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by Terry Browne / November 29, 2010 2:38 PM PST

My computer freezes pretty often. That means twice a day or more.It seems to be a heat issue. My GPU is extremely hot most of the time. So I want to buy a new one without spending a lot of money.

I use my computer to surf and watch occasional clips and sometimes real life sports. I never play games. I have this Mobo and I am not sure what kind of card I should get. I know it has to be an AGP, but not sure if there are different connectors for different AGP card. Can someone please give me an advise?

This is what I have:

Computer
Model : MICRO-STAR INC. MS-6728
Workgroup : WORKGROUP
Host Name : XXXXXX-XXXXdb89
User : XXXXX

Processor
Model : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.60GHz
Speed : 2.6GHz
Cores per Processor : 1 Unit(s)
Threads per Core : 2 Unit(s)
Integrated Data Cache : 2x 8kB, Synchronous, Write-Thru, 4-way, 64 byte line size, 2 lines per sector
L2 On-board Cache : 2x 512kB, ECC, Synchronous, ATC, 8-way, 64 byte line size, 2 lines per sector

Computer
Mainboard : MICRO-STAR INC. MS-6728
BIOS : AMI V2.5 09/29/2004
Bus(es) : ISA X-Bus AGP PCI IMB USB i2c/SMBus
Multi-Processor (MP) Support : No
Multi-Processor Advanced PIC (APIC) : Yes
Total Memory : 3GB DIMM DDR

Chipset
Model : MSI 82865G/PE/P, 82848P DRAM Controller / Host-Hub Interface
Front Side Bus Speed : 4x 200MHz (800MHz)
Total Memory : 3GB DIMM DDR
Memory Bus Speed : 2x 167MHz (334MHz)

Video System
Video Adapter : NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400 (Microsoft Corporation) (AGP 2.00)

Storage Devices
Maxtor 6Y120P0 (123GB, ATA133, 3.5", 7200rpm, 8MB Cache) : 114GB (J:)
Seagate ST3320620AS (320GB, SATA300, 3.5", NCQ, 16MB Cache) : 298GB (C:) (D:) (E:) (F:) (G:) (H:)

Logical Storage Devices
Max (J:) : 114GB (NTFS) @ Maxtor 6Y120P0 (123GB, ATA133, 3.5", 7200rpm, 8MB Cache)
Hard Disk (C:) : 86GB (NTFS) @ Seagate ST3320620AS (320GB, SATA300, 3.5", NCQ, 16MB Cache)
Hard Disk (D:) : 28GB (NTFS) @ Seagate ST3320620AS (320GB, SATA300, 3.5", NCQ, 16MB Cache)
Hard Disk (E:) : 38GB (NTFS) @ Seagate ST3320620AS (320GB, SATA300, 3.5", NCQ, 16MB Cache)
Hard Disk (F:) : 48GB (NTFS) @ Seagate ST3320620AS (320GB, SATA300, 3.5", NCQ, 16MB Cache)
Hard Disk (G:) : 60GB (NTFS) @ Seagate ST3320620AS (320GB, SATA300, 3.5", NCQ, 16MB Cache)
Hard Disk (H:) : 38GB (NTFS) @ Seagate ST3320620AS (320GB, SATA300, 3.5", NCQ, 16MB Cache)

Peripherals
LPC Hub Controller 1 : Intel 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) LPC Interface Bridge
LPC Legacy Controller 1 : Winbond W83627HF/F/HG/G
Audio Device : MSI 865PE Neo2 (MS-6728)
Audio Codec : 19785 0061h
Serial Port(s) : 2
Parallel Port(s) : 1
Disk Controller : MSI 865PE Neo2 (MS-6728)
USB Controller 1 : MSI 865PE Neo2 (MS-6728)
USB Controller 2 : MSI 865PE Neo2 (MS-6728)
USB Controller 3 : MSI 865PE Neo2 (MS-6728)
USB Controller 4 : MSI 865PE Neo2 (MS-6728)
USB Controller 5 : MSI 865PE Neo2 (MS-6728)
SMBus/i2c Controller 1 : Intel 801xx/63xx SMBus

Printers and Faxes
Printer : Send To Microsoft OneNote Driver (300x300, Colour)
Printer : EPSON Stylus Photo RX680 Series (360x360, USB, Colour)
Printer : Brother PT-1950/1960 (180x180, USB)

Network Services
Network Adapter : Linksys NC100 Fast Ethernet Adapter - Packet Scheduler Miniport (Ethernet, 100Mbps)

Power Management
Mains (AC) Line Status : On-Line

Operating System
Windows System : Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.01.2600 (Service Pack 3, v.5657)
Platform Compliance : x86

Performance Tips
Tip 2546 : Large memory modules should be ECC/Parity.
Tip 2 : Double-click tip or press Enter while a tip is selected for more information about the tip.

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Before buying..
by PKsteven / November 29, 2010 2:52 PM PST
In reply to: Computer freezes...

a card, I would test the PSU (power supply)and heatsink\fan. Also make sure there isn't a blanket of dust plugging up your heatsink\graphics\PSU.

Could be a hard drive\memory issue, could even be malware or a bad driver\software install.

You gave a lot of information regarding the computer but what exactly did you see that indicates it's a gpu overheating issue? Any errors? Did you look in event viewer? And yes, it could be a graphics issue but it may be something entirely different.

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Indications....
by Terry Browne / November 29, 2010 3:23 PM PST
In reply to: Before buying..

It usually freezes when I watch a video clip. But also when I jusat don't use it... Doesn't make sense, I know. Where do I find the event viewer?

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What heatsink/fan?
by Terry Browne / November 29, 2010 3:34 PM PST
In reply to: Before buying..

How do I change the heatsink/fan? What kind do I get? It is very clogged up with dust. Would it be enough just buying a can of dust remover or should I go for another heatsink/fan? I don't really now what kind I should get.

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Yep, Using Compressed Air To Clean Out Dust...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 30, 2010 1:24 AM PST
In reply to: What heatsink/fan?

..will frequently help reduce heat buildup and prevent one of the causes of computer lockups.. Be sure to blow out the heatsink/processor area, the power supply, and all vents and fans.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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GPU Fan
by aidan138 / November 29, 2010 5:36 PM PST
In reply to: Computer freezes...

Hi,

Just clarify that your GPU fan is working. It is a common issue on some models that they stop working and it devide lacks air intake. You could try and update your GPU to the latest driver.

If you are not certain that it is your GPU then repair windows, as it may be a system or software issue.

Cheers

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(NT) The GPU doesn't have a fan...
by Terry Browne / November 30, 2010 10:15 AM PST
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Printers and Faxes
by RCF_Rose / November 30, 2010 2:44 AM PST
In reply to: Computer freezes...

Printers and Faxes
Printer : Send To Microsoft OneNote Driver (300x300, Colour)
Printer : EPSON Stylus Photo RX680 Series (360x360, USB, Colour)
Printer : Brother PT-1950/1960 (180x180, USB)

Do you actually have/use all these printers? If not uninstall or delete those you don't use.


@
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Rose

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I do use two of them...
by Terry Browne / November 30, 2010 10:12 AM PST
In reply to: Printers and Faxes

Thanks for the reminder though!

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Thanks for the clues.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 30, 2010 2:53 AM PST
In reply to: Computer freezes...

I read this list and came away with Ahh, another older machine. You have choices to make as to trying the ZERO COST cleaning, the ONE DOLLAR CPU HEAT SINK COMPOUND and then the price goes up from there as we swap out video cards and more.

Be sure no one is over clocking the CPU and that it still locks up with the old ram it came with.
Bob

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