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Random lockups

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by evilmrhenry, Dec 14, 2001.

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  1. evilmrhenry

    evilmrhenry Thread Starter

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    Ever since I installed the ATI xpert 128, I have been having lockups. I am almost certain that the card is causing the lockups because they only appeared after I installed the card, and they disappear if I set the 3D acceleration to none.

    I am running the newest drivers, have checked for conflicts, and have even reinstalled Windows. Nothing seems to help.

    I have a chance of running into a lockup if I run Internet Explorer, or play certain games. When running other games, the computer will lock up after a certain time period. (Along the lines of 5 seconds)
     
  2. kitmac

    kitmac

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    Hi,

    This could well be software related, drivers or something to do with your OS setup.

    No doubt, a lot of members will give you suggestions about that.

    But I had a similar problem with random lockups on my system. That ended up being a 4-page post here.

    Took 8 months of hard work to pin the problem down to the mainboard hard disk connector/controllor.

    So if the lockups are happening when the hard drive is having to work hard (like with my system), that means the hdd controller might be the problem.

    One more thing - it'll be easier for people to give you suggestions if you post a detailed description of you Hardware and software setup - CPU, mainboard manufacturer, chipset, ram, drives, etc...


    Best Regards
    Kit
     
  3. evilmrhenry

    evilmrhenry Thread Starter

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    I knew I forgot something.

    I have a Compaq Presario 5441,
    K5 or K6 processor running at 450 mh

    128 megabytes of ram upgraded from 64 (bought after the system became unstable),
    ATI xpert 128 PCI with latest drivers,
    (however the old 3D accelerator (SiS 530) is still in there, unremovable)

    The only components I have upgraded are the memory, (extra 64 megs) and the 3D accelerator.

    I am almost certain there is nothing besides the Antivirus software running in the background, but I have had the hard drive work for periods of ~3-6 seconds for no apparent reason.
     
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