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High res and windows freezes/hangs

By paul7410 ·
Hardware specs: Abit SA6R MB(latest BIOS), 30GB HD, PIII 1Ghz 133 CPU, 1 stick 256MB RAM, VisionTek Nvidia GeForce2 Video Adapter (PCI), Soudblaster Live PCI Card, CD-ROM Drive, CD-RW Drive, SMC NIC.
History: Performed a clean install of WIN2K andWINXP (dual boot). Installed latest drives for all hardware. Installed latest IE and WIN2K and XP SP's and critical patches. Prior to clean reinstall everything worked fine. Same hardware. Installed McaFee Antivirus, and Winzip only.

Issue: Windows hangs (need to reset) everytime intermittently either when playing movie or surfing. Happens everytime I go to www.shockwave.com (shockwave running on webpage). Also happens everytime I run the WIN XP tour. If I set my resolution to 600 x 800 256 colors it does NOT hang. Anything higher it does hang.

Steps I've taken:
1) disconnected all hardware except video card, etc. still happens
2) Used a different video card - same thing.
3) Tested sytem RAM using simmtester
4) Clean installed just WIN2K - same thing.

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by paul7410 In reply to High res and windows free ...

By the way, I upgraded the BIOS before clean installing - everything went fine and I did reset the CMOS. Don't think this has anything to do with it, thought I'd add it... oh yeah and thanks for your help. : )

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by dmiles In reply to High res and windows free ...

Check the video cards manufacturers web site to check for compatibility,make sure that card is set to SVGA,then check to make sure you have the correct OS drivers
Boot computer into Safe Mode and check the Device Manager see if their are duplications of the video card

Go to Microsoft web site and download the latest Direct X updates,this should apply to Active X also.
Hope this Helps

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by paul7410 In reply to High res and windows free ...

SoulRider. Thanks for the help. Card is compatible, has 2K drivers installed, set to SVGA.

Downloaded latest Direct X - installed. Installed MDAC 2.6SP2 for Active X control.

Safe mode - no duplicates.

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by paul7410 In reply to High res and windows free ...

Soulrider, oh yeah went back to www.shockwave.com - soon as little flash video appears - bang freezes

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by dmiles In reply to High res and windows free ...

So,this seems to be a software bug,go to web site to check for bug fixes or reload the application

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by paul7410 In reply to High res and windows free ...

Another note. I'm leading towards an IRQ conflict - which aren't supposed to happen as much in 2K or XP. It hangs if I watch a mpg in media player if any higher then 640 x 480 | 256 Color. If I watch it streaming from the internet - it hangs after about 5 seconds. If I download the movie and watch it - about 20 seconds. If I download and watch movie and move USB mouse on screen while watching 10 seconds. Sound card, video card, and Ethernet all use IRQ 11 in 2000.

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by Cactus Pete In reply to High res and windows free ...

Does your motherboard support monitoring the heat on the proc?

I experienced this on one machine, a reseating the processor actually fixed the issue. Good luck.

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by Cactus Pete In reply to High res and windows free ...

Also, have you tried a different video card in this box?

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by Cactus Pete In reply to High res and windows free ...

Also, if anything in the system is overclocked, set it back to factory.

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