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ATI RADEON X300 problems

By powerslave_5th
Nov 3, 2006
  1. Hi
    i have a big problem, i have a connect3d ATI RADEON x300 vidcard with 256MB, a P4 3 ghz processor and 512 mb of ram, and i have the latest vid card drivers.
    it happens that when i try to play a game, for example, Max Payne 2, i start playing for about 1 or 2 minutes when the pc suddenly frezzes to death, i cant move the cursor, ctrl+alt+del is useless, im forzed to reboot the machine using the button in the gabinet, i cant do anything, what could it be?

    thx in advance
     
  2. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Hello and Welcome to Techspot!! :)

    Your video card or CPU may be overheating. Check their temps using a program like Everest Home Edition, or SIW.

    Regards :wave:
     
  3. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    Possibly an overheating problem. Download CPU-Z and it should list the temps (can be changed to fahrenheit as well). Here's the download link:

    http://www.cpuid.com/download/cpu-z-137.zip -Courtesy of cpuid.com
     
  4. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    What a coincidence, the same posts at about the same time!
     
  5. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    1 minute difference cfitzarl :haha:
     
  6. powerslave_5th

    powerslave_5th TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    ok thx, the temps of my pc when im surfing the net are 108 F on processor and 102 on motherboard, what can i do to solve this problem?
     
  7. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    That's actually a good temperature for a Prescott CPU. Does your X300 have a fan on it? Is it working properly?
     
  8. powerslave_5th

    powerslave_5th TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    no it doesnt have a fan..:eek:
     
  9. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    It may be running too hot. Open up your case, and clean your whole computer using a can of compressed air, especially the CPU's and GPU's heatsink, and your PSU too.
     
  10. powerslave_5th

    powerslave_5th TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    yo tmb soy mexicano, podrias decirmelo en español? no te entiendo en lo del aire comprimido
     
  11. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Ahh que bueno, a ver si no es contra las reglas de Techspot, pero ni modo :)

    Abre tu PC, y limpiala usando aire comprimido, sobre todo en el heatsink del procesador, en el de la tarjeta de video, y en la fuente de fuerza o de poder (PSU).

    For TS mods: Please don't edit this post, he didn't understand what I said in English :)
     
     
  12. powerslave_5th

    powerslave_5th TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    ok thx man,
    i hope thats the only problem, because the pc is brand new, 2 days since i got it
    if its not that, what else might be?
     
  13. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Ehh, you have only two days with your PC?
    Then it can't be that.

    What about the PSU (fuente de poder)? How many watts does it have, and how many amps (amperios) it has on the +12V rail. Checa la etiqueta de la fuente de poder para saber.
     
  14. powerslave_5th

    powerslave_5th TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    i cant find the info, :dead: ,no encuentro la etiqueta de los amperios, si es eso que es lo que debo hacer? o crees que sea algo del bios?
     
  15. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Debe de ser una etiqueta como esta:

    [​IMG]

    Y creo que eso no sale en BIOS....
     
  16. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    Lo siento, mi español es terrible. La etiqueta de los amperios esta en una caja arriba del (motherboard) en la computadora. Hay un etiqueta de los amperios en esta (website):

    http://www.techspot.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/1107/cat/501

    Si no comprende, dígame...
     
  17. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    Damn it, you beat me again! It took a ton of time to atempt to translate that paragraph (probably didn't translate well either).
     
  18. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Lol man :haha: Necesitas checar mas seguido tu User profile :haha:
    Buen español Cfitzarl. Se entiende muy bien :)
     
  19. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    Hablo en español mejor :haha: y tambien cuando escucho!
     
  20. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Maybe we should take a look at TS in spanish :)
     
  21. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    Maybe, but I´d be using a translator quite often :suspiciou
     
  22. powerslave_5th

    powerslave_5th TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    i dont have that info, i will have to take it to some technician, or what do you think?
     
  23. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Ahh, "technicians". Forget about them.
    Does your PSU even have a sticker on it?
     
  24. powerslave_5th

    powerslave_5th TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    nope, where is that sticker inside the gabinet? let me open it

    teamspeak? i dont have mic, but maybe messenger
    i appreciate your help man

    i found it, it says exactly

    AC INPUT: 115V 60HZ 6 A / 230V 50HZ 3 A

    DC OUTPUT
    YELLOW.- +12V 19A
    RED.- +5V 28A
    ORANGE.- +3.3V 15A
    BLUE.- -12V 0.8A
    WHITE.- -5V 0.5A
    PURPLE.- +5VSB 2A

    eso dice, tienes msn messenger?
     
  25. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Well, 19A for your setup should be good. The X300 card doesn't require too much power, so you're fine.

    BTW, check the Everest program again, and now look out for the video card's temperature.
    Also, when "gaming", aim a desk fan to the computer, especially for the video card, and see if that helps.

    Regards :wave:
     
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