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Problems with ABIT VT7 and PNY nVidia GeForce 6600

By CWLG7691
Sep 4, 2005
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  1. Ok, I have had my ABIT board for over a year, and was running an older GeForce 5200 without problems. I wanted to upgrade, but ever since I have installed the new card, the system will go to a black screen, and sometimes will reboot. (this usually happens when playing WoW, but has happened once or twice on the system itself). I have reinstalled WinXP, replaced the power supply, replaced hard drive, updated CMOS, downloaded the new driver dated 9-2-05 for the 6600, and even tried a new VT7 motherboard... nothing. I have done several virus scans (using Norton 2005) and spyware scans (using Spybot) but no dice. I have 1G of RAM, and a Pentium 4 2.4 Ghz CPU, with VIA chipset.

    This is about to make me go crazy. Is the VT7 just too old for the 6600?
     
  2. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    Your board should be compatible, as it's agp 8x/4x compatible. You did get an agp 6600, and not a pci-e 6600 correct? If you do have an agp 6600, you probably just got a dud card if you have issues, since you've tried most everything else.
     
  3. CWLG7691

    CWLG7691 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah, it is an AGP.

    Is there a good diagnostic tool to test my video card?
     
  4. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,382

    Hello! Welcome to TechSpot

    Try going HERE
    select the OS you have. Try the new hyperion 500a via chipset drivers.
    They have helped with quite few similar prob's.
    I have same board with 6800..
    I hope this proves to help.
    G'Luck
     
  5. CWLG7691

    CWLG7691 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, tried that. Didn't work either. It seems like it is getting worse. On occassion, it won't even get past the POST test, and occassionally complains about a corrupt Windows file (a different one each time) or a checksum error. I have run virus and spyware scans, but nothing shows.

    I am about 2 seconds from going to the dark side (which means I will take it to a tech, and pay someone money for something I should be able to fix).

    HELP!!!!!!
     
  6. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,382

    This is starting to sound like a ram prob..
     
  7. CWLG7691

    CWLG7691 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I was thinking along the same lines. But when I got a brand new RAM chip, same thing. I am almost positive that it is something to do with my video card. I think tonight I am going to put my old card back in, and see what happens. If that fixes it, well, then I have an extra 6600. I'll drop it into my kid's computer (which is blasphemy, because it is a AMD Athlon 1.2 Ghz, and only has 512 RAM, but might actually help it along)
     
  8. duanester

    duanester TS Rookie

    hi, assuming your using xp, remove the old driver first iether in add and remove programs or in device manager, to get to device manager right click my puter and hit properties, a dialog will appear, click hardware tab then hit device manager, in there double hit display adapters, then right click the appearing adapter then hit uninstall.

    close everthing and you will be prompted to restart, restart the pc, upon restarting windows will detect your card and try to install drivers, click cancel and put in your driver cd for the 6600 or get the driver from nvidias site http://nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp

    run the driver and restart when promted, your done, have fun :)
     
  9. CWLG7691

    CWLG7691 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    and so it goes on...

    Ok, here is the latest. I fdisked the whole thing. pulled every card, save the 6600. reinstalled windows. reinstalled all the chipsets, onboard sound, etc. reinstalled the 6600 drivers. rebooted about a million times. installed the network card. got online. got the newest bios and chipset drivers. installed those. rebooted a million more times. got updated 6600 drivers. rebooted again. downloaded all the windows updates. reboot a few times more. So now the system is full stripped, and basic. I start to install WoW. hangs during the installation, and when I moved the mouse, it rebooted. (oddly enough, when it rebooted, it reverted back to the original settings in my task bar. I had hidden a few icons, but they returned). so I delete the partially installed game. Reinstall it. was downloading the updates for it, and it locks. the screen simply goes blank, and the monitor goes into a power saving mode. No HD light, no sounds of anything working. just hangs. can't ctrl-alt-delete. kill the main power switch. sit and wait. try to turn in back on. Nothing. Not even a post test. change out the ram chips. nothing. restore the original bios. nothing.

    This is truly messing me up. I have never had such problems. and I have about replaced everything:

    motherboard
    hard drive
    ram
    bios battery
    power supply
    video card
    Windows

    HELP ME BEFORE I GO INSANE!!!
     
  10. joemailey

    joemailey TS Rookie Posts: 35

    I found this on somewhere else after searching all day. i going to try it when i get hom hopefully it will work.




    Hope this helps.
     
  11. blackbox

    blackbox TS Rookie

    This problem i know of first hand, nVidia has had compatiblity problems..........

    http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_77.77.html

    This version of drivers could prove to help your problem!!!
     
     
  12. joemailey

    joemailey TS Rookie Posts: 35

    i downloaded newer drivers same problem http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_78.01.html

    I just can't wait to get home to turn of fast write n see how things go from there. if i last longer than 10mins on Counter Strike source. it has resolved the problem.

    If not i give up might reformatt see wat happens :)

    but all signs go toward fast write.
     
  13. blackbox

    blackbox TS Rookie

    Good Luck!!!
     
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