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GF2 Ultra lockup problems

By Walker
Mar 20, 2002
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  1. The GF@ ultra from Tim

    After installing the GF2 i got from Tim i am having lockups and random restarts..I had a Voodoo4 4500 in it before

    Specks
    Asus A7V bios version 1.09
    TBird 1.1
    256 megs of PC 133
    3com nic
    Live! value
    Win XP Profesional
    Maxtor 40 gig
    lite-on 16-X-X i dont remember the other numbers..
    56x cdrom

    Lockups and reboots happen at random times. there seems to be no common time..
  2. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,538   +92

    Ok. When you removed the Voodoo5 did you uninstall the voodoo drivers. If not you should do that now.
    Which version of Nvidia Detonators have you installed for the GF2?
    I suggest you have a read of the GeforceFAQ in my signature and do a search on the forum for "Geforce lockup".

    And don't forget (like I did) about the latest XP driver problems (Infinite loop) just have a read of the existing posts ;)
  3. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 875

    I dont want to be the bad guy here, but I totally suggest you do a clean format and reload when changing out video cards. Then upon reinstallation of the video card drivers I would go with the 23.11's, which are Nvidia reference drivers, and see what you get from there.

    I know a reload doesnt sound fun but its the only true way to rid yourself of the 3dfx drivers and get a good clean install with Win XP.
  4. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,538   +92

    If I am completely honest this is actually what I would do. Its just a lot of people have problems backing data up so that they can do this and prefer to try and keep their current setup.
    If I change CPU, Motherboard or Video card I usually do a complete reinstall as I have a firewall PC that I can back everything up to.
  5. Walker

    Walker Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Format

    Yea i was probably gonna just reformat..sigh.. Just wanted to make sure it really wasnt a hardware issue. becouse the error does say its a device failure.. Oh well guess its time to do it...
  6. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,538   +92

    Unable to load OpenGL subsystem?
  7. Walker

    Walker Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Restarts

    No I dont think so. THis will happen even when im sitting on the desktop. They are completely random...It freezes when in games. Restarts when on the desktop.. Atleast i think thats the pattern...
  8. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,538   +92

    You've done a complete reinstall and it still does this?
    Thats really unsettling.
  9. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    It could be a weak PSU.
  10. Walker

    Walker Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    hey..

    I hadnt really thought about that it is a weak PSU been needing another excuse to upgrade that damned thing
  11. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,538   +92

    A GF2 Ultra might pull more Power than a Voodoo5.
    See if you can borrow Tims PSU before you rush out and buy one.
    I bought one a while back and it wasn't actually needed but the Enermax one I got is really nice and I don't regret getting it.
    I hadn't thought about the PSU as I thought the GF2Ultra and Voodoo5 would have the same high requirements :confused: DOH!
     
  12. Walker

    Walker Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    weak PSU

    i only have a 250 PSU so an upgrade is way needed.. So damned the old man..(tim) lol...there is a 500 watt on pricewatch for around 50$ bucks. anyone have opinions on that one?:confused:
  13. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,538   +92

    its not just max power, its the quality of the PSU.
    Check out this PSU thread for details.
    Enermax, Sparkle, Antec and a few others are recommended.
  14. Walker

    Walker Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Update

    OK here is everything I've done and so far things seem to be working great..

    Droped I/O voltasge on mother board.
    Updateed Soundblast drivers from the Creative site (this made a huge difference for some reason)
    Installed Newest Drivers from NVidia.
    Doing these things cause the problem to be cut in half..But it still happened so i formated and started over. And I havent had an issue since..well ok Textures in Half Life engine games are All neon. but besides that workin great so Far.
  15. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,538   +92

    Thanks for the update.
    When you say that the textures are neon, do you mean all or just the player textures as there was a problem with a previous version of HL that displayed white player models with detonator drivers.
  16. Walker

    Walker Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Textures

    Its actually gunman cronicles I installed..Its all textures. poeple,walls,sky...you name it..and if there not neon they are shodowing or blurring ..its almost like its not refreshing when it does that..But i havent had any issues beyond that one game. Today is the real test. My GirlFriend home all day playing on the computer....
  17. Walker

    Walker Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Again

    OK the problem is back not nearly as often... I have a feeling that the only thing left to try is different drivers.. Which driver version would you guys recomend for win XP profesional ? and what is the best way to make sure i get the current version out first?
  18. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 875

    I have had great success with the 22.80's. I would highly suggest these drivers. I have never had a lockup or a reboot running these drivers. All other detonators have caused my much grief.

    btw, I have always used add/remove programs to remove older detonator drivers..
  19. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    IIRC that neon texture problem is solved by enabling "Altenative depth buffering technique".
  20. Walker

    Walker Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    ok so where do i find the

    ok i cant find the 22.80's am i blind? can someone point me in the right direction?
  21. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

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