The Zalman that I'm running is the "Ultra-Quiet" version... so I'm thinking that the 2250RPM speed has something to do with the CPU temperature.
As for SP2 and the crashes... it doesn't start crashing until after I have installed EVGA's drivers. On this install I will stay with the default SP (1.1a OEM) and install everything before "upgrading" to SP3.
If this install attempt doesn't go well then I will let the forum know. Wish me luck.
Well, this install did not work at all...
After freshly installing OEM WindowsXP (SP1.1a) I installed the video driver directly from EVGA's website... this caused the video controller to default to 4 bit color and 800x600 resolution (this became unchangeable).
Will attempt again with a Fresh SP3 and see if the results duplicate themselves.
Alright, Installed XP and the first thing that I did was update to SP2 as offered by Microsoft. The next thing that I did was install the video card drivers directly from the EVGA website. At first, everything was working just fine until the screen just went black and died.
Immediately after, I got a soft lockup on the graphics.
The CPU temperature at crash was different in both instances... for the black screen of doom it was recorded at 44C, and the Soft-Crash was 41C. This leads me to believe that heat is not an issue (at least not from the core) in the crashes but is somehow related to the video card and its drivers.
Does anyone know if the BIOS for the motherboard is out of date/revision? I haven't tried to update the BIOS on the board yet and it may be causing the problem. Using a 550W power supply, overclocked the FSB to x16 multiplier, but that is not the reason that the PC is crashing as when reset to BIOS defaults the crashes still happen.
I'm going to sleep for the night, any ideas or feedback on this would be greatly appreciated.