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I have an ATI Radeon 9600XT 256mb. graphics card which I have recently purchased. Previously I had an ATI Radeon 9200 128mb card. I am running an Athlon XP3000+ processor with 512mb. of DDR memory. My problem is that since I have upgraded to this new graphics card I have had lockups in some of my games. Most notably Race Drive 1 and 2 and MotoGp 1 and 2. My lockups are occurring randomly, apart from that there is no problem at all. I have now gone back to my old 9200 card and everything works fine. I am also using the latest drivers, which I was also doing with the 9600XT. Do you have any idea of what the cause of my locking up would be?
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Lock ups are usually as a result of overheating or power problems, which generally results when you overclock.
Have you overclocked any of the components (CPU, 9600XT?). If you have, put the speeds back to stock speeds.

If you haven't overclocked, there could be several causes for this:
> The 9600XT is much hotter than the 9200 and could be warming up other components around it (such as CPU), causing
    those components to, in turn, overheat.
> The 9600XT also uses much more power because it requires a secondary power source (molex connector), therefore
    your power supply might be giving out insufficent juice.

My recommendation: Get MBM5 - http://mbm.livewiredev.com/download.html, and check your temps and voltage levels to
see if that is the problem.

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My version of this card does not have any secondary power or a molex connector, it just fits into a Pci Slot as the previous card did.
You may be correct in suggesting that I do not have enough power from the power supply as it is only 350watts, and I am running 2 hard drives along with a dvd player and a dvd recorder.
On the other side of the ledger, It may be running a little hot, but the ONLY time that I do have any trouble is when I am playing those games I mentioned, whether to machine is hot or cold
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So am I correct in assuming that there is no trouble with other non-mentioned games which are equally intensive?
If so, it may be a software problem...hmm...then it narrows it down to a few solutions:
- Get a new power supply; with 2 hard drives, dvd recorder/player you will want at least a 400W brand name (Antec) PSU
- Try reinstalling the graphics card, or using a different PCI slot
- Try reinstalling DirectX 9, drivers and the games mentioned.

Good luck !



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