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Repetative video card problems

By Cmm0520 ·
My computer will freeze when it is running a video or a game. this happened a whie back so i replaced to video card, bt it just recently happened again. What am i doing to cause this and how can i stop it from happening again?

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Repetative video card pro ...

It could be any number of things depending on the hardware/software package that you are running.

For starters it could be different brand and speed Ram fitted that is causing a problem under certain conditions or even something as simple a a conflict arising between different software installed.

Without knowing more about the system it's impossible to say much more but I can suggest that you download The Ultimate Boot CD and run it to diagnose your hardware to see if everything is working properly. At least then you would know if you have a hardware or Software problem.

It's available here


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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

If it's on an Intel Chip Set M'Board there should be no Chip Set Compatibility problems but the VIA and SIS may be a different story.

The 9600 ATI cards have been very reliable in my experience but then again I've only ever used 2 different brands of them ABit & Expert Vision brands. I've yet to have one go bad but it could very well be your Power Supply being over taxed and killing off the Video.

If you can try the Video Card in a different computer to see if it's actually working properly, if you don't have another computer around with that Format Video Card I would try a different Power Supply depending on where you are an Antec would be my first choice but there are other good brands out there but get one with at least 450W capacity and the Antec Smart Power ones are very good even if the back fan doesn't ever spin as the power supply never gets hot enough to require the extra cooling.

Make sure that all the power plugs into the M'Board are actually plugged in and any that go to the Video Card if there is one. Generally there are 3 power connectors on a P4 M'Board the normal 20/24 Pin main one a secondary 4/6 pin one and then a third one often over looked a normal 4 pin HDD type connector this one quite often gets forgotten about if there is one there and places extra load on the M'Board to distribute the available power around to where it's needed.

If your current Video Card is in the process of dieing you don't want to fit another one as you are only treating a symptom and not coming up with a cure.

It's also possible that the Video Card just overheated if that's the case you need to make more air flow through the case.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

It should be sucked in from the front and blown out the back/side so if possible fit some case fans to your case and push air through the case. If there is a Fan on the Video Card make sure that it's actually spinning if it isn't it's possible that is sucking a drastic amount of power and making the 12 V DC power lines low and causing the problem. If there is a fan not working you should be able to just disconnect it for testing purposes and try but don't allow the system to run for long periods of time under load as you could damage the GPU.


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by Cmm0520 In reply to Repetative video card pro ...

Here is dome info on my computer, i can't figure out how to run the ubcd though....

Processor Intel Pentium 4 1499MHz
Display Card ATI RADEON 9600 Series
Memory 384MB
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP
Free Disk Space 7.06GB
Display Card Memory 128MB
Display Driver Version
DirectX Version 9.0c
Optical Drive CD/DVD
Sound Card Intel(r) Integrated Audio

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