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HELP!! great fps, then bad frames

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by syco_steve, Feb 14, 2007.

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  1. syco_steve

    syco_steve Thread Starter

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    hi guys i hope some guru out there can shed some light on this:

    ok, heres the deal: bought new hdd200gig
    so I did fresh install of xp on 40gig 5400rpm maxtor hdd
    installed my mobo default drivers then updated then to 5.10 nforce2 drivers
    mobo is an35n-400 amd2500+ 1.8ghz, one gig of patriot mem3200spd.
    bfg-7800gs agp 256mb....
    the issue is the frames persecond i get exsample i can start up pc run gtr2, red orchastra, nr2003, hfl2, css, dod, with great performance then all the sudden down to low fps6 to 12
    i can reboot pc one time and it fixes it then the next it doesnt several restart somtimes fixes it. i have tried putting in different video card with same results....
    Does this sound like a power supply issue??
    i have the 82.16 ncidia driver installed per bfg tech. had used the latest driver but had same issues.... PLEASE SOME ONE HELP!!!:)
     
  2. rolandk10

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    Almost sounds like an over heating problem.

    Reguardless of what the temps say, or what the problem is, I usually suspect some piece of hardware as over heating if the following is true:

    The problem is predictable to the extent that you always seems to encounter it within 5 to 15 minutes or so of using some particular app.

    Rebooting helps for a moment but the problem comes back usually sooner than the first time.

    A fresh boot after a few hours of the machine being powered down seems to give the problem more time before surfacing.

    These are some of the indicators that something is over heating. Could be a cpu, gpu, psu, chipset, hdd etc.

    I've seen problems like strange characters suddenly appearing across the screen. Jerky graphics during a game every 10 or 20 seconds. machine freezes during restart on POST screen.

    The one thing these problems all had in common, besides being related to overheating, were that they all initially appeared to be something else. The strange characters were thought to be a faulty video card which actually turned out to be a dying cpu fan. the jerky graphics were thought to be a memory resident program interfering turned out to be a hot gpu, and the post freeze was thought to be a bad cpu turned out to be an incorrect jumper that set the core voltage too high on the cpu.

    Just for kicks, try running a game or two with the side of your case open and see if the problem takes a bit longer to occur. Some hardware can get just enough more cooling with the increased ventalation.
     
  3. syco_steve

    syco_steve Thread Starter

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    thats , what I have herd, so far over heating.thanks
    I'm glad you mentioned all the different things you did, becuase as I read it, I relized every sinse I and a friend build this sytem years ago, before upgrading video card..ect.. we neverr hooked up the hdd led light... the reset switch, just the power button wire, i do think this stuff started happening, sinse i hooked up the hddled and reset switch gonna remove them and make sure the power wire is on right.. plugs...
    ill repost later... thanks!!!
    also: my gpu temps are at 37c idel and 40to44c after gaming for over an hour... fyi
    and i use mbm5, cpu read 40c at idle under load around 45to52c .
     
  4. syco_steve

    syco_steve Thread Starter

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    This forum can be closed... sent graphics card back to bfg for rmathis
     
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