Games Freeze in WinXP

Discussion in 'PC Gaming' started by Optenos, Dec 23, 2001.

  1. Optenos

    Optenos Guest

    The Games:
    -Medal of Honor: Allied Assault

    The Problem:
    -My comp keeps freezing about 5 minutes into play, and a sound just cycles over and over again while the screen is frozen, such as gun shots or footsteps. Anyone know what the problem could be?

    The Specs:
    Athlon XP 1900
    Shuttle Ak31 v3.x(latest BIOS)
    Leadtek Winfast Geforce 3 Ti200
    Sound Blaster Audigy Gamer
    Maxtor 60gig 5400rpm HD
    512 PC2100 DDR 266mhz
    16x Toshiba DVD Drive
    Plexwriter 24x10x40A
    Windows XP HomeEdition

    I've tried:
    -Latest mobo BIOS
    -Replacing Sound and Video Card
    -Clean install/reinstall of WinXP and Win2kPro
    -Downloaded ALL updated drivers and Windows Updates
    -I've also tried running these games under all compatibility settings.

    If you know how to solve this problem please help, I would really appreciate it, I know of one other person with this same exact problem but he hasn't found a solution to it either and we don't have the same system specs.

    Side Note: Some devices are sharing the same memory address and I/O I don't know if that could be a problem. I know of 2 other people with the same problem and they don't know how to fix it either.

    If you could help I would greatly appreciate it.

    TSUNAMI Guest

    Hey Optenos, have you tried setting the AGP setting to AGP 2x. You may have it set to AGP 4x in the BIOS. Ive heard instability problems with the Ti200 + VIA running at AGP 4x, so try setting it to 2x.

    hope this helps.

  3. Optenos

    Optenos Guest

    Yep I tried that before and it didn't worked, I've tried changing many things in the BIOS but no luck, any other suggestions?

    TSUNAMI Guest

    Just another suggestion, if your video card is sharring an IRQ with another device, try changing it so that the card has its own IRQ. (think by moving soundcard and other PCI devices into different slots..)

    Also the way you install your drivers/cards might be the problem?
    I read somewhere that when you clean install an OS, you install the latest 4in1 drivers first - then install video,soundcard,lan driveres second - and then you reinstall the 4in1 drivers last...

    There is also a PCI latency patch out on the net somewhere but I think this only fixes sound crackling on some soundcards...??

    Cant think of much else, but will post if more ideas come up...

  5. Optenos

    Optenos Guest

    Ok I'm going to do a clean install and try everything you just said, I'll be back in hour or so and tell you if it worked or not.

    TSUNAMI Guest

    Man your keen to get this fixed...

    Ill be sorry if this doesnt work dude :(

    good luck!


    ASUS A7V 266-E
    512 DDR Ram
    Leadtek GF2MX
    Soundblaster live! DE 5.1
    Windows XP Pro.
    No 4in1 installed
    Det. 23.11
    AGP 4x
    works like a charm
  7. image2

    image2 Guest

    AGP Driving Value

    Hey, that may just be a driving value problem. VIA chipsets are not known to auto configure the AGP driving values very well. They either give too much or too little signal to the AGP card. Here is a way to find out if this is your problem. In BIOS, set AGP to 1X then the AGP apature size to 4MB or less (That diables AGP). Then run your games. If it freezes, it would be WinXP (there are quite a few threads about those games in the Games forums), if it plays fine... you then need to go back to BIOS and set AGP to 4X again, increase AGP apature size to 64MB or 128MB. The adjust the AGP driving value. That runs in hexedecimal from 00 to FF (0-255). I have a GeForce 2 Ti and it runs the best at FA. You may need to do some fidling, some say DA or EA works... not an exact science... yet. You may also find that your mother board will not let you change the AGP driving value, then there is another utility that will let you do that from Windows... although I am at work and do not have the link here. Now, ALL of this is mearly speculation. It worked for me, but I don't know if anyone else has found this to be a problem. My motherboard is running the VIA KT266 chipset (Biostar M7VIB). :rolleyes:

    TSUNAMI Guest

    image2, I had the same problem with my GF2MX and my old mobo (MSI K7T-pro). I tried changing the AGP driving value to DA and EA and it fixed it for quake 3 but still stuffed up for HL based games...

    What I found to work was to set it to AGP 2x - and everything went sweet from there... (dont think theres much difference between 2x and 4x anyways...)

  9. image2

    image2 Guest

    Yeah I read a reveiw where someone did benchmarks in 1,2,4X and the difference was a few frames. So 4X is not really all that much faster.... Although it sounds REALLY COOL!:p
  10. Optenos

    Optenos Guest

    Well I did a clean install and it still didn't work, any more suggestions? I'll try anything.

    TSUNAMI Guest

    Sorry to hear mate...

    Did you give image2's fix a go?

  12. Optenos

    Optenos Guest

    Just tried what image2 said and I still got the same problem.
  13. club_ice

    club_ice Guest

    Ouch rough stuff, are you using a VIA based motherboard? If you are install the PCI Latency Patch it can fix a whole bunch of other problems besides IDE and Sound. I put it on VIA KX133 board and my graphics were faster and much smoother before they use to lag too much. Do you get this same problem under Windows 2000 or Windows 9x?
  14. club_ice

    club_ice Guest

    Also go into display properties and adjust the sliders down a few notches Properties > Settings > Advanced > Troubleshoot
  15. Optenos

    Optenos Guest

    I found out the problem guys, one of my memory sticks was faulty, but thanks for all of your help you've been great!
  16. Cliche

    Cliche Guest

    I presume u just checked each memory stick one by one ?
    I have the same problem, so if that is the case, I'm gonna try yr fix
  17. jer68

    jer68 OSNN One Post Wonder

    I have a similar problem but I am convinced mine is XP related. While playing Quake II the sound will start to loop and the video will continue to move but I lose control. After a minute or 2 it clears and is ok for a few minutes than does the same thing again.
    I upgraded about 6 months ago to XP from 98. I have the same computer just the OS upgrade. Everything worked fine in Win 98. There has to be a problem in XP but I do not know where to look. I have tried some TweakXp tweaks but they did not help. I am about ready to reinstall 98.

    Any suggestions or help will be appreciated

  18. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

    Houston, Texas
    can you do a fresh install of XP? do you have xp drivers for your videocard? If someone put a gun to my head id still have to think about using windows 98...