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Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2002 - 9:31 pm:   

My comp keeps freezing every 20 mins or so, when i play games it may freeze every 10-15 min, it drives me nuts, heres my system specs

AMD XP 1600
Geforce 3 Prophet III 64 mb
30 GB Maxtor HDrive
Sony 16 x DVD Rom
SB Audigy

what could my problem be? over-heating or somethign else, i dont know much about this kinda stuff so if anyone can help me id be appeciated. Thanks
Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2002 - 9:38 pm:   

What motherboard?
Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2002 - 11:05 pm:   

oops, Asus A7A 266
Rob (Robwalk)
Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2002 - 11:16 pm:   

Hi Deacon,
I have the same machine but I have experienced no freezes even with the most demanding games so the system should cope. It must be one of the bios settings or perhaps overheating.
Does your MB have a temperature alarm or monitor that you can view on start-up or during operation. The sensed temperature should be below 65C. Most new boards have audible temperature alarms. Check to see if yours has. If it is not temperature it must be bios. Make sure you have enabled 4X and any other performance settings that are available on the board. As ES asked, the make of your MB could help.
Posted on Monday, January 28, 2002 - 9:14 am:   

what video driver are you using? i use the nvidia reference drivers, rather than the ones that come on the cd. however, if you tweak the driver, as in modify it for better performance for games, it can cause a lockup for the rest of the system. then all you can do is go back to an earlier version of nvidia's drivers, stock, that is.

btw, i have that same motherboard, only using a g-force 2 from msi, and the nvidia version 21.xx driver, i've had no problem whatsoever.
Posted on Monday, January 28, 2002 - 9:45 am:   

Hmm, ALi Magic chipset, Have you tried installing motherboard chipset drivers, IE:AGP port drivers PCI drivers ETC?
Posted on Monday, January 28, 2002 - 11:13 am:   

I checked the temperature and it says
Motherboard temp : 27* C
Computer Temp : 52* C

I havent got any tweaking programs for my card, just the updated drivers off the site Hercules site, thats the driver im using, i have AGP 4x and stuff enabled in the BIOS.

As for the chipset drivers, i havent installed any drivers for that.
Rob (Robwalk)
Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 6:37 pm:   

Sure seems to be a problem. Temperature is OK and if your bios settings are OK then it could be the 3D driver. Are you sure you have the right one and is it MS certified.....just a thought. Failing that it beats me.
Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 7:05 pm:   

Download and install the ALI AGP drivers for the motherboard ALIMAMIK Drivers are very important when running a GeForce 3 video card otherwise its unstabile.
Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 7:32 pm:   

It's the M1647 Driver
Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 8:26 pm:   

i have WinXP, which one of those should i d/l then?
Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 8:38 pm:   

oops, nm, err could you put the link up on what i should, d/l i dont wanna d/l the wrong thing and mess something up, thanks :)
Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 10:02 pm: Just the AGP 1.82 not the integrated
Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 6:36 am:   

Audigy cards are notorious with XP, as you can read for yourself in newsgroups such as It is surprising that it freezes, considering how XP has been kinder than any other Microsoft OS's on errors and hangups. Did you try enabling the BSOD, or even an event log in the system? That might give you a good clue to what is going on. Otherwise, it is like shooting blanks: hitting everything to get nothing.
Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 12:21 pm:   

Good point A.L. but that issue is a VIA chipset matter.
Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 4:15 pm:   

still freezes even after i installed the 1.82 drivers, could it be my Audigy? cause when it freezes sometimes i hear the sound loop over and over that is, i dont hear the looping though all the time. arg this sux :(
Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 9:17 pm:   

Remove the Audigy card and delete the drivers for it and try it. It could very well be a soundcard/vidcard conflict that isn't showing up in the hardware manager. That would be the next logical step.
Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 8:28 am:   

Well so far after i installed the 1.82 drivers my system only froze once yesterday, im gonna see how it goes right now and if it still freezes ill try the audigy, *crosses fingers i hope that it stopped freezing* =)
Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2002 - 7:23 pm:   

arg well it still freezes, i dont know how to remove my sound card so is there another way to fix that prob? thnx
Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2002 - 11:24 pm:   

Well, the next logical step is to remove that audio card and drivers. Unplug the computers power. Remove the computer case, locate the sound card and unscrew the bracket holddown screw then gently remove the Audigy card. You may feel uncomfortable doing this so you may want to have it done by a shop somewhere.
Posted on Monday, February 4, 2002 - 11:02 pm:   

ill do just that, thanks for helping me out everyone, i appreciate it a lot ;)
lynn pierce
Posted on Sunday, March 31, 2002 - 6:43 am:   

My system freezes up when I am on the internet and
it takes a long time to travel from one site to another. Could someone please tell me how to check the temp of my machine?
Posted on Friday, April 5, 2002 - 3:38 am:   

In reference to the check temperature question go into your bios and it should be displayed in one of the menus. Note not all motherboards will have the temperature monitoring feature.

Also usually best to check after the computer has been running awhile then reboot into bios. There are utilities to check temperature while in Windows such as Motherboard monitor .

If not sure how to get into the bios watch your monitor closely when it boots and it should say something like press del to enter set up.

In bios navigate using tab and arrow keys and be careful when leaving to not save any changes unless you're sure of the change made.

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