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fmjrny
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Nvidia's Software Temperature Gauge

I just purchased & Installed a BFG Tech 6600GT 128mb AGP card. 
 
It seems to be working fine, but I'd like to monitor the temperature of the card.   I know I'm not getting an accurate reading on the Nvidia settings screen.....it keeps on telling me that the temperature of the card is 35 degrees C.....BUT IT NEVER CHANGES.  It's almost like I don't have that function turned on??  I can be playing a computer game for 2 hours...or I could just turn the PC on first thing in the morning........still 35 degrees C.  I did check the box on the Nvidia screen to warn me if the temp goes over a certain setting, but it doesn't seem to make any difference.....
 
How do I activate the temperature gauge?
 
Thanks for your input.
 
SYSTEM INFO:
Machine name: DELL4550
Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.050301-1519)
 Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Computer Corporation
System Model: Dimension 4550               
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.00GHz
Memory: 1024MB RAM
Page File: 257MB used, 1439MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904
 
 
Display Devices
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT 
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 6600 GT
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_00F1&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_A2
Display Memory: 128.0 MB
Current Mode: 1024 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Dell D1226H
Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
Driver Name: nv4_disp.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0010.7189 (English)
DDI Version: 9 (or higher
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RoHe
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Re: Nvidia's Software Temperature Gauge

Do you know if there's a temp sensor on that card? Perhaps sensor is defective?

Go to nvidia.com and see if there's a newer version of the driver for that card available, in case it's just a software bug.

Ron

Ron

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I am not a Dell employee

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Grant
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Re: Nvidia's Software Temperature Gauge

Try running a graphics-intensive demo (like 3DMark05) and leave the temp screen up in the background. When the benchmark finishes, I'd bet that the card runs a little hotter. If it doesn't, than either you have the best air-cooled Dell, or the temp sensor on the card is bad.

Grant

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Re: Nvidia's Software Temperature Gauge

lol my radeon 9250 ran the 3dmark03 and i thought my video card was gonna melt and the comp explode....roflm4o
i can barely imagine what would happen on 3dmark05....umm it would load then the computer would shut off to save the internal components from melt down......
just a assumption...
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fmjrny
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Re: Nvidia's Software Temperature Gauge

I don't know if it could possibly make that much difference, but I do have 2 empty PCI slots next to the card (instead of the recommended 1 slot).  That should help the cooling somewhat, shouldn't it? 
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Grant
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Re: Nvidia's Software Temperature Gauge

It will make a difference, but not enough to keep it steady ALL OF THE TIME!

Grant

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fmjrny
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Re: Nvidia's Software Temperature Gauge

I downloaded the test program you recommended...3DMark05.  I'll try it out later tonight & see what happens.  Are there bench marks that I can apply to my specific card to see how it is doing in my PC?  I doubt it will change anything on that temp gauge....it really seems like that function just isn't "activated".
 
I've see some message boards point people in the direction of the PC's BIOS settings....has anyone ever heard of this avenue?  I don't really think I'm comfortable with screwing around with those settings...I hear that it can be risky.
 
Thanks for the recommendations.
 
 
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toastee
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Re: Nvidia's Software Temperature Gauge

you could go here http://www.bfgtech.com/tech_redux.html  and either phone or email them.
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katwoman
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Re: Nvidia's Software Temperature Gauge

" I doubt it will change anything on that temp gauge....it really seems like that function just isn't "activated"."

There was a bug in some Nvidia drivers that gave an incorrect temperature. I don't remember the date or have a link handy.
Update your video card drivers. What version are you using?

http://nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp
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fmjrny
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Re: Nvidia's Software Temperature Gauge

I should be good to go on the driver issue...As soon as I installed the card I went to the Nvidia website for a driver update.....

Driver Version: 6.14.0010.7189 (English)

 

 

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