PC freezing every 5 mins, 3 times r

February 10, 2009 at 01:27:00
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Pentium 4, 3066 MHz (23 x 133); 1024 MB (DDR SDRAM)
I am using a Pentium 4 3.06 Ghz,Windows XP Professional(service pack 3),Intel brownsville Motherboard, 400 watt SMPS, 1 Gb ram, 120 gb HDD (40 & 80)modem, Lan card,256 mb ATI radeon x800xt card. Coming to the point, when i 1st got the card, i had installed its org. ATI drivers and it seemed to work perfectly the way it has to. What happened was, certain games, it wasnt giving the desired graphics and when i came across Omegadrivers.net site, i realized that this card still has a lot to give. so i downloaded its drivers, and as per their readme, i uninstalled my org. drivers to install omega's. As far as I can recall, after the restart of the machine, the PC started hanging 2-3 times repeatedly between every 2 - 5 mins. Each hanging takes place only for 4-5 secs. Initially i wasnt bothered & thought it was due to the game i was playing but later realized that from the time i start my pc till i shut it off, this event keeps taking place. Otherwise, the PC is fast, it acts normal, everything is perfect but only this "act of fits" keep taking place which is really worrying me. I ignored the fact 1st tht it could be the new drivers and thought maybe its my 40 gb HDD (i upgraded my pc to 120 gb (80 gb primary and 40 secondary) 3 days bk), & so i thought i'll format the 40 gb and install the 80 gb as primary, load windows, start fresh again. Now, after the installation of the windows, im noticing the same prob again, still i installed your drivers and history is still taking place.
I uninstalled omega & reinstalled the org. drivers, still the same.
I do not know what to do, Is it the drivers? or my machine having probs but the fact of the matter is, the probs started after installing the new drivers. Can you please help me?.. I desperately need your advise. I dont think its a hardware prob coz da machine is working fine xcept 4 dese hiccups (fingers crossed). I have no probs in opening ne windows or applications. ANY & EVERY SORT OF HELP/ADVISES U PROVIDE ME WILL B OF GOOD HELP FOR ME. Appreciate your kind reply & VERY DESPERATELY AWAITING YOUR KIND ADVISE ON THIS MATTER. Thank you in advance.
(please note that i do not have any internet connection whatsoever, so spywares are out of the question. I have also scanned the whole new machine, ddt find any viruses as well)


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#1
February 10, 2009 at 07:33:54
Have you tried swapping out your memory? Sounds like 1 stick may have gone bad. See if that helps. If you only have one stick you may want to run a memtest to see if it's ok.

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#2
February 10, 2009 at 08:25:35
Did you overclock the graphics chip?

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#3
February 10, 2009 at 09:30:58
Have you just tried going back a couple of weeks in SYSTEM RESTORE? Sometimes the easiest solution is the one that works.

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#4
February 11, 2009 at 01:36:26
xpuser, thnx 4 ur suggestion, as u may kno, i only have 2 slots 512 mb ram each, & in da pc config, it shows 1gb. but ill try out that idea you gave by swapping or trying it on 512 mb & c if da prob still persist. by da way, how do you run a memory test?

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#5
February 11, 2009 at 01:42:47
othehill, I havent overclocked the graphic chips on my own. I do not know if anything like that would have taken place while installing the Omega's drivers for the ATI card. but i think its not a software issue anymore coz, after formatting of hdd & before installation of card drivers, the pc was still showing the same signs.

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#6
February 11, 2009 at 01:47:39
KWB, thnx 4 da suggestion. I havent tried that and i do not know how to go by it. I mean, will the current game files & other developments go off when i do the system restore?.. wht changes can you expect and could you advise how to system restore it?.

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#7
February 11, 2009 at 07:19:07
alex

I asked because overheating of the GPU can cause permanent damage to the chip. Overheating can occur with overclocking or cooling fan failure. Of course GPU failure can happen without overheating too.

There may be other causes for that behavior too. Check Device Manager to see if the graphics is sharing an IRQ with another high bandwidth hardware device.


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