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Old 03-01-2005, 05:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Video card headache!

I recently had to switch back to the video card (Voodoo Banshee) that came with my PC (Gateway G6-400) because the one I upgraded to about 3 years ago was failing. Things were fine for a few hours, but now i'm having problems with it suddenly reverting to a very low screen resolution (grey & white) and giving me the following error message...

"The Banshee Display Driver has stopped working normaly. Save your work and reboot the system to restore full display functionality. The next time you reboot the machinea dialog will be displayed giving you a chance to upload data about this failure to microsoft."

After the reboot I get a message saying the system recovered from a failure and the error signature is as follows.....

BCCode : ea BCP1 : 823B83C8 BCP2 : 826D8458 BCP3 : 827CD4F0
BCP4 : 00000001 OSVer : 5_1_2600 SP : 2_0 PRODUCT : 768_1

It also tells me the following.....

The following files will be included in this report :
C:\DOCUME~1\mogite\LOCALS~1\Temp\WER6e3e.dir00\Min i030105-02.dmp
C:\DOCUME~1\mogite\LOCALS~1\Temp\WER6e3e.dir00\sys data.xml

After the report is sent to Microsoft i get a link to Microsoft Online Crash Analysis that says the following.....

Analysis Information

Thank You for submitting an error report. The error report was likely caused by:

Video Driver (3DFXVSM.DLL)

Video Driver (3DFXVSM.DLL) was created by 3Dfx Interactive, Inc. (acquired by NVIDIA Corp) This product is no longer supported by the manufacturer. For more information see the 3Dfx Interactive, Inc web site at www.3Dfx.com.
I uninstalled the ATI drivers from the video card I removed (Radeon 8500LE) and was told to reload the video drivers to my original card, but am having problems doing so. I was told to reload them from the gateway disk that came with the PC, but I was told I should be able to run it and select just the video driver to reinstall, but when I autorun it, Video Drivers aren't one of the options. The software options are McAfee Virus Scan, LANDesk Client Manager 3.31, Intellipoint Mouse, Megaphone, and Netscape. When i look at the Drivers folder on the disk I can't tell which one is the video driver. Non of the files end in .dll like the video driver that is supposedly causing the crash. The link to 3Dfx.com is not much of a help in that the links provided there for original as well as 3rd party drivers don't all work when i go to the mirrors. One of the links actually goes to a site called ganjacity.de !! Some of the other mirror won't load. I was given a link by someone in a tech chatroom that has ALOT of drivers there, but I don't know which of the drivers are the right one. There are about 20 drivers that have Voodoo, 3Dfx, and/or Banshee in the name. I even tried to go through Device Manager to do a driver update, but it just comes back saying there is no better match than driver version currently on my PC. But something is obviously wrong with it. Where do i go from here???
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Old 03-01-2005, 06:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Try the Video card's manafacture's website. ATI's and NVidia's website have the latest drivers for their cards. Try it for your card.
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Old 03-01-2005, 07:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the suggestion, but as i said in my post...

"Video Driver (3DFXVSM.DLL) was created by 3Dfx Interactive, Inc. (acquired by NVIDIA Corp) This product is no longer supported by the manufacturer."

I tried NVIDA Corps website, but no help there.
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Old 03-01-2005, 07:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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im sorry but i think your going to need a new card.
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not sure if this is a related issue, but the beep that sounds when the PC boots has gotten longer. I have a link to a list of all the various beep codes & what they mean, but there is nothing listed for a 2 second beep. The beep i've always gotten before was only a second. What would a change to a longer beep mean? One beep, not a combination of long & short, but one 2 second beep! This PC has become QUITE frustrating, but I won't be able to buy or build another one for at least 6 months so I figure out how to fix these problems or i'll find myself without a PC at all.
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Old 03-01-2005, 08:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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OKay, here's two thoughts.

1.) Need newer drivers. I understand that this card is older. Also, it may have issues running on Windows XP (if you're using it). New drivers would be good if you could find them. You've tried the ones that came with the card and apparently they didn't help. My next suggestion would be to go to www.driverguide.com, register there, and then search for drivers in their database. I know that this is a pain in the butt. If suspect that this is what you need but don't want to register at the site, e-mail me at: endersftd@metacrawler.com and I'll see if I can find anything for you.

2.) Hardware-related problem. It may be possible that your computer is getting too warm and the video card is starting to suffer from that. Probably not as likely as the above, but something to consider.
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