GeForce 6600GT PCI-E Problem

By shinyranger ยท 14 replies
Feb 13, 2006
  1. Specs:

    AMD Athlon64 3200 Socket 939
    BioStar 'GeForce 6100-M9' Mobo
    nVIDIA GeForce 6600GT PCI-Express
    2G DDR

    Whenever I play any game (WoW, Civ4, etc) The card/computer will reboot randomly, sometimes after a few minutes, sometimes a few hours. I believe it's the card, as Civ4 runs fine on the mobo's integrated card. I have already replaced the 6600GT with a brand-new one, but no dice.

    Any suggestions?

    it is properly seated
    the drivers are up-to-date
    It is on the compatibility list of the games
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    A couple of things for your to check.

    1 Overheating. Check your temps.

    2 Underpowered psu.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  3. Lazareth

    Lazareth TS Rookie Posts: 30

    let me guess, it mostly happens randomly during your wow play, wow is graphics demanding and whether or not your running it on full graphics its still going to push your card, best bet is to get a better powersupply, like 550w should do the trick.
  4. shinyranger

    shinyranger TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I've uploaded a Minidump file from a recent crash to my site. If anyone could help me interpret this, I'd appreciate it...

    This crash actually occured while playing Civ 4.

    I'm curious about the underpowered PSU comment. The video card doesn't have dedicated power inputs for it. Would a too-weak power supply still cause these kinds of troubles?
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    The minidump is in the wrong format. you can upload it here, by either giving it a .txt extension, or just zip it up.

    5 or 6 of your latest minidumps would be better, if you have them.

    A weak psu can cause all kinds of problems.

    What psu do you have? Make, and wattage please.

    Regards Howard :)
  6. shinyranger

    shinyranger TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Looks like a Codegen Model 350XA. Says "All output is extend to 400W max" on the side...
  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Take a look HERE You will see that your psu make is on the to avoid list.

    Now that doesn`t mean that your psu is responsible for your problems, but it could be.

    Can you get those minidumps to me?

    Regards Howard :)
  8. shinyranger

    shinyranger TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Try these. I did RMA the card between the most recent one and some of the older dumpfiles, but the problem persists...
  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    All your minidumps crash with a bugcheck of 9C.

    This is almost certainly a hardware failure of some description.

    (Click to consult the online MSDN article.)
    This is a hardware issue: an unrecoverable hardware error has occurred. The parameters have different meanings depending on what type of CPU you have but, while diagnostic, rarely lead to a clear solution. Most commonly it results from overheating, from failed hardware (RAM, CPU, hardware bus, power supply, etc.), or from pushing hardware beyond its capabilities (e.g., overclocking a CPU).

    Make sure nothing is overclocked.

    Test your ram/hdd as per this thread HERE

    Check your temperatures.

    Check your mobo for leaking, or bulging capacitors. See HERE for further info.

    Disconnect anything not required to run your system.

    Regards Howard :)
  10. X DarthMonkey X

    X DarthMonkey X TS Rookie Posts: 76

    The psu is a 350W...

    Just my two cents :grinthumb
  11. zim90

    zim90 TS Rookie

    Hi Shinyranger,

    I was interested to hear if you ever found the root cause of your problem. I have the exact same issue and configuration. The only differences are that I already replaced the CPU and power supply assuming they may have been causing the problems.......but not so. I've also shut off all background programs while running a single game (Call of Duty) and I'm still experiencing periodic shutdowns.

    So just curious if you ever found your problem and a solution??

  12. X DarthMonkey X

    X DarthMonkey X TS Rookie Posts: 76

    Hmmm... I believe that it was an issue with the AGP aperture size in the BIOS setup. Try messing with that to fix it.

    But always be careful in the BIOS!

    (Directed at Zim90)
  13. zim90

    zim90 TS Rookie

    I thought Shinyranger's video card was PCI-Express......would AGP aperture setting still have an impact?
  14. X DarthMonkey X

    X DarthMonkey X TS Rookie Posts: 76

    Excellent point.... >_> If he doesn't come and explain it himself, I'll ask him Monday afternoon and come back here when I find out.

    So please be patient =)
  15. palladin

    palladin TS Rookie

    how did you resolve the problem same symptoms here!

    please help
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