System Specs: Epox 8k7a Mobo, AMD T-Bird 1.2ghz, 512mb DDR, Windows 2000, 30g WD HDD 7200 rpm, SB Live Value, Netgear NIC.
I just purchaced a Gainward GF3 Ti450 video card to replace my GF2 mx400 (getting passed down to another machine). I installed it and upon trying to install the drivers my copmuter reboots just as the process gets started. I cannot for the life of me get dirvers installed! It reboots everytime the first file starts to install. Upon returning to my desktop it will reboot again, and get stuck in an endless loop of reboots. I have to finnaly switch video cards to aliviate the problem.
I tried the GF3 card on my back up computer, a Celeron 333, diamond c300 mobo, sb 16, 256mb pc133, wd 8.2gb 5400. And it runs just fine. The install goes smooth and it runs games great (well as good as a celery 333 can, heh).
What's my problem?! Why can't I run this fancy, new, ferrari red, GF3 on my main machine? I've updated all my Mobo drivers, all the windows crit updates are on, DX 8.1 is installed......I can't think of anything else!
I got the drivers installed! after about 3-4 hours of trying everything in my not so vast knowledge, I got it to work!
Now I have another problem! heh. My machine (now with the GF3 installed) still does funny semi-random reboots. It reboots about 50% of the time when an install program starts up. After I got the drivers installed I wanted to install some of the programs I had lost. As soon as the install program comes up I does a full power exit reboot.
Could this have something to do with monitor refresh rates, or super cosmic energy circling the planet?
I'm using Kingston PC2100 Ram, and my temps seem very good.
I've got the machine pretty stable right now, tweaking the BIOS with WPCRedit/set.....no games though, it can't handle it. At least I can use IE and check my mail. I can run about 1 benchmark of the 16 in 3dmark2001 before I get a reboot.