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Mystery problems?!?!

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Jan 4, 2002
Hi all,

I have had one of my systems running smooth and very stable for a few weeks, the specs are below. Tonight, while playing Unreal tournament, I was kicked back to windows desktop and then comp froze. I have run all kinds of benchmarks in the last 2 weeks and I have played games with absolutely not one problem. So I thought this might be some freak thing. So I restarted my comp and tried again. After a few minutes the same thing happened. now I get sporadic general protection faults, lockups, and thrown back to windows! What the h#$* could be happening? I have not had a problem in the last 2 weeks since putting my system together. The only thing that has changed in the system is the new Network card I put in 2 days ago. I dont think this is the problem because, Comp was working fine after nic installation up intill a few hours ago. I am just puzzled. Anyone have any ideas??


IWILL XP333 w 256mb kingston pc2700
Athlon xp 2000+ @ 144*12.5 ( 1800Mhz)
ATI Radeon 8500 @ 300/300*2
Maxtor 20g ata 133 HD
Linksys NIC card
plent of cooling cpu never goes above 43c under load and Video card is extremely cooled.


Jul 17, 2001
Denver, Colorado
could be a virus- couldn't hurt to check.

Take a look at your CPU and video card heatsinks- make sure they are attached correctly. Although they don't usually fall off on their own, it could happen I guess:)

Might want to monitor you voltages also- sometimes PSUs die slowly and painfully and things like this happen.

Good luck man


Feb 5, 2002
if all else fails, backup some files and reinstall windows. if it still crashes, u got a bad mobo. I did that once when I was getting poor performance, turns out my mobo was bad