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Daneel Olivaw
02-20-05, 09:23 PM
According to http://www.jscustompcs.com/power_supply/
a FX5200 takes 65W
a Ti4200 takes 35W

Now, I bought a FX5200 for my GF, for her compaq athlon 950, and she gets random 3D crashes... I'm thinking either I change the PSU or I swap my Ti4200 for her FX 5200. Performance is not an issue here for either of us.

What do you guys think? Can it be her mobo not supplying the power or her PSU, or something else? (running AGP 2x btw (forced to be safe, is 4x available)

Problem is it could also be a ram issue...

02-20-05, 09:32 PM
I would first try the ti4200 to see if power is the problem.

02-20-05, 10:44 PM
I would first try the ti4200 to see if power is the problem.

Yep .

02-21-05, 03:39 AM
You may want to boot in safe mode to de-install the video drivers, reboot and use NVcleaner in safe mode, re boot in safe mode to install video drivers again. This has been my fix for 5200 problems on three systems.

For example, tonight I just finished a nightmare install to add a PCI 5200 to an AGP 5800 system. WinXP Pro was perfectly stable on 66.93 for weeks, until I installed the 5200. Had to de-install numerous times and eventually clean out the system but good before the 5200 would play nice.

I've had three 5200 that don't install smoothly, ever. You also may have a 5200 that doesn't play well with others.

Daneel Olivaw
02-21-05, 08:07 AM
Are ram errors always resulting in blue screens (BSOD) on windows ME, or can they also cause lock-ups? I added some ram and a FX5200, and we're getting lock-ups rarely during a 3d screensaver and a 3d game.

(thanks, I think I'll find a GF4 Mx440 somewhere and try that, its 30W)