Sudden reboots in Photoshop / other video card issues
Posted on 2003-02-27
OK, please bear with me here because this is a bit of a saga. I'd love to offer more points, but 75 is all I have and I can't for life of me find the "New Member Survey" or any other methods of acquiring more points besides paying (which I'm hesitant to do because I just sank all my money into this lemon of a system).
I bought a barebones system off eBay a few weeks back and ever since then I've had nothing but problems, the most drastic of which is a sudden reboot in the middle of using Photoshop (and only Photoshop), while editing high-res (large file) graphics. Here are the system specs:
P4 2.4 ghz
ECS P4VXASD2+ V5.0 motherboard (w/VIA P4X333 chipet)
512 mb of 133 sdram
40 gb Maxtor HD
nVidia RivaTNT2 32 mb AGP video card
Win 2k, Service Pack 3
Steps I've already take to resolve the problem:
1. Uninstalled and reinstalled Photoshop 7.
2. Upgraded to version 7.01
3. Tried installing latest video drivers (plus several interim drivers), both Win2k certified and non-
4. Replaced my ram
5. Created a new 20 gig partition on my hard drive and set that as my Photoshop scratch disk
6. Increased the amount of ram available to Photoshop
7. Installed a new 350w power supply, specifically designed for P4 systems
8. Lowered hardware acceleration
9. Lowered AGP to 2X
Nothing has fixed the problem. I've read quite a bit about the so-called "Infinite Loop" problem and though my system displays some of the same behavior, I have never gotten a Blue Screen of Death, just clunky/corrupt video rendering and these maddening reboots. According to Adobe, this has *nothing* to do with Photoshop, hence my posting in the hardware section.
Any ideas guys (and gals)? Bountiful thanks in advance.