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Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2002 - 12:15 pm:   

I have a custom built 1.4 GHz AMD Athlon PC with 256 DDR RAM, on-board SB-16 sound, GeForce 2 MX 64 graphics with 32 MB RAM.

The problem is that when I'm using the computer for other than easy work (like MS-Word or card games), it locks up or, more frequently, simply reboots. From time to time I get a blue screen with various error messages.

Here's some of what I've already tried: First I thought it was the graphicscard since it usually happened when watching a movie og playing 3D-games (but also only moderately taxing games like Worms World Party). So I tried a number of different drivers, and I swapped the card with one from another machine, hoping the other PC would have problems, but no.

I've also tested the RAM with a nifty little program that ran for about 4 hours without finding any errors.

The harddrives are functioning properly, I think, no problems reported by scandisk.

I am slowly but surely running out of ideas. New input will be greatly appreaciated!!

v (Vera)
Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2002 - 11:08 am:   

Have you been keeping track of the temps? Have you got a good heatsink for proper cooling? how about case fans to help. AND adequate power supply ( minimum 350 )come to mind. AMDs site was listing approved heatsinks and power supplies. Haven't checked there lately.
joe costello
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2002 - 7:07 am:   

I suggest running the system file checker and checking whether older versions of system files have overwritten the original ones,

also try installing the latest version of directX
some older games corrupt direct x by installing an older version without checking first.

Lastly keep an eye on your system recources and scan for virus activity with a good virus package which is properly set up
Matt Taylor
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2002 - 7:30 pm:   

In my experience, most random errors are either ram-related or software-related. I would presume you are running a Win9x system. Chances are high that the problem lies there, especially since your ram checks out ok.

Though Win9x blue screens are more difficult to read, it is still possible. If I had a little bit of the information, I could probably make a good guess.

It is always a good idea to monitor the CPU temperature, but the Thunderbird core is rated for up to 95 C. Even an improperly mounted heatsink has difficulty getting that hot.
v (Vera)
Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2002 - 9:33 am:   

I recall a pc I was working on the that was getting random hangs, errors, and reboots. Sometimes it would happen once or twice a day, sometimes not at all.Couldn't figure out what it was.Everything inside the case appeared to be fine.I tried reseating and replugging everything.
Only when I installed a nic did I discover a likely cause to the random problems. I left the case open while configuring the nic in Windows and I just happened to notice the cpu fan intermittently slow down and speed up again. I changed the fan and problem solved.

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