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Steffen Lewenhardt Dec 08, 2003, 12:08pm EST Report Abuse

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Chris McNally Dec 08, 2003, 12:23pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: a7n8x-x and geforce 4 ti 4200 - very strange video problem
These kind of problems are often memory related, especially with Asus boards and Nforce chipsets. If you have two memory modules, remove one and see if the problem goes away.


Chris McNally

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Steffen Lewenhardt Dec 10, 2003, 03:25pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: a7n8x-x and geforce 4 ti 4200 - very strange video problem
Thanks for the suggestion.

Today i replaced my single memorystick with a new one, the problem persists. I have not the slightest clue what could cause this behaviour. Since Max Payne is my indicates pretty fast if the problem is solved or not, i ran it, without sound and at the lowest possible settings - after 5 seconds in the game the screen got all colorfull and pixely again, computer froze, as usual. Whats even more weird is that i can now reproduce this effect - whenever i try to send a message to someone via Trillian (an all-in-one messenger program) that error instantly occurs, before i can see the chat window open.

What else could be the reason for this error ? I have absolutely no clue as for what to do.

Chris McNally Dec 10, 2003, 04:22pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: a7n8x-x and geforce 4 ti 4200 - very strange video problem
Does Event viewer give you any clues? In your position I'd reinstall windows with the single Dimm, in case memory problems during the install corrupted any of the files.


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ROY G Dec 10, 2003, 04:46pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: a7n8x-x and geforce 4 ti 4200 - very strange video problem
Go to safe mode uninstall all vid and monitor drivers then go to regular screen and install driver for vid card .Good luck

dave follett Dec 10, 2003, 05:45pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: a7n8x-x and geforce 4 ti 4200 - very strange video problem
If your getting a pixcelated screen it is a memory issue, but not your system memory, it is gonna be the memory on your graphics card mate.
Mentor seemed to being having trouble with some of their Nvidia T14200 128mb range and have been replacing problem cards with the FX5600 256mb.
Best bet is just take it back and get it swoped over for a new one.

good luck

PS. Watch now as everyone one here with a working Mentor ti4200 graphics card suddenly develops a fault lol

Steffen Lewenhardt Dec 11, 2003, 05:30am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: a7n8x-x and geforce 4 ti 4200 - very strange video problem

starfox x Feb 25, 2004, 10:39am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: a7n8x-x and geforce 4 ti 4200 - very strange video problem
hi all,

i have spent the last 30mins reading everyones replies.. and also many hours trying to solve this problem..

my spec.
amd 2200+ 133fsb
asus 7n266vm m/b
512 266ddr ram
60gb hhd
gainward gf4 ti4200 64mb ram
driver den. v.53
350w psu
Windows xp pro
direct x 9

i too hav the same problems as you. 2d seems to work fine, however when running a 3d game/benchmark it will crash/hang/ even coloured lines will appear on the screen. the only thing you can do is reset my pc. If i do reset my pc, the coloured lines still appear in at the bios stage. this means i need to turn off the pc for good, then turn it on again. then everything works ok, until you run i my 3d game again.

I hav found that to improve the stabilty of games, try running games at a higher resolution i.e 1024*768 or higher in 32bit colour - this seems to crash less. with quality settings on i.e FSA*2

it is not an over heating issue, as the card not not feel hot when it crashes. cpu avg temp 39c, motherboard temp 28c. and yes the fan is spilling well in my gf4 card. and doesnt crash in windows at all.

it seems to be a problem with direct 3d. Try switching your games to run in OpenGL mode. i tried it last night and UT ran for 3 hours without a single crash. If i run UT in direct3d mode, it will crash within 5mins - coloured lines/system hang. most games run in direct3d. so if possible switch to another mode. if u change to your game to run in software mode, i am pretty sure your card will not crash.

i will try switching back to directx8.1 later today. perhaps this may help. as gf4 ti4200 was designed for directx8.1.

I dont think it has anything to do with voltages - all my monitors say it is running well at 3.3v, 1.7 v core, and 12.9V. Windows xp 2d seems to be find.

i will try the power management settings in my bios later to se if this makes any difference.(i.e turning off all power saving settings in bios/windows).

But my biggest tip change to opengl mode ! ! (seems stable)

Heard v30 drivers are better, so i downgraded - did not work for me.

Spent months on this problem. will give up and buy a new card at the weekend! :(



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