first step to try is disabling side-band-addressing. This often
clears up problems caused by the AGP port. Technically this is
supposed to enhance AGP performance, real world situations prove
the difference to be negligible. This can easily be done, via
the card-tweaking program Powerstrip.
If that still causes problems, reducing the AGP speed from 4x
to 2x, or from 2x to 1x can reduce the stress on the AGP port.
Finally, raising the I/O voltage can stabilize the video card,
however, it is not recommended that the I/O voltage is any higher
than 3.6 at the very most.
a final precaution, improving the cooling on your motherboard
chipset can be an invaluable measure. On most motherboards,
nothing more than a small heatsink are used to protect your
chipset. If your motherboard is without a heatsink altogether,
use a small chipset cooler like the Lesagna from Tennmax.
If your motherboard is equipped with a small heatsink, putting
a small layer of thermal grease in-between the chipset and the
heatsink have proven to lower temperatures.
there are many programs, and methods for testing stability,
these listed programs have been proven effective. Stability
is one of the most important aspects of a computer, after all
if the fastest computer is unable to run programs for an extended
period of time, what real use does it have? The first step is
identifying the point of stability, and then eliminating it
will lead to an all around better computing experience.
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