Graphics Display Problem. No Error message. System freezing.

Hi all.

(System Information Below)

Having some bother with my graphics card, from what I can tell.

The card is a NVIDIA GeForce 8300 GS.

The computer boots up with no problems at all, however when I am logged in and start up a game (or any graphics card reliant program) the whole system freezes with no error message, nothing. Sometimes get BSOD too. It also occasionally freezes at the welcome screen. I'm sure it's a problem with the graphics card as when I boot in safe mode and disable the graphics card driver, boot back into normal mode, there's no sporadic freezing.

I'm using a VGA cable from the card to the monitor, is that correct??

I have recently installed Windows 7 and seated 2gb of RAM.

I am also unable to put my computer into hibernation mode, the option is greyed out

So I have tried the following with no success:

Clean sweep of graphics driver and re-installation direct from nVidia
Re-seated the graphics card
Cleaned the graphics card of dust
Tried older drivers for my card
Updated motherboard drivers

Any ideas as to where I can go from here? I have run out of hair to pull out.

OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer Gateway
System Model eMachines E4264
System Type X86-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20GHz, 2200 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date 945GCT-M3 V1.07, 26/06/2007
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Locale United Kingdom
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7601.17514"
Time Zone GMT Daylight Time
Total Physical Memory 2.00 GB
Available Physical Memory 1.14 GB
Total Virtual Memory 4.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 3.04 GB
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  1. Best answer
    1) That card is WAY old and not supported anymore
    2) you increased the RAM to 2GB? Well maybe the RAM isn't the correctly timed ram
    3) as you 'increased to 2GB' and the other specs this is a OLD abandoned hardware. Save your money, go to Walmart, get a i3 Core for $249 and forget about this old equipment. Otherwise by the time you try 'hacking' it to something at the same level, you would have spent 2-3x as much for no real gain.
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