Weak power supply symptoms?

Hi All,

OK...I am really curious about this before I go buy a new power supply. I've currently got an A7V w/ a T-bird 900 (not OCed yet) and a GF2 GTS. I recently installed Win2k fresh and have been experiencing some crashes randomly. Mostly they have been while running the OpenGL flower box screen saver...it just freezes. I have been wondering for a while now weather or not my 250W Antec PS is too weak for the T-bird and the GTS. The AMD page says it's good through a 950MHz, but everywhere I've seen that I should get a 300 regardless with a T-bird.

So my question is what exactly are the signs of a weak power supply? Freezes like this? Or is this due to something else? I'm running the 4.25a VIA drivers.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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  1. could be, the gts takes alot of power.

    that would be the first thing i'd chage.

    300w ps's are pretty cheap now anyway.
  2. i just saw a site that had a link labelled
    patch for win2k agp with athlon/duron....

    u might want 2 check it out.

  3. Pretty much all problems you can experience can be attributed to a weak power supply, Random lockups, reboots, strange error messages ect can all be attributed to a power supply gone bad, 250w is on the low side for your pc
  4. I would have a 300w power supply for any of the newer AMD processors.

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