Ug. Please help!


WinTMBG Professional
Alright, so I'm having a bit of a problem.

My Athlon XP 1600+ SHOULD be running at 1.4 Ghz, correct?

Well, it does. However, if it is running at 1.4 Ghz, DVDs freeze, and games like WarCraft3, NWN, Dungeon Siege, and C&C Renegade freeze. Sometimes stuff in Windows Media Player will freeze as well, but not nearly as often. However, I can only get into about a minute or two of playtime in those games before my system locks up.

Now then, if I go into my BIOS and set my processor down to 1.0Ghz, everything runs fine. No freezes, system up for weeks at a time. I've tested everything, exept for the processor and the motherboard.

I'd like some suggestions. Is the processor bad? Mobo bad? Am I doing something wrong here? I've never overclocked, so the Athlon isn't damaged by that or anything. Please help. Running UT2K3 at 1Ghz kills me. ;)

Thank you, and I will answer any questions you need me to.


Electronic Punk

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It may be overheating... check to make sure the fan (you do have a fan right?) is functioning corerctly and teh case can be easily ventilated.


could be the CPU.. can you exchange it? if you can at least you can see if a new CPU sovles your problem or if it still exists there's another problem.. also, do you have the latest BIOS for your mainboard? have you installed more RAM recently?


WinTMBG Professional
*sigh* Yeah, I can exchange it. I was really hoping I wouldn't have to, though, since I'd have to send it to AMD and be without a computer for God knows how long...Latest BIOS, yes. No new RAM recently. I figured it has to be either the processor or the mobo. Any other options besides sending it back?

Ram could be bad, I would try that before you send it back, so a search for a ram checker at any of them should work ok.



WinTMBG Professional
Already checked it. I checked it with a RAM checker and then, just to be sure, I swapped it with another stick Kingston shipped me for that purpose. No go.


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