I just built a brand new system:
400 watt Zalman Power Supply
Gigabyte GA-K8NS MB
Athlon 64 3000+
1 Gig (2 x 512 MB) PC2700 DDR Ram
2 160 Gig WD HDs (hardware mirrored) (thanks EE)
1 40x Sony CD-Rom
1 Sony 16x DVD-RW +RW, etc.
an ATI Radeon 9600 made by Rosewell.
I am new to the 3D graphics cards and I'm not much of a gamer, but I wanted something decent and I've heard some good things about the 9600. Unfortunately, every single time I use the computer the graphics driver fails and I have to reboot to get the system to run in a stable environment again. I figure this has to be expected to some degree because there is an option in the included software system to allow the graphics driver to be reloaded without reboot on crash, but I can't imagine this should happen everytime. I'm not even doing anything graphic intensive when it happens -- usually surfing on Firefox. I have tried the driver in XP SP2, the one from Windows update, and the one included with the card. Do I have a bad card? Is there something I can do to fix this? What other information can I give that would be of assistance? Thank you.