Computer resets on video display/capture

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Andy, Jan 26, 2006.

  1. Andy

    Andy Guest


    Am trying to use the VIVO capability of my NVidia GeForce FX5600 to
    watch and record my digibox onto my pc.

    I have gone through about 10 different programs to do it, 90% do not
    see the video input and the ones that do work seem to make my computer
    randomly do a hard reset every so often.
    Some seem worse than others. VirtualDub for example just resets every
    single time I try to capture.

    My favourite program so far is K!TV. It finds the video input, and can
    display in a resizeable window or full screen. It can do both display
    and capture, so all good so far.

    However, when using this software, my computer will reset a few times
    every 15 minutes, making it unusable. It does this even when just
    displaying the input, and even when I am not performing any other

    Any thoughts why it might suddenly reset like this? Thanks!
    Andy, Jan 26, 2006
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    Ken Maltby Guest

    Such problems are often memory or heat related. If the problem
    diminishes when operating without the side panel, you need to
    address the heat build up in your case. If removing the side panel
    has no effect then it might be your memory. You can download
    memory testing utilities. Of course it could be something else
    all together, but those two are the most common causes for such
    problems. Another that has recently been seen more often is a
    partial and intermittent failure of the power supply, due to the PS
    not being quite up to the job.

    Ken Maltby, Jan 26, 2006
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    Will Dormann Guest

    Keep in mind that recent Windows operating systems are set to
    automatically reboot in case of a BSOD. Until you change this setting,
    it makes it a bit difficult to tell the difference between a system
    crash and a spontaneous reboot.

    Will Dormann, Jan 27, 2006
  4. Andy

    Isis Guest

    Where are the settings in the OS that control this ?

    Isis, Jan 27, 2006
  5. Which OS (& version) are you running?
    Richard Crowley, Jan 27, 2006
  6. Andy

    Isis Guest

    XP and Windows 2K
    Isis, Jan 27, 2006
  7. Keep in mind that recent Windows operating systems are set to
    For XP:
    1. Right-click on "My Computer" icon
    2. Select "Properties" from the pop-up menu
    3. Select "Advanced" tab from the System Properties window
    4. Click [Settings] in the "Startup and Recovery" section
    5. Click to select (or de-select) "Automatically restart" checkbox
    in the "System Failure" section of the "Startup and Recovery" window.

    I don't have any W2K machines handy to try it on them.
    This procedure is undoubtedly documented in several places
    on the internet.
    Richard Crowley, Jan 27, 2006
  8. One comment, however. My computer started doing spontaneous resets too.
    I ran two memory testers from boot disks, MemTest86 and DocMem, both
    for hours. The machine passed everything.

    However, the crash locations and types reported (I did what Richard
    Crowley suggested in this thread to see the reports) were pretty much
    random, which made me believe it was memory regardless of the tests.

    I pulled one of two sticks, and the crashes stopped (it's been almost a
    year now). A month or two later I put in another stick to replace the
    one I pulled, and the crashes did not resume.

    I'm glad I never had to design a memory test...must be a tough job.

    Gene E. Bloch, Jan 29, 2006
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    AnthonyR. Guest

    I agree here, memory is very hard to test, especially since some memory
    sticks work fine in some systems and have problems in others depending on
    the motherboard and design.
    So with BSOD issues, I always recommend, first checking memory settings in
    BIOS, perhaps you can lower the settings to allow the memory to function
    better, disable overclocking if that is being done and then change memory
    sticks and see if the problem goes away.

    AnthonyR., Jan 30, 2006
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