First post, by nemail
so I have put together a PC with the following parts:
GA-586HX (Rev 2.x with the switching regulator)
2x 32 MB EDO RAM 60ns
Samsung 40GB IDE limited to 32GB via jumper
Vibra 16C ISA card
Voodoo 3 2000 PCI
3Com 3C905C-TX-M PCI NIC
Enhance 200W AT PSU
100MB ATAPI ZIP Drive
CD ROM drive 52x
Windows 98 SE with patches
latest 3dfx official driver
Unfortunately the system has been freezing randomly:
- during Windows boot logo
- within DOS games
- during CTCM initialization when booting into DOS mode
During Windows games so far it hasn't crashed.
GTA under DOS (3dfx version) starts into a black screen under DOS and freezes, under Windows the 3dfx version runs flawlessly.
CTCM sometimes freezes during init, after a reset it works again. When I had a CT4500 AWE64 in it before, it would ALWAYS freeze at CTCM initialization.
RAM speed is set to 70ns already, I think @60ns it was even worse but I'm not entirely sure.
Sometimes it runs fine for hours, sometimes (mostly under DOS) it resets right away when I start a game or it freezes after a short time or when the actual game should actually start (GTA).
No caps are bulged, neither in the PSU nor on the motherboard.
What is more likely... hardware issue or software issue? caps might be flat anyway, after all.
I'm at the end of my wits here...