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Every so often, the PC crashes.

This message comes up on re-start:

Computer restarted after unexpected shutdown.

Possible device failure:

Driver for 3Dfx Interactive, Inc. Banshee seems to be responsible for the system instability.

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Random reboots are usually caused by heat, memory, driver issues or the power supply. You can view the event log for clues as to what may be happening. Go to start, my computer, right click manage and view the events. Look for ones with a red x at the time of the event. Right click properities to view the details. You can also send a message to M$ and view their knowledge base for possible fixes.

Since you already suspect it is a driver issue, look for a driver update for that device.
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It doesn't report any problems on the 3Dfx Interactive, Inc. Banshee device.

This is my only display adapter -- what happens if I disable it?
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why don't you try installing that driver?
right click on "My Computer" -> Manage -> Device Manager
this would tell you if there is any problem with any of your devices.
If you see any warning sign, consider re-installing that driver or searching for a newer version.
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why don't you try installing that driver?
right click on "My Computer" -> Manage -> Device Manager
this would tell you if there is any problem with any of your devices.


Already tried that.

No warning signs.

Says it's in working order.
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Ain't nuthin' but a "G" thang, baaaby.

Somebody heeelp.
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that is an old videocard that is likely failing. I suspect you need to purchase a new card.
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^ Any recommendations, Gezza?
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Before throwing it out, where'd the driver you installed come from? Did you remove the device in device manager and reboot ?
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Before throwing it out, where'd the driver you installed come from?  Did you remove the device in device manager and reboot ?

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Driver has been on the PC since day 1, I presume...

The problem with it only started when I upgraded to Windows XP.

I didn't remove the device for fear that I wouldn't be able to use the computer properly, as it's the only device listed under "display adapters".

Thanks for the feedback.
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Hi.
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by remve, I mean go to device manager, right click, choose uninstall...reboot the machine. Windows will reinstall the driver on reboot.

I suspect bad display adapter, tho
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