Hi again, sorry that didn't work. I am not expert enough to be able to help further, other than to suggest that it is possibly faulty game software, which if it is, should be able to get an exchange from the shop! Or a proper expert on here, will I am sure come to your rescue. Cheers.
checked the bios and this is what i have discovered. the chip is supposed to be a 2600xp but it is only running at 1476mhz and whilst i wouldn't be 100% on it's stock speed i'm sure it should be nearer the 2000mhz mark. it is also limiting the card to 4x agp as this is the fastest it will go to. ihave tried to alter the multiplier and the fsb both together and seperately but the system refuses to turn on. i have to put it back to the original settings. also the ram is pc2700 so this is running slow as a consequence. i feel that a new mobo may be the answer rather than a new card, though i will have to work on a budget of around £40 - £45. features are not a major thing here except i need onboard sound
your suggesetions are being gratefully received, so keep them coming