Slow Computer

By kimbo.ati
Jul 3, 2005
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  1. My computer recently began to get the blue screen of death shortly after the wnidows xp profesional boot screen loaded. it said something about "ati2dvag" file has an error. I formatted becuase couldn't fix the problem and now my computer is running asif i have 1mb of ram.
    I installed EVERYTHING.

    amd athlon 1800+
    elitegroup (forgot model)
    Westen Digital 40gb hard drive
    2x 256mb pc 133 Ram
    ATI 9200se 128mb PCI
    250w PSU
  2. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,760

    Did you actually format or just do a re-install? Its best to do a full format then install. Ive rarely had XP Pro install go right the first time. The error you were getting was from the video card driver.
    If the computer is running slowing it could be something running in the background or the hard drive needs to be defragged.
  3. kimbo.ati

    kimbo.ati Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 224

    yes, it was a FULL format and i think it may be something to do with the graphics card ? I tryed to play Diablo 2 the other day and it did a test and it said some rubbish about my drivers and my card and i couldn't play it.
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    What was the exact message you got when you tried to play the game?

    I notice that the system specs you gave in your first post, are completely different to the specs in your user profile. I take it you`re using a different system?

    That 250w psu looks a bit suspect to me. Maybe it`s struggling to put out enough power for your system. Especially if it`s only a cheap one.

    Go HERE and use this handy psu wattage calculator.

    Regards Howard :)
  5. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,483

    yes, the psu seems on the weak side, check that out using said calculator. ecs generally makes low quality motherboards, most of which turn out to be flat-out crap. use cpu-z to find out your model. if you have the k7s5a, consider yourself in luck as it was one of the few decent ecs products.
  6. kimbo.ati

    kimbo.ati Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 224

    ok, i did the test i came in at 220 Watts. I dont think its the psu anyhow becuase i was using the computer before it was slow and its played CS:S fine and was running smoothly. Untill recently i got boot up blue screen (ati2dvag error) thats why i formatted and now my comp is running really slow. Could it be the drivers or the card? I did get the latest ATI drivers by the way.

    LOLOL yes i do have that motherboard you said :grinthumb :D:D
  7. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,760

    Did you install the video driver? Try re-installing it.
  8. kimbo.ati

    kimbo.ati Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 224

    I installed the original drivers that came with the graphics card.
    i got a blue screen on boot-up with the same error (ati2dvag).

    This is Really Wierd becuase 3days ago it was running fine :(
  9. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,760

    Uninstall the old drivers and install newer ones, Catalyst 5.6.
  10. kimbo.ati

    kimbo.ati Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 224

    ok, it is running fine accept its still slow.
  11. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,483

    if that was the draw of your components, you are in trouble. a psu has some innefficiency, generally outputting between 65 and 85 percent of thier rated wattage. so when you have a 250 watt model, your psu can only supply 212 watts or lower, ideally. keep in mind psus run best when operating at less than 80% of thier actual wattage output. the bottom line: get a more powerful psu, regardless of whether it causes you problems right now or not. here in chicago 400 watt raidmax models are selling for $21 (USD)

    keep in mind what i said was theoretical, and your psu efficiency is most likely below 70%.
  12. kimbo.ati

    kimbo.ati Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 224

    Ok , ill have to buy a new psu then. To solve my problem im going to just buy a Geforce MX440 instead and sell off the ati. Would that fix the problem?
  13. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,483

    you;d be stuck at your old performance levels and gaming capacities as before, if not lower. no, your best option is to get a beefier psu, as good ones are cheap these days.
     
  14. kimbo.ati

    kimbo.ati Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 224

    ok then thanks for the help
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