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Lance Thornton

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Mar 3, 2002
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North of the Manatee River.
Hi all,

Recently, I have experienced an odd problem. I was doing some graphic intensive work for my parent's 50th wedding anniversary when my led on the monitor went from green to amber, much like power saving mode. I had to completely turn off the computer and cold boot it to get anything to happen. When it did, it started up as normal, just like nothing ever happened. I am running an Asus A7V8X board, with the latest bios revision, an xp 2500+ Barton core, 256 mB of PC 3200 memory (generic, but underclocked at 333 mHz), a PNY Geforce 4 Ti4200 graphics card. I have experienced this probably 3 or 4 times now at random times and I have not kept a log of what I was doing when it happened. If anyone has an Idea, please let me know. The only other time I have experienced similar things was a result of bad memory and that was a complete restart, not this freaky led thing. Thanks for all the help.

Moderators: if this is in the wrong area, please move to where you see fit, thanks!
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Baltimoron

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First thing is to make sure you have updated all drivers for your hardware and updates or patches for your video software. I just noticed you have 256mbs of ram. When running graphics intensive software the more memory the better. I have 1 gig in my system and I have been putting together some DVD slideshows and I know that 256 would not work very well. Try to get more ram.
 
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Lance Thornton

Lance Thornton

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North of the Manatee River.
All drivers are current. I will be changing the memory to either 512 mB or 1gB Crucial soon. It happened to me again right after the last post. The monitor said that there was no signal coming from the computer, so I think either the monitor is lying, or that the videocard is dying. I've got enough hardware to change and try to fix. Thanks for the help Baltimoron, and I'll keep everyone posted.

Lance
 

ZX12Rguy

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that problem certainly indicates that the monitor is not seeing the motherboard.
Unless your monitor is a complete POS and old as well, then my first guess would be that your Vid card is causing the problem.

Got another to run for a while?