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I have an AMD Athlon 700MHZ machine with 128M Ram and a GeForce256 video card. My system will randomly freeze. The keyboard and mouse lock up and because I have an ATX motherboard even my power switch doesn't work. (I can hit the reset to restart). I have reformatted my hard drive and re-installed Win98-SE and did not install any 3rd party software except drivers for video, monitor, and sound card. (Vortex 2) but it didn't help. All power saving is off as well as the screen saver. I have downloaded/installed the latest video card drivers. I tried disabling external cache then internal cache but the system would still freeze. I am thinking that one of 3 things may be the problem. My motherboard, CPU, or video card. If anyone has any ideas where I should start please let me know. Thanx in advance            -Tony T.
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How is your Power Supply. There have been problems between the Athlon and the GeForce drawing too much power for some powersupplies to handle. I would say you are ok with a 300 watt. If you have less, you may want to try out another PS.
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It could be a power supply problem but I lean towards the possibility that it is a heat problem. Does this happen the first time after the computer has been on for a while and then maybe sooner after a reboot? If so then it sounds to me like a heat problem. If not, then I'd look to the power supply or even the video card driver.
 I've had the best luck with the drivers directly from Nvidia (www.nvidia.com ) as opposed to the ones that come from the card maker (ie. creative, etc.). These are the drivers they start with and then add there own programs to. You might loose some of the accessories that these drivers provide, but they seem a lot more stable to me.
 I'd also double check your motherboard settings. A wrong setting there could cause an overheating problem also. You could be overclocking your processor using a wrong multiplier setting causing it to overheat.
 It could even be a memory problem. Bad ram will cause a system to lock up. If you have more than one dimm installed, you might try removing one of them at a time and see if that solves the problem.
 There's other things it could be, but this is a start. Keep us posted and I hope this will help.
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Get an Intel processor.

Windows is designed for an Intel Processor (eg. "WINTEL").

Use AMD at your own risk.
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Actually Reader Windows was designed for use on the x86 platform (386 and up) and since both Intel and AMD chips are designed around that standard, either usually work quite well (though Intel chips don't overclock nearly as well as AMD).

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The PC appears to be fairly new (under 1 year)  Perhaps you could telephone technical support for that PC.  After all you have paid for the Support,use the service.
I am sure you have tried this.
I Hope the problem is resolved.
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ismailh

I like to sleep at night.
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I am assuming you have an AGP video card here, but you may choose to disable the IRQ for the video card in the BIOS. that usually fixes the problem you are encountering.  
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hi tony, i am having tha same problem as you did the lockups and all how did you solve it was it just the irq thing , did you change the power supply or ram or anuthing else please explain  ok
thanks anyway
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