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Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 2:55 am:   

I just recently put together a computer which to my disatisfation always freezes or less often reboots every time I turn on the computer for the first time on any given day. After I reboot the computer, it works fine from then on until I turn it off and boot it up the next day. The same thing happens! The computer will freeze after a couple minutes of use and once rebooted, I have no problems for the duration of the use of the computer.

If it is of any help, I am running Windows XP Pro through an 1800+ AMD processor on a Gigabyte GA-7RXP motherboard with 256 MB DDR PC2100. I have a Gainward GeForce 3 Ti500 Golden Sample 128 MB DDR running for graphics. I use the current Gainward drivers instead of Nvidia's Detonator. The two Maxtor D740X hard drives can't be a variable I don't think.

Does anybody have any idea as to why this is constantly occuring? It has been going on for as long as I've had the computer up and "running." Is there anything else you need to know in order to figure this problem out?
Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 12:55 pm:   

i'd say without looking at it, it's either a setting in the bios, or a driver in winxp is causing it. try the nvidia reference drivers. i use them on my computers and they work flawlessly. you'll need to switch to a standard pci graphics adapter, then uninstall the current drivers. then delete the old drivers from your windows, system, and possibly help file directories. i edit the registry as well. all trace is gone before i install the new drivers. but if you don't know the registry, then i would leave that alone. then try installing the new drivers. see if that helps.
Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 8:27 pm:   

Power supply voltage rails take several seconds to stabilize on cold boot some up to a half a minute. What you are describing is a problem with lesser quality power supplies stabilizing before initial boot. Many manufacturers have opted to compensate with a short delay in the boot process on AMD motherboards to compensate some ASUS boards are delayed at POST beep up to 20 seconds. Check Gigabytes websight for a bios update that may address this issue or try a different power supply.
Posted on Monday, May 6, 2002 - 10:50 pm:   

Thanks win and E.S. for the info! Glad to get such responses.

I don't think Antec power supplies are lesser quality...I think they should do just that rules out the power supply...

Maybe the configuration of power being supplied might be the problem.

I have updated everything...the video card bios, the motherboard bios, windows xp drivers, etc.
Nothing seems to work...I cannot believe that all these new parts I have spent a grand on doesn't work flawlessly.

Everytime, no matter whether I touch the mouse or leave the computer alone, the thing still freezes!

V (Vera)
Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 5:49 am:   

What wattage is the powersupply? Antec is good, but that doesn't mean it meets the requirments of your system.

AMDs recommends at least 400 watts for Antec power supplies for the 1800+
Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 11:28 pm:   

OK...maybe 300 watts isn't enough to power a CDRW drive, a DVD drive, a floppy, and two 60 GB HDDs?

I actually saw that on the AMD website and thought, well, I can't return the power supply, it's just going to have to do...and I guess it's not doing, so my next option right now is to try the recommended power supply wattage!!!!

Thanx Vera for reminding me to follow factory recommendations...I guess they have it there for a reason, huh?

Be back with more power!!
v (Vera)
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 5:15 am:   

>>>...maybe 300 watts isn't enough to power a CDRW drive, a DVD drive, a floppy, and two 60 GB HDDs?<<<

...and a video card, sound card, modem, cpu, fans, memory....

I hope a new power supply takes care of the problem. I know I hate the thought of throwing money at a machine till it's eventually fixed.
Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2002 - 8:44 pm:   

A couple of friends I spoke with urged me to stick with my 300 watt power supply, so I'm just going to reformat and reinstall Windows XP all over again in hopes it runs smoothly...

Also, does this make sense:
In bios setup I came upon a part that said...

Vscore +1.728V
Vtt +1.248V
+3.300V +3.280V
+5.000V +4.919V
+12.000V +12.032V
5VSB +5.080

What does this mean?
To me, it looks like some power loss?????
Posted on Friday, May 10, 2002 - 8:35 am:   

sorry to say this. but an athalon requires at least a 400 watt power supply. you need to change your 300 watt out with a 400 watt or greater. that's your power loss.
Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2002 - 10:09 pm:   

If the voltages are not with a full load jmananquil, than you definately should consider getting a higher wattage power supply.

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