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Windows 7: Drivers for P4M900, VT8237A

16 Apr 2013   #1
RonAshman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Drivers for P4M900, VT8237A

Hello,

This is about my sister's computer which used to be mine.
I recently installed Win7x64, like 5 days ago.
I've been around the web and visited literally like 50 pages or websites and I still can't find the chipset drivers for Windows 7 x64 for this PC.

It's a Gigabyte P4M900 with a VIA VT8237A chipset.

In the Gigabyte website the latest drivers are for Vista and don't work, not even in compatibility mode.
Via website the same. I would like the chipset driver since I think it could help me solve some issues.


Does anybody know of a driver website I could check and I missed?


Thanks in advance.


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16 Apr 2013   #2
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Hi Ron
VIA Technical Support FAQ - VIA Technologies, Inc.
The drivers you are looking for (other than raid) are built into Windows 7 32 and 64 bit. There are no updates since the drivers are mature.
Post a picture of your device manager so we can see the offending issue.
Tony.
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16 Apr 2013   #3
RonAshman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi! Thanks a lot for replying.

Well I had read that, so that's why I researched a little bit more outside VIA and Gigabyte.
It turns out that there was a newer graphic driver which I got from a drivers site, and it actually worked out fine. Now I can use enhancements without slowing down everything.

It just so happens that there are some things that don't work quite well. From time to time this machine might freeze, and with Windows XP it used to reboot out of the blue. The rebooting thing was completely solved after I did a BIOS update which I got from the Gigabyte site.

I have already tested memory with Memtest86+, it ran for 16 hours, 14 passes and no errors found. I also checked the only hard drive with the Seagate tool.

The only thing I can think of is bad drivers.
I tried to install the RAID driver for Vista from the Gigabyte site but didn't go through.


There are no devices in conflict showing in the device manager. But there is something wrong here and I just don't know what.
Last night my sister turned on the computer, opened Chrome to go to YouTube and it just crashed or froze.
I fresh installed Windows 5 days ago and the only software installed besides the one included in the OS is Chrome, MS Office and Java. Absolutely nothing else.


Any suggestions?
Thanks again.
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17 Apr 2013   #4
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RonAshman View Post
Hi! Thanks a lot for replying.

Well I had read that, so that's why I researched a little bit more outside VIA and Gigabyte.
It turns out that there was a newer graphic driver which I got from a drivers site, and it actually worked out fine. Now I can use enhancements without slowing down everything.

It just so happens that there are some things that don't work quite well. From time to time this machine might freeze, and with Windows XP it used to reboot out of the blue. The rebooting thing was completely solved after I did a BIOS update which I got from the Gigabyte site.

I have already tested memory with Memtest86+, it ran for 16 hours, 14 passes and no errors found. I also checked the only hard drive with the Seagate tool.

The only thing I can think of is bad drivers.
I tried to install the RAID driver for Vista from the Gigabyte site but didn't go through.


There are no devices in conflict showing in the device manager. But there is something wrong here and I just don't know what.
Last night my sister turned on the computer, opened Chrome to go to YouTube and it just crashed or froze.
I fresh installed Windows 5 days ago and the only software installed besides the one included in the OS is Chrome, MS Office and Java. Absolutely nothing else.


Any suggestions?
Thanks again.
Have you replaced the CPU Cooler Heatsink paste? After a few years of use that can lose its effect and cause spadic crashes and freezing as the CPU is throttled. Try downloading CPUID - System & hardware benchmark, monitoring, reporting and run your PC for a while and watch the CPU temps. That could be the issue.
Post a screen shot after a few hours intensive use.
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17 Apr 2013   #5
RonAshman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks, will do that.

I did not replace the cooler. However I did clean all the fans thoroughly since they were really dirty.

I will leave it processing some videos of mine I believe. 'Cause if I leave to my sis there's not gonna be any intensive use, I mean she just uses the computer to check e-mails, browse a few sites, download pictures of her son and maybe occasionally open a Word/Excel document, that's all.

Thanks again dude
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17 Apr 2013   #6
RonAshman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

So this is what happened.

I installed CPUID and left it running with Prime95.
I was on the computer for the first hour, I started at 8:00. This is the first screenshot: http://imageshack.us/a/img37/1064/1testt.jpg
(I know it says it started at 8:15, it was because I had closed it and reopen)

At about 9:10 I left and came back at 10, the screen was off since it's set up to go off after 15 minutes (it is NOT set up to sleep). Well it was frozen. Nothing came up on screen and I could tell it didn't respond because the num lock light in the keyboard didn't change as I pressed it.


So here I am again, I don't know what it causes it to freeze.
Here are two high resolution pictures I took last week before cleaning it. By any chance do you see something unusual besides the dust? Which is not there anymore by the way.
http://imageshack.us/a/img545/6979/p1030487y.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img21/4439/p1030488b.jpg



Thanks once again
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17 Apr 2013   #7
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Looks like the power supply (PS) is going belly up. Voltage numbers are low. Especially the 12v line. Intel specs say MAXIMUM of +/- 5% deviation. You may want to pin-test the PS since the software numbers may not be totally accurate but those numbers are way off.
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18 Apr 2013   #8
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
Looks like the power supply (PS) is going belly up. Voltage numbers are low. Especially the 12v line. Intel specs say MAXIMUM of +/- 5% deviation. You may want to pin-test the PS since the software numbers may not be totally accurate but those numbers are way off.
Oh yeah, I have to agree with carwiz. Looks like your PSU is bad, 10 volts for the 12v rail is way low. That will cause the issues your are experiencing without doubt. Do you have another PSU you can test the PC with?
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18 Apr 2013   #9
RonAshman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you both for replying

I don't have another one, but I will see how to get one.
I don't feel much comfortable changing this, unless I learn how to do it properly. So I'm gonna try to learn first and see if I can get it changed.


Thanks once again! I'll let you know what happened when I test it.
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18 Apr 2013   #10
RonAshman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well I decided to check on this and it sincerely called my attention.

http://imageshack.us/a/img21/8819/20130418131443438.jpg


Besides these lines saying "OK" the sys fan speed is zero. That can't be true, since there are only two fans and you can see both of them working when turned on. I'm guessing there's a sensor disconnected?

I remember that when this PC was brand new it had to go back because the CD drive didn't work and had to be replaced, and it came back with one of the front lights not working, i.e. cable disconnected. Maybe it's the same here.


Anyway, as I said I'll check if they're disconnected, the power supply and also the thermal compound.


Thank you very much again.
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