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HP xl756, pentium III, 128mg ram, on-board video intel 810e chipset with 1 mg ram (shadowed). I have a music jukebox program that uses winamp2.91, windows media player for tags of mp3 music , and internet explorer 6.0 that shows album covers. Somehow all of these become a very cool jukebox that  show all album covers etc. However, my system resources drop too 23% from 95 % ( I have nothing running except explorer, systray, msg32), user resources 63%, GDI resources 23 %. The computer will randomly freeze totally (no crt,alt,del) with no error messages.  I suspect I need a better graphics card ???? Do you think that will stop the freezing ???
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Are you running WinXP?  128MB is too small for it to run efficiently.  Add more RAM, preferably up to 512MB, if this is the case.
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I use Windows 98se , I had added more Ram to 256Mg but that did not help. I'm not sure if this how I respond to a comment ?
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Yes, that is the way to respond.  When the computer freezes, does it hang completely until you restart it?  If the music program is taking up all the cpu, it is very possible the integrated video chipset can't handle it, but it could also be a sign of overheating (unless it happens immediately when you start up cold and play music).
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It locks up completely, no error message, no mouse, no keyboard. Control/alt/delete does nothing because of the lack of the keyboard. I have to turn off the computer by the power button.  
If I just let the music play ( it can  use a random playlist), it will play for hours, so I don't think it is over heating. However, if I choose to show all the album covers or start picking my choice of music song by song, it will lockup.  Will it create more heat if  I make it do more "thinking' ?? ???   The CPU does not have a fan directly on top of it, it has a fan that is at the beginnig of an exit chute . The fan is maybe 1 inch above the CPU.
I do happen to have an old ATI all-in -wonder videocard but when I tried to install it , I have no way to uninstall the original i810e card. There is not a place in the bios to deselect it. When I remove the original card from the device manager, it reinstalls it on every startup.  ( I'm not really all that knowledgable , I have reading all sorts of stuff and advice from this site. It's very knowledgable and helpful)
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It does sound like a video-related problem, and not heat.  If you could disable the onboard video and install another card, that would be a good test.  Most onboard video disables automatically when you install an AGP card; was this a PCI video card?  If so, try an AGP card (borrow one, if you can).
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Thanks, the video card I tryed is a PCI card and maybe 7-8 years old. I'll see if I can borrow an AGP card . Thanks
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