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#1 jaywoo

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Posted 31 August 2004 - 05:56 PM

Hi! I am having "issues" with my PC. It is a home built 2.8 ghz P4, 768Mb of ram, blaa blaa blaa. I built it about a year ago, and it's been working great...up until about a month ago. The original power supply that came with it died. It was a 310 watt power supply, so I picked up a 300 watt from Comp USA. Not a great move, because within two days this power supply went up in a nice puff of smoke also (literally!!). I took it back and got a 400 watt, and so far, it's held up. Next up the video card went. Well, at least I'm pretty sure it did. I replaced it with a NVidia GeForce4 MX4000 card. The video has worked after that, but since the whole power supply/video card incidents, the computer will completly lock up whenever there is multiple applications running. For just surfing the internet, running simple things like outlook, etc it's alright. Start doing other things, though, like open a PDF or play a video, etc and it'll lock up. I will have to power the PC off and let it sit for a bit before it will restart. Even Norton Antivirus won't run through a complete scan without locking it up, so I have no idea if I have a virus.

Any help/suggestions would be appreciated!! Thanks!!

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Posted 31 August 2004 - 06:17 PM

Lockups can be caused by many things such as power supply, RAM, overheating, and drivers. Test your power supply by unplugging and removing all non-essential hardware that draws power. Then turn on your computer and see if it doesn't lock up.
Test your RAM with Memtest. Check your CPU's temperature with Speed Fan. Finally, check for better drivers. One way is to right-click on My Computer, select Manage, then Device Manger. Right-click on your hardware and select Update Drivers. I'd start with your video card. Hope this helps. :thumbsup:

Edited by HuckerJ, 31 August 2004 - 06:18 PM.

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#3 jgweed

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Posted 01 September 2004 - 12:31 AM

Better yet, go to the Gforce site, and download any drivers for your specific card.
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If diagnostics do not show any hardware problems, then get rid of unneeded programs/files, etc. Run Scandisk, and then defrag.

Edited by jgweed, 01 September 2004 - 12:33 AM.

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