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Sep 17, 2003
This is sort of on the XP forum, but I don't know how to move the thread or delete it. But I think I've ruled out XP issues for this problem, pretty sure it's a hardware fault of some sort.

Quick(as possible) summary: Video card fried last week on my 2 1/2 month old computer(fan gave out, overheated). Monitor went black all of a sudden, when I went to fire the computer up, the only things that would work were the processor and vent fans. No hard drive clickage, nothing. Sent computer in to company I bought it from for repairs. Got it back yesterday, supposedly with new video card, and a new processor fan. I say supposedly because looking at this card, I think they just put a new fan on my old one, which obviously wouldn't cut it.

Games wouldn't play on it(used to work fine before). Yesterday they would load up and work for 30 sec.-2 min and then either freeze the system up, or else close down with the "file made an error, would you care to send a report to Microsoft" box. Also had numerous blue screens. Tried to fix it by d/ling updated drivers, uninstalling/reinstalling video card, etc. Nadda

New video card(better quality) and RAM(doubled it from PC 2700 512 to PC 3200 1 gb) came in for me today. Tossed it all in the system, reformatted my hard drive, reinstalled everything from scratch. Installed Warcraft III off the CD...it worked for about 10 minutes, and life was good(though there was some flickerage). And then it froze up the system. Again.

Went to Yahoo Games on Demand again, downloaded the player, downloaded NeverWinter Nights, started it up, it worked for about 30 seconds...and closed down with the error box. Again.

The only improvement is that I'm not getting blue screens due to savrt.sys problems anymore.

It's not a Windows issue...it's a fresh install of Windows. It's not a driver issue, I don't think. I've got all the newest drivers(even for the motherboard). Hell, my Norton isn't even expired now cause of the fresh install. I downloaded all the drivers before the anti-virus, so I dont' think that it's the anti-virus-corrupts-drivers thing..

The new RAM cards seem to work fine, so I don't think it's that. The video card seems solid, and the display adaptor panel in the hardware controller shows A-OK, so I don't think it's that. There's adequate cooling(BIG CPU fan, nice fan on the video card, 2 ventilation fans, and one extra vent for intake).

Nothing else appears to be broken. I surf fine, sound is fine, I burn discs fine, it downloads fine. It just Will. Not. Play. Games. For. Me.

I'm dead out of ideas. Anyone have a clue what the problem here is?

Other general specs:

It's an AMD XP 2700 Plus
2 Elixir 512 MB PC 3200 DDR RAM sticks
Apollo Bloody Monster 3 GeForce FX 5600 card
Asus A7V8X-X motherboard(VIA KT400 VIA VT8235 chipset)
80 GB hard drive-Maxtor
350W power supply(Generic)
Using Norton VirusScan Online and personal firewall(trial version)
May 21, 2004
I was having the same problem. Now I have a new Norton Security coffee coaster. Norton says they have a patch to fix the problem, but it didn't work for me. :D
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