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Topic Title: CPU/Video Card Issues (HELP ME)
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Created On: 04/24/2005 03:56 PM
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 04/24/2005 03:56 PM
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I recently build a new machine using AMD CPU. Some of the specs are:
AMD Athlon 64 2800+
ATI Radeon 9250 Video Card, 128MB DDR, 64Bit 8X AGP
DFI K8T800PRO-ALF motherboard
1G DDR Ram
Seagate 80G Barracuda HD

I am running Windows 2000

I built the machine mainly to do animation work in 2D and 3D. Specifically I am using a software called ToonBoom.

Here is my problem:
If I draw a few frames of animation and play back the frames ... as I increase the size of the picture the playback rate begines to slow down and the system begins to hog CPU usage.

The playback rate used is 30 frames per second (fps) ..meaning that for a 30 second animation piece you would have 900frames to play. What I'm trying to explain here is that having 1,000's of frames to play back is considered normal.

THREE ... JUST 3 FRAMES ..played back in a continuous loop is enough to drive my CPU usage to 100% if I expnad the picture size 100%!!!

If I minimize the picture (with it still playing ) CPU usage drops like a rock to less than 2%.

I have gone to the vendor sites for the graphics card ..downloaded and installed the latest video drivers. Made a billion adjustment to the system BIOS ...downloaded and installed some of the latest utilities from AMD, originally installed WINDOWS XP ...reformatted my HD several times and now I'm back to WIN 2000 ..BUT nothing works. I even changed the monitor ...still nothing works!!

In addition I had an old Pentium 3 machine ..where I had the same problem , however since the vendor required as a minimum a 750MHZ machine and mine was just 500MHZ ..I attributed the problem to my out dated machine.

No one else it seems that uses this software is having this problem ..and of course ..each vendor (at least 3) is quickly claiming that there product is not at fault.

My new machine has nothing on it except this animation application a zone alarm firewall protection, and panda anti-virurs software. Besides this issue ..the machine seems normal.

No way in [content edited] ...should this basic task challenge this system!!

WHAT THE [content edited] IS GOING ON ??

 04/24/2005 04:44 PM
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did you keep anything from your old system that might be doing it? I'd isolate the problem to that......or maybe your program is corrupted?

 04/25/2005 06:52 AM
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Run memtest86 (you can google for this link) & check you RAM.

Your video card is the wealest link but it should run ok for you. Although, this is where I think the problem is. As JonJon asked, did you use this card in your old computer?

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 04/25/2005 07:04 AM
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wow, yeah compared to the rest of your system your gfx card is rather poor

try upgrading to a 9600xt or something

My current system:
GA-K8NSNXP mobo | Skt754 Athlon64 3000+ | 1gb Kingston PC3200 | Sapphire X800XT-PE (with Arctic cooling ATI silencer 4) | 80gb Seagate SATA HDD | Lian Li V1000B
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