Hi,My computer has been crashing a lot whenever I try to playQuake3/NOLF/... anything 3D rendered. I've tracked this down tomy graphics card (a Geforce2 GTS Pro) overheating.The temperatute sensor software shows the temperature in thecard spiking up towards 67/68 degrees Celsius when I 3D render,which is just below the 70 degree "criticaltemperature" that the software warns me about.The current fan situation is:- power supply fan, blowing air out- small fan on CPU (1GHz Athlon)- small fan on some motherboard component, which I can'tidentify- small fan on graphics cardI've started the computer with the side off, and confirmed thatall of these fans do start up.Is it reasonable, given these fans, that the card would beoverheating? I've never had this sort of problem in my Mac, butthe Athlon puts out a lot more heat than either my 604e or G3did, and the GeForce2 almost certainly produces more heat thanmy Voodoo3 did. Or does this imply some problem with the card?There is a spot a little bit above the graphics card whereanother fan could be mounted. My thought was to mount a fanthere. I believe the correct orientation would be to have itpull in air, so I could get flow through the case. Is this areasonable idea?Thank you for any advice.- Kodiak
Hmm, well I can't really help you with the fan questions (thothat one you "can't identify" on the mobo is probablyover the northbridge. It's a memory bridge. gets hot =) and hey,another fan prolly cant hurt =) ), but I was having crashingproblems with NOLF and counter-strike and EQ, heck everything,when I first got my box. I originally thought it was overheatingtoo... But eventually I tracked the problem to a cheap ISA soundcard. Once I installed a brand new Soundblaster 128 PCI, all mycrashing problems went away. So of course I'm going to ask,
what kind of sound card do you have?
Given the symptoms, I'm extremely confident it's the graphicscard. But, I'm always open to other ideas.Soundblaster Live! Value PCIShould be okay.- Kodiak
Soundblaster Live! Value PCI
Ok, prolly some kinda overheating. Have you tried differentvideo drives? could be a software problem. I'm pretty worthlessfor fixing a hardware problem tho. good luck =) try opening yourcase and blowing a big desk fan directly onto your vid cardwhile you play 3d stuff, see if that helps at all ;) if it does,then you prolly are overheatin.