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Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2002 - 9:56 pm:   

Starting out, I reformated my hard drive about two weeks ago. I had WinXP and I only had a few problems, nothing major and was trying to iron them out.

I set back up and install WinXP again. As soon as I start up, it freezes. I reformated again because I couldn't figure out how to fix it. I installed Win98. It installed just fine and worked fine in a 640 by 480 resolution. The problem started when I used the latest drivers for my card (Detonator 4 drivers from Nvidia). The system then froze on me. I bumped it back down to 640 by 480 and it worked fine. I first thought it might be the heat. I checked and it's running about 60C (processor) and system temp is about 40C.

I figured it must be my video card since it only froze in higher resolutions. I have it in a 1600 by 1200 now but with reference drivers first provided when I bought my card which are about a year old now. If I try to upgrade them, the freezing starts. I tried to burn a CD-R last night and the system froze. The keyboard doesn't even work when that happens. Also, when I installed Media Player 7.1 it started freezing. But if I use the regular video player with Win98 it doesn't.

I played C&C Renegade with a 1600 by 1200 and it worked fine, a couple of lockups here and there.

sorry about the length of this post, but ANY assistance would be appreciated.

My sys specs
Athlon 1.4 Ghz
256 MB Ram (PC2100)
Microstar K7T266 Pro2 DDR
VisionTek GeForce 2 MX (64 MB DDR RAM)
SB Live! sound card

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Posted on Friday, March 15, 2002 - 8:13 am:   

This probably won't help but may be worth a try to update your direct x to 8.1.

Posted on Friday, March 15, 2002 - 9:29 am:   

You should update your motherboards chipset drivers as well.

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