i have the hercules game theatre xp and mine has the sound errors that you were talking about. this is a known error for them and apparently they dont plan to do jack about it. except they blame it on the newest highpoint raid drivers, which i do happen to have.
at any rate, maybe you need the latest drivers for your sound card.
as for the graphics problems, im not sure, just making a suggestion. do you have agp fastwrite enabled? if so try disabling it and see if that helps any.<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by garett on 01/03/02 11:55 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
There is your problem. This has to be by far the slowest gpu on the market. Its as slow as a 3 year old TNT2. Who gave you the advise the buy that card ?? Unless gaming is not your thing, but apparently it is. You'd would have gotten MUCH better results with a Duron 1.1 and GF2 GTS for less money.
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WHAT! because the onboard sound is not that good!?
WTF! what´s the use then!?
Either supply a soundchip that works or don´t, very simple.
Even my old Abit onboard sound had no problems with sound skipping or any other thing.
Could it be some compability problems, driver issues??
I´ve heard that Epox Kha+ might have a "defective" BIOS, any truth to this?
If so...perhaps that´s the problem, but then again...I´ve read lots of reviews of this board and no one had any problems with lockups of that sort I have.
Forgot, the RAM brand is Namya, Mimya or something, I don´t remember.
Would RAM really have anything to to with intro sequences stopping or bad sound?
I mean, if I can run other apps without problems I should be able to run games as well?.
Your sound/lockup problems sound very similar to the problems I used to have on an old system that I eventually fixed with an updated BIOS flash.
In my case it was a Tyan Tiger 100 dual board with a sound blaster live.
The problem was so frustrating to me since I never knew what was wrong until it just magically was cured with the BIOS flash.
My advice to you: since the system is new and the problem might very well be hardware related, you should do a bit more testing. Specifically right now I would want to know if it might be M/B, RAM, or CPU related. If so try this: physically remove everything but the bare necessities (especialy soundcard and LAN), and run loop mode in 3DMark2K1 for like a day or 2. If with all the crap gone the thing is still locking up, I would certainly be considering replacing bad parts.
Not that I'm hoping you find bad parts, but just that it would be easier to return them under warranty if you do it sooner than later. This 3DMark2K1 test should effectively weed out the weak links.
I had to uninstall all the sounddrivers to make it work.
After I did that I browsed the driversCD and installed only one sounddriver.
I find it odd, isn´t it supposed to work with the drivers that are installed when I run the setup program on the cd?
It didn´t for me...
Now the computer runs fine except for occasionally lockups (happened twice in 4 days), but I can take that.