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New graphic card freezes computer?

by kenny041 / December 27, 2007 12:30 PM PST

I got a new graphics card and it freezes my computer after 2 minutes after startup I don't know what to do and my other card was built in and when i disable the one I have in it doesn't detect the one that is built in.(i got a new one because the one built in is a 8mb)
New gfx card: Nvidia GeForce 6600
Other Specs:
Emachine T3302
AMD Semprom Processor 3300+
2.00 GHz
512mb RAM
Plug and Play monitor

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did you
by blind031 / December 27, 2007 12:57 PM PST

did you download the lastes video card driver for your nvidia geforce 6600?


if not try that to disable the built in video card go to control panel-system-hardware-device manager-display adapters and there you should see you built in video card right click it and say disable then you should be fine


tell me if that works

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problems
by kenny041 / December 27, 2007 1:05 PM PST
In reply to: did you

I've already done that im saying it wont let me locate it even in that to use it again since the gfx card I put it wont work.
And the cooling thing, it auctually very cool inside there there is no dust inside there and the card has a fan on it. It did says something about the monitor not being officially verified to use the card in installation but if that was true wouldn't it mess up right away? I get 2-10 mins of time before computer freezes

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heat
by kenny041 / December 27, 2007 1:08 PM PST
In reply to: problems

Is there a way to check the heat while the computer is running? (im gonna go take my computer apart and look at it again)

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It's Probably Heat
by Jimmy Greystone / December 27, 2007 12:58 PM PST

It's probably heat that's causing your problem. Particularly since you crammed a fairly high end video card into an eMachines system, you quite likely don't have sufficient air flow to properly cool the video card.

To test my hypothesis, take the cover off of the system and let it run like that for a time. If the problem abates, you've got a cooling problem. If it persists, then something else is the matter.

If it is a cooling problem, the bad news is that with an eMachines case there's little you can do short of cutting your own fan mounts into the case. The other option is to transplant the entire system into another case with better cooling. You could just perpetually run the system with the cover off, but that just invites problems. One accidental spill of a drink or any number of other things, and you'll be lucky if all that happens is the computer is euthanized. Not to mention it makes it far easier for dust to collect which makes the computer into a fire hazard if you don't clear it out regularly.

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conclusion
by kenny041 / December 27, 2007 1:42 PM PST
In reply to: It's Probably Heat

I just tested it a little and looked at it it isn't heat I just noticed I have 2 built in fans in my pc and one on the card and I also started up with computer open and checked the head of the video card when it froze and it was normal. I think its the monitor because I turned up my speakers and while it was frozen i pressed a lot of buttons and i heard *****! and I held altf4 and my computer turned off. I'm gonna save up some money for a monitor

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I don't think
by Jimmy Greystone / December 27, 2007 3:14 PM PST
In reply to: conclusion

I don't think it's the monitor. There is basically only one way a monitor can fail with regards to a video card, and that's to simply not display anything at all.

From what you've said, I still think the problem is that the video card is overheating. It then locks up, sending a constant static image to the monitor. So even though the computer is functioning normally, you aren't receiving any visual feedback of this, which is our primary means of determining if something is wrong.

Just because there is a fan on the video card doesn't mean it's getting sufficient air flow to keep it properly cooled. If possible, try moving any other add-on cards as far away from the video card as possible. Maybe even take one out temporarily if you can live without it for a couple of hours. See if moving the other cards down a slot or two from the video card helps any.

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Is this the stock power supply?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 28, 2007 1:06 AM PST
In reply to: conclusion

I have some Nvidia 6600 and a cheaper 680Watt PSU that while I doubt it does 680 it does have the power for this system.

As another test can you unplug the extra CD/DVD drive, those case fans and leave the cover off? That will reduce the PSU load and the cover off will suffice for the test run.

Bob

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probably a bad card
by ramarc / December 28, 2007 12:21 AM PST

that's an old gpu. is the card retail new? if so, exchange it for another.

to get your built-in graphics working again, remove the graphics card and short your cmos reset pins. if you can't find them (your pc manual didn't give a location), you can remove the cmos battery for about 3 minutes and then reinstall it. that should reset your cmos so your integrated graphics will resume working.

here's your pc's support page. battery removal is on page 159 (pdf page 166) of the manual.
http://www.emachines.com/support/product_support.html?cat=Desktops&subcat=T-Series&model=T3302

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the card
by kenny041 / December 28, 2007 2:09 AM PST
In reply to: probably a bad card

My mom found it in someones apartment after they moved out (she manages apartments) it was sealed in the box with the cd and direction and stuff too. The company is PNY Technologies I think. The installation cd says verto on it.

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website
by kenny041 / December 28, 2007 2:11 AM PST
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