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There is a chance that system overheats. I would start from cleaning dust from internal coolers of computer. Then I would suggest to put additional cooler on Graphic Card if it has passive cooling. If that not sort your problems out then I would suggest to test you hardware. Test Hard Drive, RAM and put some stress tests on CPU and GPU. Good luck!
i think you must update your vga driver... you can use search egine to find it at internet just typing :" driver gForce FX5500" or visit nvidia website choose support/download...find your type of your VGA and download it to your PC. after download install it and they will update your driver aotomaticlly...hope it can solce your problem
Check to see if you can upgrade the bios or set it to 8X if not, then your wasting the potential of the card.
Also, your power suply may not have enough power for all the devices you have hooked in, try unplugging the CD. floppy drive and try booting with just the main componets and see if it blows the PW supply again.
450W should be enough but may be not, depending on how many fans and other devices you have. Plus, the mainboard may not be able to handle it. Its shutting off to protect the system from getting fried.
Again, check the bios, you may be able to set it to a higher output for that Video card. Or even change it to 8x. It is quite old though, you may just have to put in for a new system. Keep all your receipts in case you have to take back that video card.