, plants, everything in the environment sprout these enormous random graphical spikes that extend in all directions and make everything look like it comes from a planet of crazy cactus creatures.
I suspect that there's some kind of loose connection in there somewhere, but, this being a laptop, there's no simple way to get inside and check. It's a Gateway FX running Windows Vista with 4 GB of RAM and a 1 GB Nvidia 9800 GT video card. I know it's not the most high-end gaming laptop on the market, but for two years, it ran everything I threw at it like a champ. Now, those glitches show up in games I used to have no problems with and in any new games I try.
I'm fairly certain at this point that the lappy is going to be resigned to internet surfing, video watching and routine tasks. I'm seriously considering getting a console for my future gaming needs, but I thought I'd consult the hive mind before making a final decision.