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By darkelord ·
I'm not sure where this problem lays. AOL are, as usual, unhelpful, so I'm turning to you guys.

I'm running a homemade AMD 450Mhz ( with the patchfile for Win95 ), FIC VIA 503+ Board ( FIC deny the problem exists ), 128Mb NEC SDRAM, ATI Xpert 128and Creative PCI128.

Basically, after 12+ hours of uptime, my computer starts to black out on me. The Monitor, that is. The computer also halts, though I see no error messages.

The monitor is NOT the problem, I tried it with several others with similar responses.. AOL 5.0 Blacks the screen, AOL6.0 halts the system - no error reports on any time..

I prefer not to shut down my system during the day, because it's continually used..

Any suggestions?

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by pVp In reply to Screen Problems

You implied that you're running Win95. Hopefully, 95b or later.

#1 suspect is always video drivers; you should ensure you have the latest for your configuration.

Swapfile. For 95, I always ran 3x RAM. For NT, 2x the recommended size (which should come up as RAM + 11 MB).

Win95. It does that.

IE 5.0 or 5.5; 5.01 SP1 is less prone to contribute to the problem.

It's also possible you're running hot; the airflow through the case is inadequate, and/or the CPU fan is slow or stopped. Might just be full of dust or pet hair (or your hair!).

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by darkelord In reply to Screen Problems

I have the latest drivers for my Xpert 128 - no change in the situation.
Having said that, the airflow might have a point - I'll give it a go.

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by Ciervo-X In reply to Screen Problems

It seems like your CPU or your video card
get too hot. Try cleaning the fan/fans in
your computer, or installing another one,
and make it cool the video card.

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by darkelord In reply to Screen Problems

As mentioned above, I'll give this a try.

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by bstei18 In reply to Screen Problems

I've installed about 20 of these 503+ boards, some with ATI Xperts, and have not had this problem come up.

It does sound like an overheating problem. Try cleaning out your fans and power supply. Also clean out any air vents.

A word of caution;if you are using compressed air, use a screwdriver to hold the fans in place. Compressed air can spin the fans too fast and damage them.

Hope that helps.

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by darkelord In reply to Screen Problems

As mentioned above, I'll give this a try.

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by dmiles In reply to Screen Problems

If you have pin pointed it to this point and not having problems with either Video of your cards,Try running your anti-virus to check your system,It may be a virus that is not being detected.

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by darkelord In reply to Screen Problems

Antivirus comes up clean. I used Mcafee and PCcillin 98 for a double check.

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by Bill Cassada In reply to Screen Problems

Change your graphic card - bet the problem vanishes (you can borrow one from a friend). It sounds like it's overheating to me. Most ATI cards have an adequate heat sink on them, but placing a fan on one certainly won't hurt. A decent fan can be had for about $12 or so from Radio Shack or CompUSA. Certainly cheaper than buying a new card. Let me know what happens!

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by darkelord In reply to Screen Problems

Um, changing the card really wasn't an option I considered, nor can I afford to. I elected to install a new fan in the case.

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