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my nvidia geforce3

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i recently had a power surge (i think, there wasnt any storms) and it took out my power supply, and maybe my nvidia geforce 6800 OC. i cant verify that because i dont have a spare 420W power supply to test my video card. i orignally thought that it was blasted since when i put in a 350W i got a constant whistle, which the BFG tech said that it was a sign that it wasnt getting enough power. This is why im not quite sure if the 6800 is fried since i think 350W is enough, but i could very possibly wrong. i would like an opinion on that please.

secondly, for the mean time, i play world of warcraft with this geforce 3 that i am using, i get frequent crashing (usualy within 10 minutes of play), and i am forced to restart via the reset button on the front of my tower. I receive no errors when i log into windows or any other unusual behavior. Another thing is that i used this video card prior to buying the 6800 OC and i had no problems so im rather confused on possible options. thanks for any help ahead of time.


also i loaded the latest drivers and ran ad-aware for the geforce3
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How old is computer? How long have you been having this "freeze"?
Just once in awile at 1st & then gradulally have gotten worse?

Your CPU Heatsink & Fan Assembly is probably clogged with dust & causing CPU Temp Power Down. . . .Cool air has to blow down into the heatsink and blow out the sides & eventually out the back of PC. . .power supply fans are working ?? should be 2 . .

Clean Heatsink and fan assembly & reseat Video card . . . if it has a fan . . .clean it also. . .

Do you have have a PC Probe Monitor utility installed that will measure Temp & voltages in Windows?? If you have CD for your motherboard . . .Browse thru that & look for a measuring utility...Install and monitor

I think that was "Root Cause" of your original problem . . . What do you mean by a power surge?? Your 350 Watt supply was probably ok & might still be good to use, if you still have it. . . .did you have it replaced by 450 watt??

What all has been replaced? Did your Tech have to remove motherboard to replace Power Unit . . .Did it ever work after Power supply was replaced??

I would look over the PC very closely & look for wires / power plugs hanging loose. . .

Is PC working or not?? That constant whistle was probably temp warning . . . try cleaning PC. . . if ~ 2 years old . . . it is about the right time. . .do all your fans work especially CPU. . .check to see if it is plugged in . . .this would sound alarm . . .

Edited by Jack123, 23 July 2005 - 10:07 PM.

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