Question about Nvidia GeForce2 MX400 Graphic Card

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Thank you and I have some questions to ask, please?

Hello good day to you p1agu3. I’m very thankful and appreciative of your help and resourcefulness and yes I have a CRT monitor. I think the reason why I get waves in the display image and the screen resolution at times resizes for itself after booting up and restarting and the scroll bar on any window moves for itself very quickly up and down and the time in the notification area on the task bar shows the wrong time at times is because of the DirectX 9 I installed some years ago but now I stopped updating the DirectX. I remember reading on Microsoft web site that DirectX 9 can make Windows XP unstable and probably the NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400 cannot support DirectX 9 settings that’s why I’m having these problems. I’m not sure just guessing here but it could be possible but I asked people who have Windows XP and had installed DirectX 9 on their computer and they said they don’t have any problems but I might to correct about the video card. What could also be causing the waves in the display image are probably devices that give off electrical signals similar to cellular phones because as I mentioned in my first post when I have my cellular phone close to my computer and I’m receiving a text message I see waves on the monitor screen.

By any chance would you know what would cause your mouse to stop responding after a minute or two (2) of ‘sit back’ thinking? The desktop is still accessible with the keyboard when that happens well that means the computer isn’t freezing it’s just that the mouse refuses to respond. Do you think it’s the mouse connector or the mouse itself or the age of the computer or corrupted system files or insufficient memory (RAM) or the DirectX 9 upgrade? I asked three (3) technicians one told me that he gets the same problem and said that it’s the connector. Another told me that it could be age or the mouse itself. I can’t remember if any said it could be memory (RAM) or corrupted system files and so on as mentioned above. My system initially had 256 MB of DDR RAM and not too long now I upgraded to 512 but the mistake I made was that I forgot to keep taps on the mouse problem before I sent my computer to get checked out but since it came back after a format and reload I haven’t had any mouse problem as I normally would. So I really don’t know if the upgrade to 512 MB solved the mouse problem or the format and reload. How unfortunate because I have a cousin who is encountering the same mouse problem. I tried other mice while the computer was on, tried disconnecting and reconnecting the mice while the computer is on also and I found that the only thing that solves the problem temporarily is rebooting like I use to do with mine. My cousin’s computer has 512 MB so I’m guessing it can’t be insufficient memory (RAM). It’s either age or corrupted system files and I think I’m ruling out age because I have used old systems and they are old and they don’t give trouble. I know in the early days they use to use good quality material and now a days it’s all about cost effectiveness but I’m not saying that components can’t go bad.

As you can see I’m not an amateur. I’m probably between beginner and amateur but most likely closer to beginner. Well you have to start somewhere right? Can’t expect to know things off the bat!

P1agu3 you think by reinstalling or probably updating the BIOS will reset the mother/system board? I’m thinking it might help to set back everything to DirectX 8 but do you think you will have to format and reload if you reinstall or update the BIOS? I believe I read in a computer book once that mother/system boards have reset buttons and I think I also read that if you reset a mother/system board it’ll erase everything and you will have to format and reload. I’m not one hundred percent (100%) sure but I think I remember that correctly.

Oh one more thing you wouldn’t know the power supply requirements of the PNY VCG62256AEB GeForce 6200 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X Video Card? Thank you in advance!

Thank you again p1agu3.

Take good care and enjoy your day.

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Wow, what a post! =) I'm not complaining; that's a lot of useful information to try and help troubleshoot. I wish everyone did this. Also, I'm happy to try and help out, Chris. Maybe you could help me out on other stuff, too. =)

Let me attempt to isolate and individualize each problem you are having. Rarely, several problems we experience are due to just one problem with the computer. It seems that given these symptoms, though, that is unlikely to be the case. Some of them sound like they may be hardware-related others are probably issues with software.

1.) Any old card, including a GeForce 2 MX/MX400 *should* be compatible with DirectX 9.0, 9.1, etc. Assuming you are running 2000/XP, and not Win98/Me, any latest version of DirectX is moderately to extremely unlikely to be causing any problems we've seen here. If anything was bugging up with DX, you'd see errors pop up since, as far as I know, it is built outside of the kernel stack as a module. I'd just get the latest version of NVIDIA Drivers as well as the latest version of DX9 (the last supported version in XP).

2.) The monitor "waves" aren't completely interfering with what you see, right? To confirm that it is definitely some sort of interference, the waves shouldn't look like pixels flying across the screen, but more like some sort of vibration as if you hit the monitor on the side. A big proponent of this stuff happening to your screen may be a nearby electric fan. I had this same problem over the summer this year. Since I have a cellphone and often set it right next to my CRT, and I have a 780watt 7.1 system with speakers on top of my monitor, I doubt that either of those are doing anything silly to your monitor. The magnets in the speakers are probably too small.

3.) The 6200 should be absolutely fine in your system if you have a 350watt PSU. It started out as a budget graphics card and so doesn't draw a lot of power at all. It isn't going to bring an insane world of difference to your gaming, however.
If you're looking for a significant graphics boost, you may wish to try the AMD HD3850. You may or may not need a new power supply for that. It's hard to say.

4.) I would not try to reset or update the BIOS of your motherboard. Especially if you have an older one, this can prove to be difficult. None of the problems you're seeing seem to relate to that. Reformatting your hard drive and reinstalling Windows XP (you'll lose all your data that isn't backed up somewhere else) might prove successful with regard to the mouse problem - and maybe other problems, too. It does sound like it might be that particular USB port on your motherboard, though...have you tried moving it to a different one and seeing if that will work?

No need to worry about being an ameteur, buddy. We were all there once, and I like to think I still am so I'm not a ******** to others. =) Hopefully this helped...peace!

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