GeForce FX 5500 problem causes monitor to sleep!

By girl_askew
Jan 28, 2006
  1. Ok, here's how it started. I used to have a GeForce MX440, until it died a bitter death. I replaced it with a GeForce FX 5500 purchased at TigerDirect, thinking it was a better card. Here's what happens. With the MX440, I was able to play all kinds of games (Warcraft, CSI, Doom) with no problem. When I replaced the 440 with the 5500, I could still load Warcraft, but about 30 seconds into the game, the monitor would shut off. I would have to manually restart the computer to get it back up. So, I tried re-installing drivers for the video card and updating the motherboard drivers. I tried removing the card and putting it back in. Whenm that didn't work, I thought it may be windows related, so I uninstalled XP and formatted my drive and re-installed windows. That didn't work. The monitor kept turning black after about 10-30 seconds.

    I read that the onboard sound might be conflicting with the video card, so I disabled that. I disabled the onboard video thinking that that might be the problem. Nada, zilch, nothing. It's gotten so bad now that I can't even load XP (unless it's in Safe Mode) without the monitor shutting off. I'm assuming this is a video card issue, but I can't figure out what the issue actually is. I've searched and searched and I'm two steps way from taking it to a computer place to get looked at, but I wanted to see if I could get help on here first.

    Here is my set-up:

    CPU Type AMD Athlon XP, 1833 MHz 2500+
    Motherboard Name Gigabyte GA-7VT600 1394 (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 3 DDR DIMM, Audio, LAN, IEEE-1394)
    Motherboard Chipset VIA VT8377 Apollo KT600
    System Memory 1024 MB
    BIOS Type Award Modular (09/24/03)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
    Communication Port Printer Port (LPT1)

    Video Adapter nVIDIA GeForce FX 5500
    3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce FX 5500

    IDE Controller VIA Bus Master IDE Controller
    SCSI/RAID Controller VAX347S SCSI Controller
    SCSI/RAID Controller VIA SATA RAID Controller
    Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
    Disk Drive MAXTOR 6L040J2 (40 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/133)
    Disk Drive WDC WD2500JB-22GVA0 (127 GB, IDE)
    Disk Drive IOMEGA ZIP 100 USB Device
    Optical Drive SCSIVAX DVD/CD-ROM SCSI CdRom Device
    Optical Drive SONY DVD-ROM DDU1621 (16x/40x DVD-ROM)
    Optical Drive TOSHIBA CD/DVDW SD-R5372 (DVD+R9:5x, DVD+RW:16x/8x, DVD-RW:16x/6x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/24x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW)
    SMART Hard Disks Status OK

    C: (NTFS) 238464 MB (89567 MB free)
    D: (NTFS) 38170 MB (38010 MB free)
    Total Size 270.2 GB (124.6 GB free)

    FireWire Controller VIA VT6306 Fire II IEEE1394 Host Controller
    USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
    USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
    USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
    USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
    USB2 Controller VIA USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller
    USB Device USB Human Interface Device
    USB Device USB Mass Storage Device

    DMI BIOS Vendor Award Software International, Inc.
    DMI BIOS Version F4
    DMI System Manufacturer
    DMI System Product
    DMI System Version
    DMI System Serial Number
    DMI Motherboard Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
    DMI Motherboard Product GA-7VT600 1394
    DMI Motherboard Version 15X
    DMI Motherboard Serial Number
    DMI Chassis Manufacturer
    DMI Chassis Version
    DMI Chassis Serial Number
    DMI Chassis Asset Tag
    DMI Chassis Type Desktop Case
    DMI Total / Free Memory Sockets 3 / 1

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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