It seems that my Nvidia Geforce FX5200 256mb PCI (yes i know, PCI sucks go get AGP, unfortunately I cant, and even if i can, my mobo supports AGP4x AND theres no slot there, it was removed when i bought it...)
anyway, every time i play a 3dgame (half life 2, counterstrike:source, halo, any 3d app) it locks up at some point for awhile and continues where it left off, then I continue playing and *BAM* stupid lockup comes back in again and sometimes forces to reboot!
there may be a solution, i just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by sw--
screw that, but it may have somethign to do with my power supply and its not 250w (i gotta check) but before i reach the conclusion of buying a newer PSU, i'm open to suggestions
[Has WINDOWS XP]
Downgrading to older drivers, no good
Turning down the sound hardware acceleration by a notch (the sound loops while locking up)
i think thers more, but again, im open to suggestions
Also, im open to suggestions for a good PCI gfx card thats not from Nvidia
MSI K9N4 Ultra-F Socket AM2
Windows XP SP2
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ AM2 (65W)
120gb harddrive @ 7200 rpm
1024mb PC5300 DDR2-mushkin Enhanced Performance
HIS Hightech ATI Radeon x1600xt 128mb PCI-E16x
Want to enjoy fewer advertisements and more features? Click here to become a Hardware Analysis registered user.
Sorry dude, Halo 2 will not work well with PCI. It's just how it is.
Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.
AMD Phenom 9850 || DFI Lanparty 790FX-M2RS || 8GB OCZ Platinum || XFX 7900GS XT ||
Check eBay computerman_89
At the risk of sounding like an Nvidia fanboy (I'm really not), I don't think this sounds like an Nvidia problem , in the same way it wouldn't be an Ati problem if you had that brand of card.
Usual causes of these lockups are ram issues, excess heat, iffy PSU or dodgy drivers. I personnaly think this is an overheating probem; to troubleshoot this, take the side panel off and have a desktop fan blowing into the case while you're playing, see if the system still locks up. If it does, you could try running on a single dimm if you have two, or apply a little more voltage to your ram if the bios allows for it. Check your drivers are WHQL certified, and then try swapping out your PSU.