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Computer Game Freezes after a few minutes

I tried searching the forums for an answer but they don't seem to apply. I've upgraded the ram, sound and video cards(Soundblaster Audigy,NVIDIA Geforce 6600)when my son wanted to play Sid Meirs Pirates and that works just fine now. But any of his games that have on line capability freeze up after a few minutes of play. I have a Dell Dimension 8300. I've tried defrag and spyware, etc. but the problem persists. Any ideas are appreciated.

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Try it with the cover off.

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I can't count the number of times that helps.

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Games Freeze

In reply to: Try it with the cover off.

Thanks, I tried this yesterday but the game still froze at the same point as always. I'm trying to convince my son to stick with xbox but he prefers the pc version on some of the games. I saw suggestions about reducing the number of processes running on the pc but this looks a little risky if I delete something thats needed. Is this a frequent culprit in this situation and worth pursuing?

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Try a simple test.

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Unplug that sound card, leave the onboard sound disabled and re-test.

If it still locks up, it's not one of the usuals.

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Keep looking

In reply to: Try a simple test.

I'd be interested to know if these are games he's always played on the computer and are they online games as well. You stated that you have a Dell Dimemsion 8300 with an NVIDIA 6600 graphics card, by today's standards, most games out there are too advanced for your current hardware set up due to the FPS, anti-aliasing, 3d rendering and such that higher end graphics cards are expected to do in order to perform along side with console game systems.

I can tell you that having an NVIDIA 7300GT I can BARELY play some of the games out on the market now and the ones that absolutely require DirectX10, I can't even load up due to hardware incompatibility.

So before you start unplugging parts and what not, i'd stop and review the MINIMAL hardware requirements of the PC version of the games that he is playing to ensure that the computer is even up to par to run them.

As Bob has stated, unplug the sound card to lower the overall system resources, however, if the hardware doesn't meet the minimum system hardware requirements to even run the game, unpluging the sound card isn't going to make any difference at all anyways.

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Game Freeze

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Yes, he has played these successfully before they started to freeze up. I tried disabling the sound card but that didn't do it. Is it necessary to physically unplug the card and try it that way?

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