Graphics Card Freezing - No clue why
Posted on 2001-06-14
Hello, I hope someone out there is smart enough to know what the problem is. I have written Creative a couple of times, but haven't got any answers. I'll be forever thankful dor any help I can get here :-)
The problem described below occurs with both Win98 and WinME.
This is my configuration:
AMD CPU Thunderbird 1100 Socket A
ABIT ATX KT7 Socket A KT133
3D Blaster GeForce2 Ultra AGP NT9x 64MB
CREATIVE PC-DVD ENCORE 12X INFRA RET.
Creative SB Live! Platinum 5.1 Ret.
Creative Speaker DTT 2500 Digi. 5+1 Ret.
256MB PC133 SDRAM 3,3V ORIG ACER
YEONGYANG Miditower YY-5381 ATX 300W K7
Teac CD-RW 12x/10x/32x IDE CD-W512EK
TEAC FLOPPY 3.5" 1.44MB OEM
Nokia 19" 446PRO TCO99 Flat AG 6 220 kr
IBM OEM Deskstar 75GXP 46,1GB 7200RP IDE
MS Internet Keyboard Pro PS2/USB Swe
MS Intellimouse Explorer PS2\USB Optical
MS Strategic Commander (USB installed)
The problem I'm having started right away after I bought the computer (the computer company put it toghether for me). The graphic card freezes and all I can do is to turn the computer off and start over. Sometimes it it freezes with a clamor from the computer, and sometimes its quiet.
I haven't had any other problems with it.
When I had just a few programs installed it almost only frooze while playing games. Age of Empires II was the only game that made it freeze in the middle of the game. With other games (like Baldur Gate 2) it only freezes when entering a meny (1 out of 10 times) or shutting it down (2 out of 3 times). Now (with WinME) with more programs it freezes a lot more often, and also while the toolbar are loading down to the right. It seems like sudden moves with the mouse during loading freezes. I think that my newly installed "Zonealarm Firewall" has made it worse.
OK. I've tried 3 different drivers to my GeForce Card. I've installed different drivers for the Mothercard. New USB driver, new DirectX. I've tried with both Win98 and WinME. New everything. That's why I think it's a hardwareproblem.
I'm just little above idiot when it comes to hardware, so I don't have so many good guesses. The only problem I had while installing all the hardware was a conflict with the IRQ 5. Two devices wanted to use that one. I solved it by choosing that one of the devices shared with the printer connection.
Thanks in advance!