I just rebuilt my system with a new Soyo KT600 Dragon Plus v1.0 motherboard with Athlon XP 2800+ and XFX Geforce FX 5700LE 256 MB graphics card. The AGP slot is capable of 8x, but if I try to run at 8x my system is sluggish and unstable and 3D apps have distortions in the graphics. My system runs great at 4x and can't complain about how games and other apps run, but would like to use the full potential of my system.
I did clean out my old drivers and installed new ones. When that didn't fix the problem, I erased my hard drives and did a fresh install of XP Pro and all the latest drivers for my motherboard and graphics card (and all other hardware for that matter). My other hardware is the usual optical drives, hard drives, floppy drive, faxmodem, extra USB 2.0 card, Soundlbaster Live 5.1 audio, broadband modem connected via usb. Any other suggestions?
I run Windows XP Pro, System Suite (utilities with PC-Cillin antivirus) and Zone Alarm. I had Norton Systemworks 2004 and Norton Firewall 2003 running before swithching to System Suite 5.0. It acted the same with both. I stayed with System Suite and Zone Alarm after doing the fresh install of everything (I've found I like these better than norton). Any help would be appreciated.