uh-oh! possible fried video card?

OK here is the situation. My current video card is an ATI radeon 9700 pro.

Over the past 2 weeks or so my PC has been acting up very strange. It would crash 4 - 10 minutes into any game I played (I play LOTS of call of duty multiplayer and also counter-strike source). It crashed in both games.

I tried reinstalling ATI drivers (using a driver cleaner to make sure the uninstall of old drivers went smoothly), I tried installing OLDER catalyst versions... to no avail. it would just keep on crashing.

one of my friends hinted that my video card/cpu might be overheating. so i went down to the compusa and bought myself a can of air to clean out the dust. there was a LOT of dust in the cpu heatsink. I unscrewed the fan and got all that dust out using the air. then i did the video card... but i messed up and held the can upside down and some white substance came out of the can (on the can it says 'it might cause frostburn'... ) it immediately evaporated but i fear i might've caused some permament damage there, simply because i held the can the wrong way.

now the situation is much worse. my computer reboots every 4-5 minutes even when im not playing a game. I ran memtest86 and got a 'unexpected interrupt' 11 minutes into the test.

since i *think* its the video card, i already ordered a brand new ati x800 pro... was this the right move? or do you guys think something else is the problem cause here? i also have a memory stick en-route to add/replace to the old one.


EDIT: should've posted other specs:
windows xp
athlon xp2700+
512mb ddr pc2700 (@ 340mhz)
aopen ak79d-400 max motherboard

EDIT#2:
original symptoms were that my computer would just hang (totally unresponsive). I would have to reboot it manually with the reset button.


<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by tflorkiewicz on 06/06/05 02:21 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
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  1. is the fan spinning on your hs for your vid card?

    also the freeze that you caused most likely didnt do any damage(the computer was on when you were doing this, was it?)Ive personally "froze" many a component without it causing any damage.

    I wouldve first checked to see if your vid card hs/f was working properly(ie: fan spinning and stuff like that) then underclocked the gpu and memory, then if i was having problems well, then upgrade.

    but i guess it doesnt really matter now that you have already ordered the card.

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  2. Yea the computer was 100% unplugged when i was doing this :p

    Yea the fan on the hs is spinning. how fast i have no way of telling ... no sensors...

    i can still cancel my order which is why i'm asking this.
  3. i honestly dont think it is your video card but we shall see.

    are you having problems running and resource hog programs such as norton or adobe products?

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  4. why don't you think its my video card?

    and mcafee turns on fine... for the first 4-5 minutes until the computer auto-reboots.
  5. try running it in safe mode. see how long it stays up.


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    why don't you think its my video card?

    well normally if your gpu fails ati has an automatic recovery thing that popsup(i believe its called gpu recovery :smile: ) have you OC'd your graphics card any? also try downclocking the gpu and memory of your video card, we'll see where it goes from there.

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  6. hmm... :/

    is there a way to test the cpu?

    and i have not overclocked this video card at all. it was fast enough as it was, i'm not an oc freak...
  7. did it run fine in safe mode?

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  8. unfortunately i can't try it right now i'm at work busy trying to earn some of the money i know this is going to cost me :(

    i doubt it will run in safe mode though, because it crashed memtest86, and that runs in dos mode...
  9. if it is crashing when you run memtest, its probably just your memory, you might want to see what some of the other users on here say.

    i didnt notice what you said about memtest earlier :redface: sorry.

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  10. I hope it's my memory actually. I had ordered some new memory about a week ago b/c I just wanted more than 512 mb. It should get to my house today.

    Thing is memtest86 doesn't report failure... it halts due to 'unexpected interrupt', showing me a stack dump on the screen.
  11. what kinda memory did you order?

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  12. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145407

    CORSAIR ValueSelect 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 333 (PC 2700)

    same speed as the one currently in my computer... just another 512 stick.

    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by tflorkiewicz on 06/06/05 04:01 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
  13. you can do dual channel with your mobo to, i would try it with you rnew stick and if it works fine maybe try both and see if it is stable with dual channel setup but, im not sure if your current ram is good, unfortunately.

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  14. yea i was wondering about the dual channel... do i turn that on in bios? is it hard to set up?

    if the old stick is bad ill just get another one. ill try running the computer with the new stick alone first to see if that is the problem...

    btw thanks for all your help so far man.
  15. nah its not hard at all.

    what should have to do is just put both sticks in the blue colored(i think its blue on your mobo) ram slots on your motherboard and when you reboot it should tell you at the post screen that you are running dual channel, youll notice a big jump in performance with programs running dual channel :wink:

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  16. what kind of PSU are you using? if it's a generic one, I've heard of cheap ones causing similar problems. I agree with PhukFace though that it probably isn't your video card, it is more than likely your memory because of it crashing memtest86. When you get your new memory you could try just using that one new stick and see if the problem still happens. If it still happens you might want to get a good video card cooler like the VGA Silencer Rev. 3 by arctic cooling.
  17. Yeah, I have experienced the same thing with a cheap power supply. As soon as I upgraded my video card I started getting reboots every once in a while. It got more frequent, so I replaced the PSU and no problems since. But the memtest error is a concern. Because of that, I would most likely think it was the RAM. The power supply is probably one of the most overlooked things in reboot problems in my experience.
  18. Have you tried upping the memory voltage?

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  19. just put in the new stick of memory (and took out the old one): corsair value select 512mb pc2700.

    i also reorganized the power wires and disconnected both my cdroms (cdrw + dvdr) to lessen the power consumption.

    the situation got a bit better: my computer doesnt seem to reboot during normal use now. however after playing just a few minutes of a game it crashed (not a reboot this time, just a 'this application has performed an illegal operation', like the original errors i was getting.

    what is a good reliable brand of psu's? I think this is the next component I will replace.

    Why and how would I up the memory voltage?
  20. UPDATE

    I used a program called AIDA32 to list all system specs. this is something very peculiar that i found. Look at the voltages:

    http://img300.echo.cx/my.php?image=aida9rt.jpg

    some of them are off by ~0.3-0.4 volts! this can't be normal can it?
  21. Quote:

    what is a good reliable brand of psu's?

    antec, fortran[sp?] are good ones, thermaltake makes a nice quite one with a passive heatsink.

    Quote:
    Why and how would I up the memory voltage?

    you can up the voltage thru your motherboard bios settings.


    also when i look at the pic you voltages seems a little dry so it couldnt hurt to get a new psu, i think you can get a 560w for like 90 bux now, which isnt bad.

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  22. Another good brand PSU is the Enermax Noisetaker series.
  23. yes yes that was the other one i was trying to think of last night before i went to bed :smile: thanks!

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  24. well this morning i tried to turn on my computer and my motherboard informed me with a female voice 'It seems that we have a problem'. haha. I guess aopen took a different approach to the standard beep-beep-beep on POST... Long story short the computer just wouldnt turn on. I noticed that the PSU was whirring louder periodically... not like it should be. It'd whir low... then for a few seconds it'd whir loud, then back to low, etc.

    anyway I will go to get a new PSU after work today. Here are my options:

    http://www.compusa.com/products/products.asp?N=200089&Ne=200000&Ns=mfg_name|0#sort1

    which of those would ya guys recommend? or are they all sh*t? if so, then I'll just order a thermaltake from newegg and wait a week w/out a computer :(

    i need enough power to run the following:
    amd athlon xp2700+
    dual pc2700 2x512mb
    50x cdrw
    48x dvdr
    4 usb ports
    1x hdd 7200rpm
    sound blaster audigy2 zs sound card
    ati radeon9700pro (possibly upgrading to a x800 pro...)


    also as a side note, thank you to phukface... I'm running dual ddr channel now, it DOES seem faster, especially with game loading. My game loaded in like 3/4 of the time it took before. but then it crashed 3 mins later :)
  25. I will get one of these (depending on which they have in stock)
    TruePower 430 Watt Power Supply
    SL400 Solution Series 400-watt ATX Power Supply

    both by antec, both dual fans...
    both overpriced (judging by their newegg prices...)
    if they have the truepower one i'll get that one.

    good/bad choice?
  26. I have a TruePower 430 and it is a performer. It is running my system flawlessly for 2 years, even after upgrade last year.
    Gigabyte 8KNXP Ultra-60 board
    Prescott 3200
    Gigabyte 3D Cooler Pro
    ATI X800XTPE
    ATI TV Wonder Pro
    3 - 7200 rpm hard drives
    Plextor 712 DVD burner
    2-gig Corsair 2-2-2-5 RAM
    PCMCIA (PCI) card reader
    Flopppy


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  27. wow... then that should be more than enough for my humble-compared-to-yours setup.

    hope they got it in stock.
  28. yeah im running a 480w and that thing is more than i need, im sure youll be pleased with it.

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  29. Got the Antec TruePower 430 watt, been running rock solid for 2 1/2 years. Its quiet, and voltages are very stable. This is what I am running on it.

    AMD Athlon XP 2400+
    Asus A7N8X Deluxe
    Corsair XMS 512MB DDR400
    GeForce4 Ti4200
    2x74GB Raptors in RAID 0
    80 GB WD w/8MB
    Plextor 708A DVD-RW
    Plextor 48x24x48 CD-RW
    floppy

    My System:
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  30. yup i got the truepower 430w.

    hooked it up to the system.... and it crashed again.

    after that i took the whole system apart and dusted off all the components. I also took the heatsink off my amd processor and reattached it with new thermal grease.

    i also took out the battery so the bios reset to default values.


    and what do you know... it works!

    however, i am currently running @ 1.3ghz instead of the usual 2.4 ghz that my cpu is capable of. what should i set the ratio & fsb to?
  31. Your Athlon XP 2700+ does not run at 2.4 Ghz but at 2.167 Ghz. To set that, change the FSB to 166 and the multiplier to 13. That will yield your 2700+ speed. Since its running stable at 1.3 Ghz but crashed before at 2.16 Ghz, I am thinking its your CPU overheating. What CPU cooler are you using? My Athlon XP 2400+ stock cooler wasn't good enough for me. It wouldn't crash during gaming, but would freeze and reboot during video encoding. I switched CPU coolers to a Thermaltake Silent Boost with Artic Silver paste, and it runs about 8C lower. Rock stable now, even when F@H has been running 100% CPU usage for 12 hours. If I am correct I am pretty sure the 2400+ and 2700+ both used the same bundled stock cooler. If it couldn't cool mine, I doubt its good enough to cool yours. Also, I see you have your memory running at 340 Mhz for DDR333 memory. You didn't mention the name of your memory. You could try to relax the timings on the memory in the BIOS and the memory to run at FSB 1:1, which will run the memory at DDR33 (PC2700). I would say it has to be a overheating issue or a memory issue.

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