I've just bought a new MSI K88M-ILSR motherboard with Sempron 3100+ processor and a couple of sticks of DDR - the supplier hs assembled the kit and 'sink tested' it for me.
I have loaded the kit into my old PC case - its a 'Maxpower' something but a few years old). Western Digital 7200 HDD.
My problem is that the NVidea GeForce 5200+ I've put in the AGP slot is resetting itself only in Windows. Originally it wouldn't show a screen at all, but judicious changing of BIOS options to wake AGP on powersave seemed to sort that out. The screen is now going blank for a moment as if it's changing resolution - which it's not. This seemed to start happending when I installed DirextX 9B from a game vendors disk. Tried with an older hercules card - same problem.
I've also had problems where if I boot sometimes the keyboard doesn't respond or responds oddly (pressing keys causes the screens to minimise) and occasional hard disk crashes.
No problems with the on-board PCI card btw - just the games don't like this.
I'm running windows ME (old old version because I've reinstalled via Win 98 SE because the vendor told me to).
Do you think my power supply is just unable to cope with the additional strain of the AGP, or is it a faulty motherboard?
Any comments appreciated...