Video card issues after a re-install

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Jesper, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. Jesper

    Jesper Guest

    Hello there,
    I am experiencing a bit of a problem here. My PC was contaminated by a
    virus a couple of days ago and I couldn't find a different soloution
    but to re-install Windows XP after formating the HD. Now I am up and
    running again, but I am having problems with my video card, or
    possibly RAM. The card is an old Radeon 9600 and it is running on an
    even older machine with AMD XP2100+ and 1024 RAM.

    When I start a game and play for a while, my machine crash after 3-10
    minutes. I have googled a bit on this matter, and I scrapped the ATI
    graphics drivers and installed a moddified driver pack instead. After
    that it works a bit better, but "in crowded areas" or "where there is
    a lot happening", computer halts again and I have to pull the plug. I
    just now tried benchmarking with the old Aquamark tool, and there is a
    point where the computer crash (in a scene where there is a lot of
    explotions going on).

    I know that both machine and hardware aren't of the newest models, but
    up till now they have worked quite okay. I guess I will have to throw
    it out soon, but up till then I would like it to work. I have treid so
    far

    Anyone have any ideas on what to do now?

    Cheers!
    Jesper, Jan 18, 2008
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  2. Jesper

    Meat Plow Guest

    On Fri, 18 Jan 2008 11:05:29 -0800, Jesper wrote:

    > Hello there,
    > I am experiencing a bit of a problem here. My PC was contaminated by a
    > virus a couple of days ago and I couldn't find a different soloution
    > but to re-install Windows XP after formating the HD. Now I am up and
    > running again, but I am having problems with my video card, or
    > possibly RAM. The card is an old Radeon 9600 and it is running on an
    > even older machine with AMD XP2100+ and 1024 RAM.
    >
    > When I start a game and play for a while, my machine crash after 3-10
    > minutes. I have googled a bit on this matter, and I scrapped the ATI
    > graphics drivers and installed a moddified driver pack instead. After
    > that it works a bit better, but "in crowded areas" or "where there is
    > a lot happening", computer halts again and I have to pull the plug. I
    > just now tried benchmarking with the old Aquamark tool, and there is a
    > point where the computer crash (in a scene where there is a lot of
    > explotions going on).
    >
    > I know that both machine and hardware aren't of the newest models, but
    > up till now they have worked quite okay. I guess I will have to throw
    > it out soon, but up till then I would like it to work. I have treid so
    > far
    >
    > Anyone have any ideas on what to do now?
    >


    Not much that you haven't done so far. You could run memtest86 (Google it)
    and see if something turns up. You can re-seat the video card, make sure
    the CPU fan is free of dust,,same with the PSU fan and if the video card
    has a fan or finned heatsink, those as well.
    Meat Plow, Jan 18, 2008
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  3. Jesper

    bk Guest

    Jesper wrote:
    > Hello there,
    > I am experiencing a bit of a problem here. My PC was contaminated by a
    > virus a couple of days ago and I couldn't find a different soloution
    > but to re-install Windows XP after formating the HD. Now I am up and
    > running again, but I am having problems with my video card, or
    > possibly RAM. The card is an old Radeon 9600 and it is running on an
    > even older machine with AMD XP2100+ and 1024 RAM.
    >
    > When I start a game and play for a while, my machine crash after 3-10
    > minutes. I have googled a bit on this matter, and I scrapped the ATI
    > graphics drivers and installed a moddified driver pack instead. After
    > that it works a bit better, but "in crowded areas" or "where there is
    > a lot happening", computer halts again and I have to pull the plug. I
    > just now tried benchmarking with the old Aquamark tool, and there is a
    > point where the computer crash (in a scene where there is a lot of
    > explotions going on).
    >
    > I know that both machine and hardware aren't of the newest models, but
    > up till now they have worked quite okay. I guess I will have to throw
    > it out soon, but up till then I would like it to work. I have treid so
    > far
    >
    > Anyone have any ideas on what to do now?
    >
    > Cheers!

    Just try reinstalling again. I know it sounds like a pain, but sometimes
    that just does the trick.
    bk, Jan 18, 2008
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  4. Jesper

    Jesper Guest

    On 18 Jan, 20:55, bk <> wrote:
    > Jesper wrote:
    > > Hello there,
    > > I am experiencing a bit of a problem here. My PC was contaminated by a
    > > virus a couple of days ago and I couldn't find a different soloution
    > > but to re-install Windows XP after formating the HD. Now I am up and
    > > running again, but I am having problems with my video card, or
    > > possibly RAM. The card is an old Radeon 9600 and it is running on an
    > > even older machine with AMD XP2100+ and 1024 RAM.

    >
    > > When I start a game and play for a while, my machine crash after 3-10
    > > minutes. I have googled a bit on this matter, and I scrapped the ATI
    > > graphics drivers and installed a moddified driver pack instead. After
    > > that it works a bit better, but "in crowded areas" or "where there is
    > > a lot happening", computer halts again and I have to pull the plug. I
    > > just now tried benchmarking with the old Aquamark tool, and there is a
    > > point where the computer crash (in a scene where there is a lot of
    > > explotions going on).

    >
    > > I know that both machine and hardware aren't of the newest models, but
    > > up till now they have worked quite okay. I guess I will have to throw
    > > it out soon, but up till then I would like it to work. I have treid so
    > > far

    >
    > > Anyone have any ideas on what to do now?

    >
    > > Cheers!

    >
    > Just try reinstalling again. I know it sounds like a pain, but sometimes
    > that just does the trick.


    Do you mean reinstalling Windows and re-format? Or just video card?
    Jesper, Jan 18, 2008
    #4
  5. Jesper

    Shel-hed Guest

    Don't rule out lousy sound drivers. Has there been a sound card added, with the
    old onboard one being disabled maybe?
    Did you install new ATI drivers at first, or did you use the older trusted ones?
    Newer isn't always better, especially with ATI.
    Is DirectX updated?
    Service packs?



    On Fri, 18 Jan 2008 11:05:29 -0800 (PST), Jesper <> wrote:

    >
    >Anyone have any ideas on what to do now?
    >
    >Cheers!
    Shel-hed, Jan 18, 2008
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