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Steven
July 23rd 03, 12:06 AM
I just upgraded to a gainward Ge-Force Fx 5200, 128mb, 8X AGP. And my
computer freezes a lot, usually when I'm playing games, like battlefield
1942, or Unreal tornament, but it also freaquently freezes when I'm watching
movies too. I've tried the driver that windows XP suggested and then tried
the latest Detonator dirver 44.03. I've also uninstalled and reinstalled,
and nothing has helped.
Does anyone have anyone suggestions?
What is a WHQL driver, is it different from the detonator?

Thanks

Keith Clark
July 23rd 03, 12:18 AM
Steven wrote:

> I just upgraded to a gainward Ge-Force Fx 5200, 128mb, 8X AGP. And my
> computer freezes a lot, usually when I'm playing games, like battlefield
> 1942, or Unreal tornament, but it also freaquently freezes when I'm watching
> movies too. I've tried the driver that windows XP suggested and then tried
> the latest Detonator dirver 44.03. I've also uninstalled and reinstalled,
> and nothing has helped.
> Does anyone have anyone suggestions?
> What is a WHQL driver, is it different from the detonator?
>
> Thanks

WHQL is a test suite from Microsoft. Having a "WHQL driver" means that it has
passed the test suite both at the vendor and at Microsoft and is fully certified
by Microsoft. Such a driver "should" in theory be the most widely compatible. I
did a quick search and came up with this description :

http://www.altsoftware.com/newsletters/whql.pdf

How many watts does your power supply handle? Is it at least 350 watts? These
cards require a lot of power especially when playing games.

One test I would do is monitor the power supply voltages while starting up a
game. See if the voltage sags while playing. That would indicate a too weak
power supply.

Hopefully someone else will have a better idea...

--Keith

Bigguy
July 23rd 03, 03:23 PM
This sounds like one of two things... either Power Supply is not up to the
job or the FX is overheating....

Suggest a 400W+ PSU...

Does the PC freeze up solid (with a repeating sound sample) and need a
reboot?
Check FX fan is OK first, mo/bo + CPU Temps, have a look at the case
cooling - try opening the case and touching the FX heatsink...

Try with the side off and a fan aimed at the FX... any better - get some
case fans - two at rear + one at front... ;-)

Guy

Should be able to run 3DMark Demo for hours without freezes....
Steven wrote:
> I just upgraded to a gainward Ge-Force Fx 5200, 128mb, 8X AGP. And my
> computer freezes a lot, usually when I'm playing games, like
> battlefield 1942, or Unreal tornament, but it also freaquently
> freezes when I'm watching movies too. I've tried the driver that
> windows XP suggested and then tried the latest Detonator dirver
> 44.03. I've also uninstalled and reinstalled, and nothing has helped.
> Does anyone have anyone suggestions?
> What is a WHQL driver, is it different from the detonator?
>
> Thanks