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Thick layer of dust




Lately something has been wrong with my graphics card/driver. Everything was fine when I started the computer but after some time all graphical stuff just got terrible slow and all OpenGL applications just crashed.

In the Xorg log I found the following:
/var/log/Xorg.0.log wrote:
...
(II) NVIDIA(0): Initialized AGP GART.
(II) NVIDIA(0): Initialized AGP GART.
(II) NVIDIA(0): Initialized AGP GART.
(WW) NVIDIA(0): The NVIDIA X driver has encountered too many errors. Falling
(WW) NVIDIA(0): back to legacy PCI mode.
(II) NVIDIA(0): Initialized AGP GART.


I didn't know exactly what the problem was. It could be a driver problem or a hardware problem. Today I opened up my computer to clean out some dust. Of course I looked a little closer at my graphics card. I removed some protection plate and found a thick layer of dust around the fan that blocked all of the air channels from the side. This could probably cause too high temperature. Now when the dust is gone I have not yet seen any problems so I hope the problem is now solved, but I can't be sure because I haven't used the computer very long after this.



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