Asus EAX800 Pro giving me troubles
I got this new computer since early March, and ever since it's been giving me problems with games.
It started with HL2, every once so often ATI's VPU Recover would kick in, either making the entire PC hang, or kicking me back to the desktop. I thought it was a problem with HL2.
I got WoW a few weeks back, and the same thing happens. VPU Recover kicks in after 5-10 minutes. Sometimes it recovers once, and works for hours without a problem. Other times, it kicks in, and keeps kicking in untill the whole system hangs (me looking at a static WoW screen, nothing moving or anything) or the driver telling me it switched to software rendering because it couldn't recover.
Its behaviour is not consistent. The one time it works without any problem, for hours straight (did nearly a whole day of WoW yesterday), and other times it just keeps recovering and crashing.
I've put in a new PSU last week, an Enermax 420W PSU. I thought it might be the power consumption of the card that made it go down. But it didn't help. I even disconnected all USB devices just to make sure I wasn't overloading the PSU.
I also tried switching drivers. I started out with the 5.2Catalyst drivers, then switched to the latest (5.6 I think) Catalyst drivers. When that didn't help I tried the unofficial Omega drivers. No improvement either. I'm now on the 4.12 Catalyst drivers, but the problem remains.
Sadly, Asus' smartdoctor doesn't seem to recognise my card, so I can't tell if it's a temperature problem. But the fact that it sometimes runs OK for hours straight seems to indicate it isn't.
I've searched google for pointers with this specific card/motherboard, but I haven't been able to find anything so far.
I remember playing BF1942 on this PC too without any problems. But since I only played it once or twice I can't be sure, but it could indicate a DirectX problem, since both HL2 and WoW are DX9 games and BF1942 isn't.
I haven't installed Windows yet
Any suggestions as to what it could be or I should do/try?
I'm running the following config:
AMD Athlon 64 3500+
Asus A8V-E Deluxe (PCI Express)
Dane-Elec Memory 512 MB, PC3200
Asus EAX800 Pro /2DT 256 MB
Two SATA HD's
Windows 2000 Professional
4.12 Catalyst drivers
Onboard sound/LAN drivers