Screen Freezes


Golden Member
Oct 11, 1999
I reformatted my PC and installed everything (Win XP Pro) that should be installed, and I am getting screen freezes no, I mean hard lock, reboot type freezes, anyone know what to do? does it have to do with the AGP Sideband addressing? Here is my system specs:

AMD Athlon XP 1900+ (1.6Ghz)
MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU (DDR333)
Enlight Case (4 5.25, 3 3.5)
512 MB Mushkin PC3000 RAM
PNY Verto Geforce3 Ti200 64MB DDR (Using Nvidia's NEW 30.87 drivers with RivaTuner as the refresh rate fix)
SoundBlaster Live! Value
Maxtor 60GB (ATA/133) 7200 RPM (liquid bearing motor!)
Western Digital 20.5 GB (ATA/66) 7200RPM
Plextor 12x/10x/32x A
Logitech iFeel Optical mouse
Microsoft Internet Pro Keyboard
Linksys network (5 port)
US Robotics 56k V.92 External Model 5686D
Thrustmaster NASCAR Pro Digital 2 Steering Wheel (w/ pedals)
KDS V190i 19" monitor (running at 100Hz VSync)
1.44 MB Floppy
Windows XP Pro (I havent installed SP1 yet, because SP1 is the reson I reformatted to begin with)

I dont get a BSOD, but once I did get a large red stripe on the top of screen.




Diamond Member
Sep 4, 2001
please describe the problem a little more. i think im getting the same kind of problems you are. on my main computer, my screen freezes (i mean COMPLETE system crash) in windows and linux. i reinstalled windows, reformatted, reinstalled linux 8.1, 8.2 and 9.0. all have the same problems. after i boot up, a few minutes of use, and BAM, the system stops and i get all these stripes and colors on my screen.

it could be the same problem as yours, as i use similar parts.
athlon xp 1800+
pc2100 256mb
radeon 8500
kt266a MSI

i tried replacing the memory with new mushkin RAM, no avail. i SWITCHED video cards, and same thing happens. SO, let me know if you figure anything out, and ill let you know if i figure out the problem.


Golden Member
Oct 11, 1999
Oh nevermind, I found the problem. It was my RAM. I had a complete system meltdown, sparks, smoke, the works, gotta get new parts now, but thanks for trying...The RAM melted on me, about 6 inches from my face, I inhaled the fumes too :( Mushkin better replace this ram (not to mention I need a new mobo too!)

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