How to Tell if Graphic Card is Dying?

Are you getting strange graphics glitches in games? Is your computer randomly freezing when doing processor-intensive tasks such as streaming video or playing online games? If this sounds familiar, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, the graphics card is a common component that often fails and they often fail without much warning. With this blog I will try to explain some of the signs of failing graphics cards and the steps I personally take to diagnose the problem when I have a customer that’s having graphics card issues.

Then I will talk about the steps you can take to get your graphics card back to normal.

Before we get started, I want to mention that you can find all the information in this blog on my Graphics Card Diagnosis page.

Signs of a failing graphics card

Graphics card problems are often not immediately obvious, but they can be very obvious once they start. Here are some of the most common signs of a failing graphics card:

1. Slow or sluggish performance

If your computer starts to become slower than it was before, you may be having graphics card issues. Your computer should perform graphics-intensive tasks like playing online games or streaming videos at the same speed it was before. If it becomes slower, it could be that your graphics card is having issues.

2. High CPU utilization

If your computer is running at 100% CPU utilization, it’s likely that you have graphics card issues. If you have a quad-core processor, your computer will be using all four cores at 100% utilization.

3. Slow performance when streaming video

If you are experiencing slow performance when streaming video, you may be having graphics card issues. Streaming video is a processor-intensive task, and your graphics card will need to be working at full speed to perform this task. If you have a quad-core processor, your computer will be using all four cores to stream video.Besides streaming video, you may experience slow performance when playing online games, playing DVD’s, or playing any other processor-intensive task. 

4. Graphics glitches

If you are having graphics glitches in games, you may have graphics card issues. These glitches are usually the result of your graphics card not being able to render frames fast enough to keep up with the game. If your graphics card is having issues, it may be unable to render the frames at the same speed as your CPU, which can cause the glitches.

5. Freezing or crashing

If your computer starts to randomly freeze or crash, you may have graphics card issues. These issues can be caused by your graphics card overheating or failing. You may also have issues with your power supply or motherboard.

How to diagnose graphics card issues

Diagnosing graphics card issues can be difficult, and you may need to be able to diagnose the issue from your computer. If you don’t have a computer to diagnose from, you can still diagnose the problem by performing the following steps:

1. Check your graphics card

The first thing you should do is to check your graphics card. You can do this by unplugging the graphics card from your computer, and plugging it into a different computer. If your graphics card has a built-in monitor, you can check it by connecting the monitor to the graphics card and checking the monitor to see if it is working.

2. Check the graphics card driver

If your graphics card is not working properly, you may have to update the driver for your graphics card. To update the driver, you will need to download the driver from the manufacturer’s website. This will usually be located in the driver section of the manufacturer’s website.

3. Check your motherboard

If you are having graphics card issues and your motherboard is not the problem, you will need to check the motherboard. If your motherboard is not the problem, you may need to check your power supply or CPU. If your motherboard is not the problem, it is likely that your graphics card is the problem.

4. Check your power supply

If you are having graphics card issues and your power supply is not the problem, you will need to check the power supply. If your power supply is not the problem, it is likely that your graphics card is the problem.

5. Check your CPU

If you are having graphics card issues and your CPU is not the problem, you will need to check the CPU. If your CPU is not the problem, it is likely that your motherboard is the problem.

Formerly, the CPU was responsible for graphics processing, but today’s CPUs are capable of rendering graphics on their own. If your CPU is not the problem, it is likely that your motherboard is the problem.

6. Check your power supply

If you are having graphics card issues and your power supply is not the problem, you will need to check the power supply. If your power supply is not the problem, it is likely that your motherboard is the problem.

7. Check your motherboard

If you are having graphics card issues and your motherboard is not the problem, you will need to check the motherboard. If your motherboard is not the problem, it is likely that your power supply is the problem.

8. Check your CPU

If you are having graphics card issues and your CPU is not the problem, you will need to check the CPU. If your CPU is not the problem, it is likely that your motherboard is the problem.

9. Check your power supply

If you are having graphics card issues and your power supply is not the problem, you will need to check the power supply. If your power supply is not the problem, it is likely that your motherboard is the problem.

10. Check your motherboard

If you are having graphics card issues and your motherboard is not the problem, you will need to check the motherboard. If your motherboard is not the problem, it is likely that your CPU is the problem.