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The graphics just freeze

I've recently reinstalled my sytem and went from win98 to win2k pro and I also bought a new graphic card GeForce 2 MX and some extra memory. Everything works fine except the computer freezes pretty often and you can't do anything, but the strange thin is that the donwloads and network activitys I had going when it stops continues! I can reach the harddrive in my LAN and everything. What's the problem?
Two of my friends has the same problem, we all have the same motherboard ASUS A7V and different GeForce2 cards. Can it be insufficiant power? I have 300W.

My system is:
750 Mhz Duron
ASUS A7V
256 SDRAM
30 gb + 40 gb IBM HD
GeForce2 MX 200 32mb
 
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kahleanCommented:
there can be few possibilites apart from yur power supply.

1. Overheated graphic card.
THere are issues that GEforce card generate alot of heat. Owing to this the system freeze....Try to move any PCI card located next to it away from the AGP slot. If you are familiar enough how to fix a cooling fan ontop of the heatsink this is a good choice.

2. Resource Confict
From the run menu type msconfig, and check out any device that is conflicting with your graphic card. Try to move the conflicting device from using the same resource as your graphic card.

3. Defect Memory
You might be unfortunate ro obtain a defective memory. But you can try this software to test your memory. Get it from www.simmtester.com . It is called docmemory.

4. Driver
Try to obtain the latest driver from nvidia at www.nvidia.com or other reference site like www.3dchipset.com .The latter site has good review about 3d card.

5. Power supply.
It might be the culprit even though that it say is 300W. The problem lies in the power that is distributed to the AGP slot. Asus has this software called pcprobe to monitor your power supply, Get it from www.asus.com.tw CHeck if the power is too low.

REgards



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AvonWyssCommented:
And, last but not least, software settings.
* Have you installed Windows 2000 SP2?
* Have you installed the latest 4-in-1-VIA drivers? These are very important!
* Have you installed the latest nVidia reference drivers?

Also apply this registry change:
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q270/7/15.ASP
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AvonWyssCommented:
And also make sure that the memory is set to its specs: if you have PC100 memory modules, set the memory bus speed to 100 MHz in the BIOS, if you have PC133 memory to 133 MHz.
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kahleanCommented:
btw you did mention that you friend encounter the same problem as what you are facing now. Are they running win2k as well?
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AvonWyssCommented:
Also make sure that you have the latest ASUS BIOS, some issues with AGP cards have been resolved in never BIOS versions.
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tomasvhAuthor Commented:
Sorry I haven't aswered in a while, I've been away. My friends uses win2k aswell.
There's already a heatsink attached to the graphic card, and I've got SP 2.
My via 4 in 1 drivers are downloaded from Asus homepage two months ago, do I really need to update them?
I will try using the pcprobe later today and see if the power is too low.

Thanks for your help so far
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kahleanCommented:
you can try that if updating driver fails to solve your problem

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kahleanCommented:
i got this few tips from this site wihch might be realted to your problem and your system specs.

http://go.to/geforcefaq

 
Q. I have a VIA chipset based motherboard and I can't get AGP working or I get lockups in Windows 2000. How can I fix it?
There is a new viaagp.sys driver from Microsoft that may fix lockups in Windows 2000. You can get more information and download the driver at the following website:
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q261/6/06.asp
Be warned, however, that installing the AGP component of any VIA 4in1 driver on top of this update will stop it working, as the 4in1 drivers use a file called viaagp1.sys instead. You can tell which driver you are using because the Microsoft driver will be called 'Via Tech CPU to AGP Controller' and the VIA driver will be called 'Via CPU to AGP Controller'.

There is a solution for the AGP disabled problem for the VIA KX133 chipset available at the following website:
http://www.tomshardware.com/mainboard/00q2/000417/kx133-04.html

Q. I have an ASUS K7M, A7V or Abit BE6-II motherboard and I have instability or tearing problems with the GeForce. How can I fix it?
Thanks to Markus Weissmann who told me about this solution from Creative Labs:

The ASUS K7M has a jumper for selecting the I/O-voltage, which is set to 3.4V by default. Set this to 3.31V (since this is the 'official' voltage for video cards). On the K7M this jumper is on the upper right side, a jumper-block with 4 pins.

The ASUS A7V runs at 3.56V by default. Try changing this to 3.31V or 3.35V.

This is also true of the Abit BE6-II, which is set to have an I/O voltage of 3.5V by default. Try changing this to 3.31V.

However, for some people the reverse may be true - increasing the voltage or leaving it at the default may fix the problem.


You can go to this site for more detail


Regards
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cempashaCommented:
tomasvh,
can you please post an update about this question.. It has been over 1.5 years since the last post for this question and your attention in finalizing this question is very much appreciated. Thanx
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