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#1 popfly

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 09:48 AM

I am running a AMD Sempron 3000+ processor and one of those Gigabytpe Triton Mother boards. The Video card is a GeForce 6600 LE. When I load the computer everything is fine and it plays correctly. However, after a few minutes the computer will give me a black screen for a split second before freezing up on me completely. I have looked and I thought it was perhaps an AGP driver that needs to be updated, I really have no clue though. The computer was just built and I salvaged the hard drive, I used to run a GeForce 4. However the hard drive was reformatted. Thanks in advance!

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 11:08 AM

Will the computer run in Safe Mode and allow you to check the Device Manager?

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 08:20 PM

thanks for your suggestions.

I bought the card and an additional stick of ram a couple of weeks ago only to discover my power supply was insufficient. I had a small box and the bigger power supply was expensive so, I replaced the case, the board and updated the processor too.

I have a feeling the video card may be the problem ... just a feeling. Before realizing what was wrong, I ran it with insufficient power for the new card for a little while right after buying it. I wonder if that could ruin the card? Device manager showed no problems. Anyway, I took it to a shop today. I'll post as to what the problem was if anybody is interested.

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 09:48 PM

Please do let us know how it comes out.

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 08:22 AM

Don't ignore those feelings - quite often they turn out to be true!

Get the latest, WHQL certified driver from the nVidia website ( http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_84.21.html )

Then, uninstall your current drivers through Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel (if they're not there, this could be a part of the problem).

If they're not there, use one of these free driver removal tools to remove them:

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=806
http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=3233
http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=3214
http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=865

Then install the new drivers that you downloaded from the link above and see if that fixes the problem.

If not, you may have an overheating problem. You can check the fan on the card to see if it's spinning and if it's getting adequate airflow.
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