I've been trying to assemble a new pc over the last three nights with way too much of a problem.
I'm installing an FIC AZ11 M/B with an Creative Labs Annihalator Pro 32 MB GeForce card and a Sound Blaster Live value. A Duron 800 and 128 megs. I'm using Win98 (first edition) and fresh drivers from all of the sites.
My problem is this: All of my 2D apps seem to run fine, BUT, as soon as I run a game, it's guaranteed to lock up within a few minutes. This happens with both Unreal, NaPali, and Q3. When it locks up, the screen freezes, it goes into an endless sound loop and the keyboard is dead. Also, about 10% of the time, the PC refuses to find the CD-Rom. I've tried 3 different CD cables, and it still happens. So far, I've formatted 4 different times and my last load was just the OS, drivers, and video card set at AGP 1x and it still locked. I didn't even have a sound card installed yet.
Is this time for me to get an RMA and return what may be a defective board? Or, am I just missing something here?
Huge suggestion, make sure your powersupply is a 300w AMD APPROVED power supply!
GeFroce cards suck LOTS of power from the mobo, and so do AMD's!
Combine that with your issues, and I do believe that your power supply may not be able to handle the load. (Your card is going to draw more current as graphical loads increase).
Who is "General Error" and why is he reading my drive?
the power may be an issue as most nvidia based boards require 6 volts from the agp port, when the standard is only 5.23 however some boards can push that much power and thus the vid cards run fine...look at your documentation for the board specifically the power out put to tha agp port and reference that with the demands of the card, if the board is lacking your only choice may be to underclock the card. You can do this with an app like powerstrip.
Keep honking I'm reloading.
I do not have multiple personality disorder...my doctor says we are getting much better.
I installed a 300 watt Turbo power supply from pcpowercooling. Very expensive but my FIC AZ 11 board with a 700 Mhz Duron runs rock solid. I have two harddrives, a CD-Rom, a Cd-RW, network card, modem and Rage 128 video card and no problems. I really think upgrading the power supply is a wise idea.