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My computer sometimes hangs on startup

ever since I installed a new graphics card my computer will sometimes hang on startup. just after the windows xp loading screen, the computer goes dead - but it only happens sometimes, the rest of the time it starts normally, though it takes longer than it used to.

my specs

Acerpower F5
pentium D 820 2.8ghtz processor
1gb ram
Sparkle 8800gts
430watt power supply

before upgrade, I had a 350 watt power supply and was using ATI Xpress200 integrated graphics

I thought perhaps the power supply was inadequate, but some sites seem to list the minimum as 400watts, while the box specifies 450

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Swap PSU

"430watt power supply"

Is that a no name PSU? If very generic, you'll find I always reply get a namebrand PSU to best handle power needs. Even though you got a higher wattage PSU, alot depends on the stable and dependable delivery of power output and once you get a hi-powered video card, it really tasks the PSU. Plus, understand during boot-up alot of power is required by all devices as this is the only time it will do that, after such, it drops down abit. This is also a time I mention when if things get freaky or weird, expect a problem to crop-up. I suggest you get a namebrand PSU and then continue from that time on. Last note, newer video cards come with s/w pgms. that in itself is a big load for start-up and maybe a slowdown cause, however see if you can disable it during start-up as in many cases once the setting are selected, you don't need that vendor pgm. no more. I said, disable, not delete or remove. Wink check the start-up section under [msconfig], try start->run->type: msconfig and find startup, disable(uncheck, 1 at a time), save, reboot and check results.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Thanks for your help - one other question though...
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Do what you gotta do....

Thermolake was a big cpu fan provider awhile ago, then they started to get into other devices. For the most part, they are decent maker of devices and PSUs. The 600W+ PSU certainly will have room to grow on.

As for any damage using the old PSU, heck you're already experiecing problems, they won't go away. Let's hope it doesn't get worse, but constant manual reboots isn't a fix, more of an annoyance. Never-the-less it doesn't help in the long run. Even with the new PSU in place you won't know what devices/compoments may have been stressed during that time, so cross your fingers. I know users do this all the time until $$$ or time is available for proper fix.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Video Cards....output devices

I would check all connections at the OUTPUT first..
Also..I do not have a Video card but my SOUNDCARD/will mal-function my PC if I unplug or plug in wires while the PC is running.. sure your PC is always Powered-Down in order to Plug and PLAY..never Powered-on...
Video Cards have many congigurations..they are for ADVANCED Users in my examination of one from a store..I did return the ITEM fearing the confusion aspects of that hardware..
I would Re-examine my SETTINGS..and even write them down for secondary inspections(are they changeing..??)..<<--why..
PSU....I use a 400-watt PSU for Video Authoring and Editing in a Mobo that contains SATA Drive Connections..Enableing those extra Connections later down the road might offer problems..
I have read that 600-watts is a minimum for the GAMERS..
I would re-check what I'm really doing on a Desktop/
Your PC specs seem just listed..
But I would check my SETTINGS/are they somehow "changeing" between Start-Up and Shut-Down..are you looseing a SETTING??

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