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Old 01-15-07, 04:54 PM   #1
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I have an Nvidia FX 3000 graphics card and in the last couple of days it has started to fail on Quake III. After about half a minute the card shuts down and the computer 'stops'. All the fans stop (cpu, chassis etc), the monitor shuts down, but the on light stays on and an indicator led on the motherboard stays on. There is no way of switching it off to reboot without disconnecting the mains power. When it reboots everything seems to run fine, and as far as I can tell the computer functions fine (running photoshop, Rhino, Word etc) but as soon as it tries anything with intensive real time 3d, it shuts down again. A week ago it was running these apps fine. Do these symptoms indicate that the GPU is about to fail, or could it be something less catastrophic like the power supply unit?

Nvidia FX3000, MB Asus A7N8X, Athlon XP3200+, 2 gig PC2100 ram, PSU 550 W
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Sounds to me like the power supply is dieing,from the symptoms anyways.Is your system stacked full of components? h/d's,fans,etc.Unplug your cd or dvd drive and whatever else you dont need to boot and see if the problem stops,or try a diff power supply.500 watt p/s's are fairly cheap and commonplace these days.
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Old 01-16-07, 05:57 AM   #3
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Thanks for the advice - un plugged a few fans (couldn't run the system without CD and DVD drives for some reason). Quake ran for a couple of minutes before shut down, about a minute and a half better than usual. Hope it is the psu - just ordered a 600W replacement. Should get it tomorrow, will post the results. Fingers crossed!
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Old 01-18-07, 08:52 AM   #4
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Just fitted the new PSU, and it seems to have solved the problem... I've cautiously run a couple of the problem apps for a few minutes each and have had no shut down yet. They never managed more than half a minute (sometimes only a few seconds) before shut down with the previous PSU, so the signs are good. Think I'll leave it a little while now before I do any more stress-testing as, my stress levels have reached critical and I need a break! Assuming the problem was the FX3000 exceeding the peak Amp draw of the PSU I've hooked up the card on one of the 4-pin cables with only the floppy and a case fan in addition, and all the drives (CD, DVD & 2 HDD's) are on the other cable. One additional benefit is that the new PSU is much quieter, much better for my frayed nerves!

Thanks a million for your advice
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No problems M8,we all have had power supply issues before now you know how to troubleshoot one and what the symptoms are.
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