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M. Yusuf Mohamed

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I've got a P4 3.0gz machine that I used to run GPL, N2003 and F1 2002 on it with no real issues. It's got the stock 128mb ati 300SE card.

Well, lately, it's started to BSOD on me when running NASCAR 2003. Clean install with XP and still BSOD. My guess is that the video card is just getting overtaxed.

As a separate matter, I'm hoping that in the next 6 months, I'll build a proper gaming machine with a proper card.

For now, though, I need to get these three sims running, and rfactor would be icing on the cake.

What card should I get for this antique? I'm looking at a $20 BGF 210 512mb. It's a huge step up from the clunker I've got. I imagine it should suffice. Will it work for rfactor? Or should I wait on rfactor till the new build is done? I've only got a stock 325W power supply and don't want to pour more money into this machine right now.

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Is the slot PCI-XPress or AGP?

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I just went through this drill. Any decent video card should have at least 450w power supply. I opted to build a new machine rather than upgrade the old.

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PCI-Xpress. Just noodling around, looks like a Radeon 4350 might be a better choice for slightly more money. would that be sufficient for rFactor?

Lee - I agree, but this is cheap stop gap measure. In the longer term, I'll give the machine to my 4-yr old to play with.

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Couple of other things:

1) It may not be the video card, if you did a fresh install of XP it could very well be RAM going bad. Google memtest86 and create the CD, let it run the test patterns and see what happens.

2) Write down the text of the BSOD and try to search on it, may give some clue as to the issue. It could not only be RAM but motherboard chipset or one of the bridges tanking.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lance Snyder:
Couple of other things:

1) It may not be the video card, if you did a fresh install of XP it could very well be RAM going bad. Google memtest86 and create the CD, let it run the test patterns and see what happens.

2) Write down the text of the BSOD and try to search on it, may give some clue as to the issue. It could not only be RAM but motherboard chipset or one of the bridges tanking.

The BSOD is actually plain blue, no text at all. I'm having no issues running the F1 game.

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