A complicated Everquest problem

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I know there are plenty of threads about EQ freezes but I haven't seen any resolutions that work for my problem.

My computer freezes completely forcing me to unplug it to reboot. The freezes only seem to happen while I am in, what would be considered, indoor areas in the game. These freezes are random and don't seem to be connected to specifically graphic intense areas(i.e. I am facing a wall and can crash or in a crowd but always in towns or dungeons).

I've upgraded my chipset from both the Via webpage and the E-Machine. I've upgraded to Direct X 9(had same issue with 8.x). I've upgraded all sound and video drivers to current. I've upgrade my power supply from a 250w to a 400w. I've removed my modem and made space for the video card to avoid heat issues. I've had a household fan placed next to the open case and it still froze so it's not a heat issue with the video card. I've deleted files, as directed by eq support, and had them patched with no result. I've completely re-installed EQ and all its modules up to Planes of Power. I've run a benchmark test on the video card and it showed no problems. I've run a packet loss test and have no problems with my ISP.

What else can I possibly do to get this game to run? I've seen a lot of people saying they have similar issues and are also running AMDs. Is there anyway to test this without having to replace the processor? Also, could the geforce card be the issue? Would a Prophet 5400 be a better choice for a video card?

Thanks for any help.

Sys specs:
E-Machine T2460
Win XP home
AMD Athlon 2400 Via chipset
384 megs DDR ram
Geforce 3 TI 200 video card
Sound Blaster PCI
Cable modem connection
 
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I had a similar issue in SWG with my MSI GeForce 3. I also run an AMD processor. One of the things that I did was to go into the BIOS and disabled my AGP port acceleration. Only go into the BIOS if your comfortable with that sort of thing though - and write down the old settings in case your changes make things worse.

AMD Athlon XP 1.4 GHz
Abit KG7
4x256 MB DDR RAM
MSI GeForce 3
Promise FastTrak100TX2 RAID
4X40 GB WD HDD (Striped)
 
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