Intel D850GB motherboard with 512 MB RDRAM, 3Com 3C990 NIC, Western Digital 150 GB hard drive, Sony CDRW drive.
I just installed an eVGA NVidia GeForce FX 5700 Ultra AGP video card, and decided to also do a fresh install of Windows XP Professional.
I installed the latest drivers for the card via the eVGA.com site. The drivers installed fine, everything seemed great. Also installed latest device drivers for all other devices, latest Intel chipset INF files, latest Windows updates.
However, periodically now the system hangs. The hard drive spins down, the mouse freezes, and the system becomes unresponsive to even Ctrl-Alt-Del, I have to do a hard reboot.
This happens not only in Windows GUI, but also just prior to boot (for example, during one reboot it was counting down to do a CHKDSK on one of my partitions, when it hung in the same manner). It also happens in Safe mode!
Also, in one instance after the system rebooted it said something to the effect that Windows had recovered from a serious error, and that there was a problem with the NVidia driver drawing a page or something similar.
Is there any "firmware" for this card which needs updating? Any known issues with the card and my particular motherboard?
More importantly, any ideas about how to cure this problem?!?!