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PCI conflict error..?

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#1 Gothmog


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Posted 23 March 2005 - 12:40 PM

Hi Im tinkering with my friends old PIII 400 MHz. its loaded with 64 MB PC100 ram, and some other vanilla flavor parts from gateway, like an old TNT Riva (i think) gfx card.

any way the problem started a month ago when i was recruited to set up his DSL. i had to get him a NIC card and install it, which took forever b/c the modem was confilcting or something. after an hour or so i was ready to put my fist through a wall and then it magically fixed itself.

Now the problem poped back up. this time the system will run for a minute or 2 after startup. whether you let it idle on the desktop or run Firfox, a BitTorrent client and a wordproccesor all at the same time (its old remember) it will spontaneously crash to the BIOS startup screen and reboot. no bluescreen or warning... however one time i was paying close enough attention at the split second of failure to see it say something about PCI error or conflict in a DOS style screen.

I pulled the modem out of a PCI slot and it works now. i dont need the modem and the NIC at the same time(yet) but i am interested to know if anyone can tell me why it would not work, work and then not work again.

apologies if this is actually already posted somewhere but i just assume the problem is to specific to already exist... also aplogize for my longwindedness thanx for reading

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#2 rigel



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Posted 23 March 2005 - 01:55 PM

It could be that they were trying to share the same system resources and just couldn't get along. Memory addressing, IRQ conflicts, or I/O settings may have tried to overlap. That's my best guess. There may have also been a piece of software on the system that tried to start up with the modem - or dial up, when the NIC was handling internet/network traffic.


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#3 TEB


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Posted 23 March 2005 - 06:54 PM

In short, the nic isnt compatible with the system.................It happens alot with system slike that where its really buggy sometimes itll just slow down the computer and sometimes it will cause major erros.

To fix it so it doesnt automatically restart when theres an error do this

Control Panel => System => Advanced Tab => Click settings under system startup, system failure, and system recovery => Under system failure, uncheck automatic reboot.

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