I recently got an Nvidia 9600 card and installed it. Well, ever since Wrath of the Lich King came out, I've been having issues with black screen crashes. I got RivaTuner and upped the fan cycle, so now it only crashes once or twice a day instead of every 5 minutes. I tried a memory diagnostic, but I couldn't for the life of me get my computer to boot from the CD, even after changing the boot order to put the CD ROM drive first. And I tried F12 -- the boot from CD option.
So -- is there a diagnostic tool that does NOT require making a bootable CD or floppy (I have no floppy drive, do they even make them anymore?) that I can use that will tell me if it is a memory issue or a power supply issue?
All the diagnostic lights are off, but I think that's normal function because I can't remember them ever all being on and my PC has been working just fine up until now.
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What kind of memory card are you talking about? If it's one of those cards from a camera, PDA, etc, it should be on the front of the computer, if you purchased that option. The normal XPS 400 does not have a memory card reader.
Background info, a Powercooler 9600 PRO EZ was most probably manufactured by C.P.Technology in Taiwan. I am sorry to say that quality wise, this company is rather low and to my understanding, a lot of their products has to be returned/replaced even new. On the other hand, the old Nvidia MX4000 might have been manufactured by Palit, also in Taiwan but has a better quality control as of the time of production. The MX4000 though only uses 128Mb of memory but runs them at 275/400 (DDR) MHz clock speed compared to the 9600 PRO 200
(400) MHz. The slow memory onto the PowerColor RADEON 9600 PRO EZ 256MB had a really
bad effect on its performance.
To your concern, the ECS 845GV-M3 (V1.0) uses AGP Express but should not cause a problem to either the 256 or 128. since it is working with the 128, then it would be safe to say that the 256 is defective. if the 256 will test OK in another motherboard, then it would be a compatibility issue, try setting the CMOS/BIOS to default and see if it will work.
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On your Dell computer is a service tag. Contact dell with that number and they will tell you what card is installed in that computer.
XPS usually contain either an ATI or an NVidia card. Thats about all I know. I had to replace one with a newer video a few months ago for a client of mine because Dell didn't support the machine and couldn't pinpoint the model number of card. I know on the website there are about 4 to 6 of them to choose from.