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Consistent problems with Nvidia 6200

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January 28, 2010 6:59:35 PM

I have a dual-monitor set-up through a Nvidia 8800 GTS 512.

I added a Cintiq 12WX to my system (essentially another monitor), so I purchased an inexpensive 6200 which I could use to power one of my existing monitors off of a PCI slot.

Unfortunately, with the 6200 in my system I get consistent system freezes, generally at least one every 30 minutes. There is no specific action which seems to cause this. The system will just freeze (no cursor movement). Occasionally it will come back to life on its own after a minute or two ... occasionally I need to do a hard reset. Once I yank out the 6200, everything returns to normal.

Some system specifics:
Windows 7 64-bit
latest nvidia drivers
ABIT IP35-E LGA 775
Core 2 q6600

(Note: I recently did a fresh install with Windows 7, and this happened with both my original Vista installation and the fresh Windows 7 install)

Any thoughts on how to troubleshoot? Are there any bios settings which might be relevant?
January 28, 2010 7:04:03 PM

it is likely that the 6200 is bottlenecking the 8800

try a more powerful gfx card
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January 28, 2010 7:27:17 PM

Upendra09 said:
it is likely that the 6200 is bottlenecking the 8800

try a more powerful gfx card


I think my options are limited with using the PCI slot to power the extra monitor, which is why I ended up with the 6200. I also wanted to stick with Nvidia for both cards to avoid driver issues.

Maybe i just need to go with a video switcher of some sort to toggle between the 2nd monitor and the Cintiq, but it would be nice to get the 6200 to work.
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January 28, 2010 7:29:10 PM

I had a PCI based 6200. I had to use very old drivers for it to work without freezing and throwing driver errors. best to look for a different card. If you only have PCI slots and the cash (less than $75) I would pick up a geforce 9400. It should work with the latest nvidia drivers and is plenty powerful enough to power an extra display.
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January 28, 2010 7:47:14 PM

eddiebishop said:
I had a PCI based 6200. I had to use very old drivers for it to work without freezing and throwing driver errors. best to look for a different card. If you only have PCI slots and the cash (less than $75) I would pick up a geforce 9400. It should work with the latest nvidia drivers and is plenty powerful enough to power an extra display.


Nice to hear I'm not the only one.

Would this be an appropriate version of the 9400, then, considering I don't have an open PCI-e slot?

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-01G-P1-N948-LR-GeForce-9400-...
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January 28, 2010 8:02:42 PM

Yes that will work on your PCI slot
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January 28, 2010 8:16:28 PM

Best answer selected by sclick.
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