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Hello,

I have a computer with the following specifications:
- Motherboard: QDI Kudoz 7 (VIA KT266 Chipset)
- Processor: AMD Athlon XP 1600+
- Graphics card: Elsa Gladiac MX (Geforce 440 MX Chip)
- Memory: 2 DIMM SDRAM Kingston ECC 266MHz (256 & 512 Modules)
- Hard Disk: 2 Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM (40 + 120 GB)
- Other components

My problem is that the computer hangs when I play videos or use Photoshop.

I have tried the following to solve the problem (anything fixed it):
(all tests were realized with minimal components connected)
- Install differents VIA 4in1 and NVidia drivers. (In Linux also hangs, so I discard software problems).
- Change memory
- Change processor (to newer)
- Change hard disk
- Change graphics card (to an ATI)
- Change AGP Timing Value in BIOS (to DA or EA)
- Change AGP Memory Aperture Size (disabling it)
- Change AGP multiplier (to 1X)

The only thing that solves the problem is to change the motherboard.

My question is if someone knows a solution to solve the problem without change the motherboard.
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by:Snowguy
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The only other thing you havent changed other then the motherboard is the power supply.
They can cause this. If that dose not correct it you will need to change the MB.
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by:AkerMoSiS
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I have changed the power supply too.
Sorry, I forgot to mention it.
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by:Snowguy
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Looks like its time to go motherboard shopping.
Is the CPU staying cool & has a large enough HSF with the correct amount of thermal interface between the CPU&HSF?
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by:AkerMoSiS
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Yes, my CPU is staying cool. I have installed a Thermaltake Volcano 9 Fan (http://www.thermaltake.com/coolers/volcano/rs/a1365.htm), speed controlled by temperature sensor.
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by:swampthing12590
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This problem sounds similar to something I have experienced.  
Same issue running games, videos, machine locks up.  I tried every thing you have including a new MB. Nothing helped.

If your MB has and you are using the onboard sound chip Disable it in the BIOS.  Youy wont have sound of course but that will be temporary.  Try playing games, Photoshop play videos etc.  If the problem stops then there is an incompatibility problem with the sound chip.  Go buy a new sound card.

good luck
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by:AkerMoSiS
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I have disabled in BIOS all hardware that I don't use (like sound, COM ports, etc.) but it didn't solves the problem.

Thank you swampthing12590 & Snowguy.
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by:lankylin
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There are some known compatibility issues between quite a few of the games and the VIA chipset.  Before you replace the motherboard, you might want to flash the bios with the latest update.
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The motherboard is flashed with the last bios release. Finally I have chaged it.
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