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  1. It's a Sony 19" LCD. I don't know the model number off the top of my head. This is my second video card (had to RMA the first one), and I've had this issue with both installed. I'll try reseating it though.
  2. I've tried moving the speakers and modem away, making sure the monitor is plugged into the surge supressor, enabling the CPU and PCI-E Spread Spectrum...still no change. Is there any way to test to see if this is a problem with the mobo or video card? I'm still hoping it's something related to my memory or BIOS settings, but I have no reason to think that other than the supposition that this board is very picky about those things.
  3. Since building my new machine I've had issues with the screen shaking or text flickering, and with some images displaying incorrectly, as though it had supersaturated hot zones. The flickering seems to occur only when I open several windows or menus at the same time. Microsoft Money, for example, displays fine until I open a menu, then everything starts to shake and the text flickers. Not unreadable, but annoying as hell. I'm not sure what the cause of this is. Possible magnetic interference I suppose, but never had this problem with my old computer. I've read that this can also be a problem with the video card or the mainboard. I'm wondering if it's something that can be corrected with different memory or BIOS settings. Different drivers haven't seemed to help. Anyone else have any experience with a problem like this?
  4. I had this problem yesterday after adding more memory. Took out the new memory, works fine again. This board seems very particular about its memory. Maybe it doesn't like yours?
  5. I think my problem may be "solved". Nothing else worked, so I RMA'ed my card with BFG. Got the new card in and it has seemed to alleviate some of my issues, but the stuttering still persisted. With no other options left, I bought another gig of RAM, putting me up to 2 gigs. All last night I was no longer swapping during games, and didn't experience one stutter, though my processor was still under a heavy load (which may be normal, I don't know). I don't know that the stuttering has anything to do with the video card at all. I do know it's not that 1 gig is not insufficient memory, because I was using the same memory on my old system with no stuttering at all. This could be a problem with drivers for either the video card or motherboard, or it could be something with the Athlon64 architecture or the N4 chipset. I mean, it could be anything. If this works then I'm content, but I'm not satisfied. Something still isn't working right on my machine, and though I may have found a reliable workaround I might still not be getting the performance I should, and who knows what other issues could be at play? I'll still continue to look for a definitive answer.
  6. I checked for any shared IRQ, but it's got one all to itself. I bought another gig of RAM, hoping that stops the stutters. I disagree that my processor is too slow for graphics-intensive games. IN fact, for most of the games I play my old Athlon XP 1700+ was getting the job done.
  7. No, I'm using the onboard Karajan sound.
  8. I'm not at my computer now, but I'll be sure to check that when I get home. Thanks for the suggestion. If it is sharing, how do I change that?
  9. I've reinstalled the drivers a number of times. Tried a number of other things suggested by people having similar problems as well. So far no luck. I'm kinda grasping at straws, and it may just be that there is no fix other than a new driver that has yet to be created or released. I let memtest run a couple of passes and got no errors, though at the time I didn't know to pay attention to whether or not it was unbuffered. I might just go buy another gig of RAM to see if that alleviates the stuttering. Seems some people have had luck with that, it just seems to me that it's sidestepping the issue rather than solving it. A solution's a solution I suppose, I just worry that it will crop up again later somehow if it isn't truly fixed.
  10. That does help very much, thanks Dynomutt. I think that safely eliminates bus speed as a potential issue.
  11. First, I ask that you forgive my ignorance on this topic. I'm sure I'm misusing or confusing some of the terminology. I'm learning about this one for the first time. My Athlon 64 3000+ has a FSB of 1Ghz while my PC3200 memory is at 400Mhz. Is this anything that needs to be reconciled? I mean, does this create a bottleneck in which the processor is working faster than the memory? I ask because I'm still getting stuttering in games even after installing a new video card through an RMA with BFG. I'm wondering if my problem is memory related? Maybe something I've overlooked in regard to some special need of an Athlon64 system? I know the memory should be unbuffered, and I can't say for certain that mine is. If it wasn't, would my computer simply not boot up, or is it possible for it to simply cause performance issues like this?
  12. Not a stupid question to me...I don't know how to do that. Actually, I don't even know what it means.
  13. I've been having this same problem and I've gone through every suggested fix on the graphics end, including drivers, BIOS settings, reseating the card, severely underclocking, and monitoring temps. Nothing has helped. I'm wondering if this is an issue with the onboard karajan sound on the mobo? I'm using it as well...is it possible that the problem is there instead of with the graphics?
  14. I'm having similar issues in City of Heroes and Star Wars Galaxies. My screen also shakes when I have more than a couple of windows open, and I see flashing and banding in images and scrollbars. I'll try the underclocking solution myself. Er...how would I go about doing that exactly? Never messed with clock speeds on anything before.
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