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    I sent my GF4 Ti4600 back to the manufacturer to be repaired or replaced, etc. It was showing some artifacts when cranking up the res. It turned out the video card was at fault. They sent me a refurbished card the next week. I tried it and while booting saw artifacts in the boot screen. Then I get into WinXP and then it gave an error saying Windows has detected and recovered from a hardware failure, please reboot. It changed the screen to 16 color 640X480. It's a bad video card again. Guess I'm one of those lucky people that just keeps getting bad hardware. So I'm sending the card back AGAIN. I put a nice little note in the box telling them I want a new video card, not that refurbished junk. I never trusted repaired electronics.

    By the way I know the card is bad and it's not my mobo because I tested another card in my system and it worked fine and I gave this card to someone else and they were having the same problems I was having with it.

    Thought I share that with everyone. Anyone else have a similar experience?

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    pcmkr
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    AMD Athlon XP 2000+
    EPoX 8K3A+
    Corsair XMS2700 512MB DDR333
    Leadtek Winfast A250 Ultra TD 128MB GeForce 4 Ti4600
    SB Audigy Gamer
    Intel 10/100 Pro NIC
    Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM ATA100 Special Edition w/ 8MB Cache
    Pioneer 16X DVD-106s
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    Enermax 550W PSU
    Altec Lansing 641 4.1 Speaker System
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    This is the Leadtek card? Pretty unusual to get bad hardware from them... especially two times in a row. But good call on asking for a new card. After all, you BOUGHT a new card so there is no reason to expect used when it had a problem.
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    Yeah it's a Leadtek. I always heard good things about their cards.
    When I got the card back after I first sent it in and saw they sent me a 'refurbished' I had a bad feeling. Turns out I must be psychic, hehe.

    I'll be spittin fire if I get another bad card. :flames: :flames: :flames: :flames: :flames: :flames:
    Specs:

    AMD Athlon XP 2000+
    EPoX 8K3A+
    Corsair XMS2700 512MB DDR333
    Leadtek Winfast A250 Ultra TD 128MB GeForce 4 Ti4600
    SB Audigy Gamer
    Intel 10/100 Pro NIC
    Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM ATA100 Special Edition w/ 8MB Cache
    Pioneer 16X DVD-106s
    Plextor 40x12x40 CD-RW
    Teac 1.44 Floppy
    Enermax 550W PSU
    Altec Lansing 641 4.1 Speaker System
    Antex SX1240 Full-Tower
    Win98SE / WinXP Pro

    3DMark 2001SE - 11,659 (Stock) 12,670 (O/C'd)

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    First time I've heard of someone bein' unlucky like that with them :eek: , ya didn't run over a chinaman or black cat or something along those lines did ya? :?:

    Yes definately insist on a brand new and tested one. :devil:
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    Refurbished electronics are not necessarily a bad thing. It was probably labled "refurbished" by the vendor, not the factory. Usually "factory refurbished" means that it was put on an inspection bench by a trained technicion, with all the proper test equipment, and certified for proper operation.

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    pcmkr you purchased the card new.......only accept a new as a replacement
    Where do companies get off, replacing a new faulty card with a refurbished, likley someones elses problem card, thats been O/C
    to within an inch of its life.
    lts a shame to see good companies doinf this!
    Eat when you are hungry, drink when you are thirsty, sleep when you are tired and work when you have to!

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    I hope you get a new card back and it works fine :thumb:. Really sucks that that happened :thumbs do
    New Sig soon, old one was way outdated.

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    I got the card back, popped it in, and everything worked the first time. No problems found. I ran the very stressful UT2k3 for about 20 mins and no hiccups or problems, just smooth gameplay at 1280X1024 with all settings at max where the announcer says Holy SH!T when all the settings are turned to max. It was so funny when he said that. :laugh:
    Specs:

    AMD Athlon XP 2000+
    EPoX 8K3A+
    Corsair XMS2700 512MB DDR333
    Leadtek Winfast A250 Ultra TD 128MB GeForce 4 Ti4600
    SB Audigy Gamer
    Intel 10/100 Pro NIC
    Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM ATA100 Special Edition w/ 8MB Cache
    Pioneer 16X DVD-106s
    Plextor 40x12x40 CD-RW
    Teac 1.44 Floppy
    Enermax 550W PSU
    Altec Lansing 641 4.1 Speaker System
    Antex SX1240 Full-Tower
    Win98SE / WinXP Pro

    3DMark 2001SE - 11,659 (Stock) 12,670 (O/C'd)

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    Glad to heat that life is good again. Speaking of UT2K3, I probably need to see about getting that. I'll check into local prices this weekend sometime.
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    Well, Was it new?

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