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July 12, 2007

Video Card Woes

There is something seriously wrong with my system. Since it was built a few months ago, I've been plagued with BSODs and serious errors under Windows. At first, I thought my memory was the culprit; it was displaying multiple errors under Memtest86+. However, that turned out to be a configuration error. Apparently the "auto" settings on my motherboard did not set the timings or voltage correctly according to the SPD. I was able to remedy this by manually setting the timings (4-4-4-12 @ 2T) and voltage (2.2V). This did not alleviate the BSODs and crashes in games. My second guess was that my video card was going bad, so I exchanged it about a month ago. I'm still getting the same problems.

I'm now beginning to suspect that there's an incompatibility with my motherboard and my video card. Asus just released a new BIOS for it today, so I'm hopeful this will solve the problems. The only other possible explanation is the PSU going bad, but I am very skeptical of that being the problem. I'll just have to wait and see how things progress (or regress).