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Computer crashes when playing games

by Drake78 / April 1, 2005 7:06 PM PST

I've recently updated my computer and when i began to play cd based games, my computer crashed. At present these are the software and hardware i have installed:
- windows XP (service pack 2)
- 786MB RAM DDR
- 126MB video card/64 bit (Radeon 9250)
- Gigabyte Motherboard 7N400S-L
- AMD Athlon XP 2800+ CPU
- DirectX 9

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(NT) (NT) What games and what error messages?????
by AussiePete / April 1, 2005 10:42 PM PST
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The most likely causes are ...
by Kees Bakker / April 2, 2005 5:51 AM PST

1. Insufficient or old power supply (you don't write anything about updating that): go for a 400 W.
2. Heat (causing CPU, video or motherboard to fail): remove the case, put a household fan on the uncovered internals and see if that makes any difference.
3. Hardware problem in the video card (unlikely, but try the effect of using a lower setting of 'hardware accelleratoon') or errors in the driver (install the latest version).

Those games really use the videocard and cause a lot of power to be used and so, a lot of heat.

My old Windows 98 computer had the same problem, and my son didn't like it at all it regularly hung playing Warcraft. I suspected the hardware, but never did real troubleshooting on it, and there are no such problems at all with the new XP-machine! And the old 98 computer has been totally revised (new PSU, motherboard, CPU, memory, video) when the old motherboard died, so it's a different computer now. It's only unstable, as far as I can see, when using emule to exchange music and video's, but not really been tried with games.

Hope this helps.


Kees

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I don't think so
by damasta55r / April 2, 2005 6:07 AM PST

I have a Windows ME, with just a factory-installed psu. I have all 4PCI slots filled with 1 filled with a Nvdia 5200, yet i don't get hangs on Warcraft. My system specs are Intel Pentium III Coppermine 1.0Ghz (256kb L2 Cache, 133Mhz system fsb)256MB PC100RAM, 60GB Harddrive, DVD-ROM, CD-RW, floopy... I think the psu is only 250W. I think that its because of the graphics card. It suks. It might not be able to handle the games. I get the same problem on my fs2004 and i have X300, 3.6GHz, check out my profile for rest. To solve the problem, i changed the video settings of the game.
Roger

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Drake, Other Things To Try
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 3, 2005 1:00 AM PST

If you haven't done this already, please follow the procedures in the links below. It may take a while to perform all the steps, but they'll help you eliminate unnecessary start up programs and clean out the junk files, both of which can cause conflicts on the computer which cause freezing. Another thought about your graphics card. Make sure you visit the manufacturer's website and download/install the most recent driver update. Even brand new video cards will be shipped with outdated drivers.

For Windows 2000/XP, ignore the first couple of sentences about checking "resources" in the link below but follow the rest of the procedures including the "Services" links at the bottom.

How To Shut Down Unnecessary Start Up Programs

How To Clean Unwanted Files From The Hard Drive

After following all the procedures above, run Error Checking/Chkdsk and Defrag to optimize the hard drive:

How To Run 'Error Checking/Chkdsk' On Win2000/XP

Hope this helps and let us know how it goes.

Grif

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