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ati x800xt, fx-53, abit av8 mobo, gig ram, crash problems, built computer myself

By Tyler98133 ยท 34 replies
Jun 20, 2005
  1. bitpump

    bitpump TS Rookie

    I may have an answer to your problem

    I had the same problems, mainly crashing during games. I talked to Monarch Computers tech support. They suggested setting the AGP speed to X4, the aperture to 32meg, and turning off turning off AGP fast write. This helped but did not stop all the crashes. On my own I tried changing the AGP board voltage (AGPV). It is by default at 1.55v, when I changed it to 1.50 it crashed as soon as I started Half-Life. I set it to 1.60 and it crashed once in three days. I set it to 1.65 and it has been running for 2 months without a crash.
    Also make sure your PCI clock is 33mhz. When I got my system it was set to 34mhz, this caused clicks in my speakers and I think caused some blue screens.

    My system.
    ABIT AV8
    Athlon 64 3000
    ATI 9600 pro
    Audigy 1
  2. Coral Sea

    Coral Sea TS Rookie

    I was having a problem with random crashes while running UT2004 with my recently acquired ATI AIW X800XL card. I backed off the RAM timing from 1T to 2T and that seems to have solved the problem. I have AGP Fast Writes and AGP 8X enabled. I did not have any problems with my previous MSI 9800XT card with 1T RAM timing.

    My PC specs:

    1.5 Gig RAM (OCZ PC3200, single channel)
    MSI K8N Neo Platinum mobo (socket 754)
    AMD 64 3000
    ATI AIW X800XL
    Audigy sound card

    Now that the random crash problem seems to be fixed, I will be re-overclocking from FSB 200 to 225 to see if UT2004 will run under the higher FSB. All my other apps ran fine at FSB 225 and 1T RAM timing but I put the PC back to stock FSB to see if that would make the random crashing go away. It seemed to minimize the crashing but it did not cure it completely.

    I'll update this post if the 2T timing has not completely cured the problem.
  3. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    Turn off AGP fast writes, let your X800XL do the work (isn't that what you paid all that money for?). Leave your RAM at 1T and turn your DRAM ratio to 166/200. Here's a really good blog I used to OC my rig to 2.45GHz, my specs are in my profile. http://forums.extremeoverclocking.com/showthread.php?t=107925
    Good luck.
    PS. I run HL2 and CS.S and now as of last night COD2 with 1024X726 4XAA with absolutley no probs.
  4. Coral Sea

    Coral Sea TS Rookie

    Thanks for the tip. I thought that AGP Fast Writes tells the PC's CPU to bypass system memory and write directly to the video card's memory. At least that's what ATI says.
  5. Coral Sea

    Coral Sea TS Rookie

    2T or No Dice

    I tried all sorts of tweaks but the only way I can run UT2004 without crashing (video card is ATI AIW X800XL) is to set the system RAM to 2T. I know this degrades overall performance but I can't notice the difference in real world computing and game playing.

    It's a shame because all of my other apps run just fine with the RAM set to 1T.
  6. Coral Sea

    Coral Sea TS Rookie

    New Power Supply Helped

    I think the problem with my AIW X800XL card crashing during UT 2004 with 1T memory timing was due to having too many devices on one connector of the power supply. I bought a new OCZ ModStream power supply and have the video card powered by one lead and the fans, lights, etc. and drives on other leads.

    UT 2004 runs fine now with 1T memory timing. I probably didn't need a new power supply (just needed to spread the load) but the OCZ was on sale. The old power supply actually had a higher rating (600 W) vs. the OCZ, which is only rated at 450 W.

    I should have clued in when the lights on the front of my case would dim or fluctuate when the video card was getting a work out.
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +36

    My system is almost the same, only my mobo is an ASUS A8V-E and I have TwinMOS RAM. Works fine without any problems.
  8. SlowRide

    SlowRide TS Rookie

    Hello Everyone.

    I'm having the same problem. My system:

    MSI K8N Neo4 Platnium
    ATI AIW X800XL
    AMD Athlon 64
    Geil Ram(2x512)
    Soundblaster Audigy2 ZS

    I get the same screeching sound. I've taken out my soundcard. Still same problems. I've tested my ram numerous times. Its starting to crash more often. It used to just crash when I was playing a game on very high resolution. Now even if I have it running on low everything it still crashes. I've updated drivers for everything, excpt for the Bios. I've read that ATI is having trouble with their drivers. I'll try some of the things mentioned on here.
  9. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    Easiest thing to do is pull out one stick of RAM and then run. Swap them out to see what happens. What kind of PSU do you have. Another easy way is to unplug extras like 2nd HDD, or the CD/DVD and just run barebones CPU/RAM/HDD. This will check if your PSU is being over taxed.
  10. SlowRide

    SlowRide TS Rookie

    I ended up reaplacing my power supply because it wasnt getting enough power to all of the things in my computer. This has pretty much fixed the problem with the entire computer crashing. Some games still crash but I think thats becaseu of the drivers for my Graphics card. I dont know if this helps anyone, but I would check and make sure you have enough wattage to power all of your componets.
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