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    Hardware failure? or M$ failure?

    OK, heres the problem, ive got a decent box, Athlon XP 1700+, 256MB DDR, 40Gb hd, nVidia geforce2 400 64mb video card, but its running M$ Winblows 2000, and whenever i try to play games that require openGL support they play for a while then something f***s up and gives me a the blue screen of death(kernel error), i know my system has openGL support and ive downloaded the latest drivers for everything, it still has this problem, if i shut the machine down for an hour or so then play it will last about 3 hrs, otherwise it only takes about an hour.

    Im hoping somebody can tell me if this is an incompatability between some hardware, or between some of the hardware and Winblows. I know i cant be the only one that has ever had this problem, so please if you know anything let me know...im starting to hate my computer, and thats a bad thing.
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    could be your geforce im not sure though sorry

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    Might be a heat issue. could also be hardware. I am thinking it is not a windows issue actualy. So check your fans. try a different video card DL the new drivers.

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    Is it just for a specific game, or any game that uses openGL?

    Possibly the OS isn't compatable with the game. Have you tried the apcompat.exe utility?

    It can be found on the Win2k CDROM. I think under cd:\utilities\apcompat.exe

    I recommend putting that file in c:\%systemroot%\system32 so you can use it whenever you want.

    That application has fixed so many problems for me.

    Worth a try.

    You may also want to look and see if all your fans are working properly. Maybe even put another fan in there. Your vid card might be getting too hot.

    I have a similar machine at work with mostly the same hardware and don't have any problems with it. I put more memory and an extra fan in the pci slot right below the video card and an extra fan on the back chasis.
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    Ill try adding another fan or two, right now there are only two, one on the front blowing in, and one on the side, blowing out, I think I'll add another one on the back right above the video card and see what that does. I know that Athlons are notorious for running hot, maybe the heat sync isn't doing as much as I'd like it to. Should I make the third fan blowing in or out?

    Thanks for the advice from all of you. As soon as I get told which way I need to blow that third fan I'll get rid of the thread, since it will have outgrown its helpfullness.
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