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My Games Crash my System

by txmilligan / June 3, 2004 3:50 AM PDT

OK, I've put off dealing with this for awhile for a number of reasons, but I need some help - I'm going into withdrawals! I have an AMD Athlon xp 2000+ processor w/512 ram and a geoforce 440 vidcard computer that I put together myself 14 months ago. I have had ZERO porblems until this past March, when playing any games with 3d graphics caused my computer to shut down and restart. With Civ3, some days I could play for 30 min. before a crash, sometimes 3 hours. Diablo 2 runs for about 10 minutes, then crash. The system only crashes on gaming activities. Internet, DVD and all other functions run fine. I haven't added any new software, nor have there been any upgrades. The Windows error report always says a serious error has occured, but Microsoft says it cannot repair because it is not a Windows error (BTW, I have XP Pro as my OS). Additionally, downloading updated drivers from nVidia has had no effect. I'm assuming that either the vidcard is dead or the cpu is overheating, but as this computer is vital to my wife's business, I'm reluctant to tinker under the hood. Any advice or insight would be helpful.

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Re:My Games Crash my System
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 3, 2004 4:06 AM PDT

Try a simple test. Remove the case cover to see if heat is the issue.

Remember that time ages capacitors on the motherboard and power supply. This is why we supersize the power supply so we don't have an issue in a few months.


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Re:Re:My Games Crash my System
by txmilligan / June 3, 2004 10:38 AM PDT

OK, this is an avenue I've considered, but how do I check to see if heat is the issue? Is there a generally accepted method for determining heat issues?

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Remove the cover.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 3, 2004 11:04 AM PDT

If the issue vanishes or takes longer to show up, then something is heat sensitive.

Remember that as time passes, fans deposit insulating lint (and other material) on the heatsinks. Vendors often don't tell you a yearly cleaning may be a great idea. Most want the users to stay out of the box and you take it in...

As to capacitor problems, it's usually new power supply or motherboard... Very few have the skill, time or patience to fix that.


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Re:My Games Crash my System
by goldenboy / June 3, 2004 5:13 AM PDT

I have the same exact problem which also started happening in March. AMD Athlon 64 3200+, new Chaintech Zenith ZNF-250 motherboard, 1gig Mushkin DDR400 ram, GeForce Fx5600 256mb Vid card. I bought a new 550 watt power supply to see if that was the problem, and I just bought a new Hard Drive because I thought the problem was that I had bad sectors... Just tried to play Battlefield Vietnam and it crashed after 45 minutes. I've ruled it down to either my Video card needs to be replace (less than 1 year old, strangely), or that I dont have enough air getting to the CPU/motherboard. My Case Temp meter rarely goes above 30 degrees celcius on warm days.

It seems you and I have the same problem. Maybe someone here can help us. I will post back here if I find a solution.

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Re:My Games Crash my System
by msmall40 / June 3, 2004 1:35 PM PDT

I had the same problem after I had upgraded my compaq presario 1.53 ghz to a 2.0 ghz. and installed the same video card that you have now. I was told that a particular software that I had was conflicting with my game.That software was my norton's antivirus and internet security software. I was told to uninstall my game and then disable my virus and internet security and then install my game. That worked for me! I hope this helps with your problem. GOOD LUCK!

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