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Reboots and crashes

Got a GeForce 6200 (Asus N6200) 128MB card yesterday. Replaced my old GeForce4 MX440-card with the 6200 (after uninstalling previous drivers), got the latest drivers from nVidia's website and installed them. Everything worked fine. Logged on to WoW and after a little while my LCD (G15) indicated that the card was running at about 59c.

The framerate was horrible, and I had lots of flickering textures, objects, and user interface elements. I also had weird lockups where the system would freeze for seconds at a time. That kept on for as long as I was online. Logged off, and went to sleep. Today I went to the store where I bought the card, got a fan to cool the 6200 card. Installed it tonite, logged on to WoW, same problems.

Here I also disconnected a ZIP-drive I had in the PC to provide even better airflow.

Also noticed that logging off would take longer. Not the "Windows is closing" box, but after that the desktop would be visible for about 30 seconds before closing.

After a lot of rebooting, upgrading (or rather downgrading) of drivers I logged on to WoW to test the graphics again. No change. All off a sudden, the sound in my speakers just starts beeping. High pitched and constant. Exits WoW, beeping sound stops. Logs back on, beeping sound returns.

I restarted again, realized I had no startup sound. Checked the list of devices, sound card was there. Tried the sound test, no output. Did driver upgrades from Creative's web site, no luck. Uninstalled the card, rebooted and installed new drivers, no luck. Logged on to WoW just for the sake of it. Framerate is all of a sudden excellent. Game runs great...

...for about 5 minutes that is. Then I get the regular lockups again, with a reboot following. After startup I get a message about windows recovering from a hardware error, the driver for "NVIDIA GeForce 6200 by TweaksRUs2" is the reason behind it, and it apparently couldn't complete a drawing operation.

This happened several times, last time my sound card magically re-appeared, but i still have got no sound output.

The sound card is a Creative SoundBlaster Audigy. There have been some quirks with it, but never any loss of sound after constant beeping.

My PSU is a 250W one. The BIOS system stats shows that the PSU fan is running at about 1700RPM, indicated in red. The PSU still provides a steady flow of cool air.

The flashing is unrelated to the GPU core temperature. The initial "effects" occured when the GPU was at about 50c. Idle temperature is normally at about 40c, and the reboots and lockups occur at 44-48c, i.e. normal values.

I have one rear fan for exhaust, one in the front for intake, and one mounted next to the card that pushes air out through a card slot. There is also a fully working CPU fan, and the fan in the PSU. Idle temp for CPU and MB is about 35/35, and working temperature (f.ex. when on WoW) is about 57/39.

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Re: Reboots and crashes


A few things you can try:
1. If the sound card Creative SoundBlaster Audigy is an add-on card and your mb has a built-in soundcard, perhaps you have to disable it in the CMOS/BIOS and not only in Device Manager;
2. Verify that there are no IRQ conflicts or sharing between the Creative SoundBlaster Audigy and the GeForce 6200. Alternately, you can try switching the soundcard to another slot;
3. Verify that the mb allocates IRQ 5 for the sound card in the CMOS/BIOS.
4. It might be worth your while also to upgrade your PSU from 250 to something higher (even a 500 probably).

Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Posted on Nov 03, 2007

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