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hello all, first visit here. having a some computer problems that no one has been able to fix in the past few weeks. here is my system...

amd xp1800+ 1.533mhz
abit kg7 RAID mobo
512mb 2100 DDR micron
geforce ti2 64mb DDR vid card
win98se
400w atx amd approved power

ok, my computer locks up. its not very frequently but certain things make it go nuts. i can lock up doing anything but some things more than others. for instance, i can go into paint (comes with windows) and start drawing curved lines and lock my comp up within 5 minutes.

i lock up while playing video games online, playing games on yahoo.. using ms word. random stuff. paint is the only thing i know of that i can almost lock my comp up on demand.

i have done a lot to check for whats wrong. here is where i am at now...

-reformatted and clean install win98se with all mobo drivers and windows updates drivers done
-tried all video card drivers from past 9months
-switched out memory modules, tried 1 stick of 256mb alone, then the other, then together. same results in all situations
-temp seems fine. cpu is 45C and system 23C.
-pulled comp apart, cleaned everything and reassembled


so anyone have any ideas? im willing to try anything at this point
thanks a lot
 

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Have you checked your VM?

What is your virtual memory set at?

How about your drivers are the all up to date?

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Sounds like it could be the video board, do you have another one of any sort you could swap in? Since this is likely a hardware issue, the easiest way to troubleshoot it will be parts swaps.
 

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virtual memory.. have it set to let windows handle it.

drivers all up to date for everything

going to try a new vid card as well.. just gotta find one

thanks ;-)

any other ideas?
 

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having reformatted and all that other stuff it is definitely hardware issue.

Does your motherboard have an on-board graphics card? Is it disabled? If not try it. If no on-board graphics then strip everything out (including souncard) except the graphics card, disable all peripherals in the bios and boot up. If the problem still arises then its the definitely the graphics card. If not, then one by one put your devices back in giving enough time to test them individually. It may sound tedious and drawn out but it is the only way to test a complex machine like a pc.

While your at it, you may want to consider upgrading your OS to 2000 or XP as your system spec is a very heavy load for an operating system which was developed five years ago- something never really thought of. This may be causing probs itself.

Get your hands on a cheap graphics card first(if no on-board card) in-case it is a Mobo issue.
 
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