MP3s/computer from hell??
Posted on 1998-09-12
I just upgraded my computers' motherboard and CPU. And it seems that everytime i play certain MP3s, my computer screen will go black and the computer will reboot! I tend to notice this more true with hip-hop music. Some songs will get towards the middle and the screen will go black and the machine will reboot. Some songs will play for 3 seconds and the same will happen. This has got me really concerned!
I am beginning to suspect it has something to do with the video card. I had problems from the get go with my new system but i thought i ironed it out. I will summarize and explain my upgrade experience below:
1) Originally bought an ABIT BH-6 mobo but couldn't get NT to install whatsoever. The machine would just continuously reboot about 5% into the installation. Got a new BH-6 from the store, same problem! Replaced CD-Rom, same problem. Tried different harddrive, same problem. Stripped the computer of all nonessential components, same problem. Tried separating the ram chips (1 33 MB from Toshiba, and 1 64 Mb from unknown but gauranteed to work with a BX), same problem.
2) Returned the Abit and got an Asus. Installed NT with no problems. Now i got the MP3 problem!! Ran WinTune 97 to check out the components, no error messages. One weird thing though, it reports my CPU at 326 instead of 333 even though i shut most of programs running in the background.
I have replaced and tested every major component in the system except the ram, video card, and CPU. Please see my post in this section about "telltale signs of failing video carsd." Could my video card be the culprit? The only symptom i received from the video card is that my screen booted up yellow before but i fixed that by reinserting the card into another slot. Would a conflict with devices cause this? Please exlain.
Please post comments only and i will select the best comment/answer and reward it an A+.
Pentium II 333 boxed (strange that WinTune reports it as a PII 326).
Asus 2PB BX chipset
96 MB of ram (dimms @ 66 speed)
2 maxtor UDMA harddrives
SB 16 PNP
Matrox Mystique 220 PCI 4 MB ram
Canopus pure 3d addon card w/voodoo chipset
NT 4.0 workstation