CPU Faulty? Plz HELP!

Hi peeps,

I made a post a while ago about my Radeon 9700 Pro that keeps freezing/quitting back to Windows (XP) or resets with Direct 3D Games. What I've done now is I gave my card to a friend to test in his AMD system and I took his GeForce 4 MX440 to test my system with. Conclusion is that the Radeon 9700 Pro works fine in his system, but my PC still freezes/quits to Windows or resets with the GeForce in the Direct 3D games, with the exception that it happens less or you can say it takes a bit longer to do that.

Now I need some expert advice, is it a faulty:

a) Power Supply
b) CPU
c) Ram
d) Motherboard?

I've in the past seen Windows 98 and ME systems do that or give blue screens and when they returned the system they where told it was a faulty power supply.

My system is as follows:

Thermaltake A5000a Case with Thermaltake 420Watt power check @ www.thermaltake.com
Gigabyte Ga-8SG667 Motherboard
Intel P4 2.4b GHz, 533 Bus
512 MB DDR333 Ram
Western Digital WD1200JB, 120GB Hd with 8Mb Cache
Gigabyte Maya II Radeon 9700 Pro
Creative Audigy Sound Card
Creative Inspire 5300 5.1 Speakers
AOpen 48x12x50 CD-RW
AOpen 16X DVD
Genius KB18m Keyboard
Logitech Dual Optical Mouseman
LG Flatron 19" Monitor
3Com USR 56K Mesasage Modem

Funny thing is that it does not happen to me in Quake 3 or Warcraft III (-opengl command line), which is OpenGL games. If anyone has had a similar problem please let me know what is causing this. I would like to narrow it down to one component that is faulty so I can just return that and get a new one. (Custom build system) Unfortunately I do not have another P4 PSU or CPU at hand to test it with atm.

Hope you guys can help.


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  1. I would suggest that none of them are faulty. Have you tried downloading the latest drivers, and, failing that, uninstalling and reinstalling Directx? I've had that problem before. Nice system btw, I'm about to put together a very similar one myself =)
  2. Do you get any error messages at all?

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  3. Thx and well it seems I am able to enjoy my system now.

    I suggest that anyone having problems go into their BIOS and set the CPU Clock, RAM and AGP settings to Manual and use the correct settings for the componants they have, like for me it was:

    Manual Settings:

    CPU Clock: 133
    RAM: 333
    AGP: 66

    I was now able to play a whole round of Tiger Woods PGA 2002 instead of just 1 shot! Big differenct. Dungeon Siege also worked without problems for some time, where it used to last about 30 secs.
    I'll continue to test if further and keep anyone updated if something comes up.

    Thanks for the help

  4. So basically, you overclocked your computer, oh thx for missing that out...

    My sig's faster than yours, and it overclocks better too....
  5. No, read the numbers, he switched from auto to the proper manual settings for his processor and components. Perhaps auto settings did something funky with his RAM timing?

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  6. Erm no, Just manually changed the Clock and Mem to what it should be. O and I am now running the leaked .6200 drivers. Think it might just be that...

    Anyway, it's workling now and thats what is important. Will contunue to test it further...
  7. Oh sorry, I missed out on that. I thought you meant when you put your mem speeds back to default... I apologise.

    My sig's faster than yours, and it overclocks better too....
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