Added on: Tue Nov 05 2002
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*** Troubleshooting the Power Supply:
Disconnect everything from the power supply except for the primary heatsink fan, and your primary harddrive. To further remove power constraints, you can remove additional PCI and ISA cards from the motherboard.
Remember that today's devices draw an incredible amount of power, and the minimum recommendation for power supplies has jumped up into the 350+ Watt range for systems over 1.5 Gigahertz. (The geforce 4's have alot of issues with 300 watt powersupplies that can be solved by going with a namebrand 350 or higher watt).
*** Troubleshooting IRQ Conflicts:
See General Troubleshooting
Make sure to install the latest AGP/IDE/INF drivers for your motherboard chipset. These enable your operating system to properly detect and utilize the various particularities of your computer system. Without proper chipset drivers, your system will lack in performance, and in stability.
Max was designed to run on windows 2000. If you are running an operating system other then windows 2000, you will have to perform additional steps to ensure stability and performance.
Upgrading operating systems can cause a variety of issues. Its usually a much better idea to format the drive, and start from scratch with a new operating system.
On a similar note...moving harddrives between systems causes quite a headache. Windows is not intelligent enough to remove old drivers and settings, and will instead throw the new hardware right on top of the old, causing a number of issues which are usually solved by a clean format and reinstall.
It's usually a good idea to keep your OS up to date via microsoft's handy windows update. This prevents a variety of security flaws and compatibility flaws from surfacing.
This platform is not designed for highend applications. At your nearest opportunity upgrade to windows 2000 to fix a variety of issues and problems prevelant with the windows 9X kernel. (This includes Win95 and Windows ME)
You'll need to make sure you're running both Max4.2 and the latest cdilla patch. Max4.2 is now available from your local reseller, and the cdilla update is available at
Also make sure to install all the latest patches. This info mainly for Max users.
Make sure SP2 is installed, and you have the latest chipset drivers for your board.