"New" computer, games not working. Help!

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  1. Nathan_F

    Nathan_F Second Unit

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    I have recently acquired my father-in-laws old system, a Dell XPS B733r. Quick specs: 733 Pentium3, 384MB RDRAM, 32MB Geforce graphics, SBLive! sound card. He kept the old HD to put into his new system and it was replaced by a new Western Digital 80GB HD. Windows98SE was then reinstalled. New HD and reinstall were performed by a small computer shop who were building the new computer.

    I cannot get any games to run on the machine. After the game spools up, the screen goes white and the machine locks up, forcing a reboot. I have tried 3 different games (NBA Live 2001, a Thomas the Tank Engine game for the kiddies, and Age of Mythology.) I don't have any problems running office or financial software, only games.

    Here is what I've tried: updating all Win98 files per recommendations from Microsoft Windows Update, uninstalling and reinstalling all the games, latest versions of DirectX, etc... I have the latest drivers for the video, sound, mouse.

    Anyone seen anything like this before? Any thoughts? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
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    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    3-D chips gone bad?
     
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    Jeff I think is pointing in the right directions it could be the video card having problems. I would try to find another 3-D program that you can download and run or better yet some Bench Mark software that runs a lot of 2-D & 3-D. If you have another video card lying around I would try that.

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    I will try that tonight when I get home. I'm not sure if that's the problem or not (OpenGL screensavers work for example). I also have another video card I can swap in to see if problems exist there too.

    Thanks!
     

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