My computer keep crashing - Please help

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by omega2, Jan 26, 2003.

  1. omega2

    omega2 Guest

    Does anyone know why my computer keeps crashing? It crashes when I play any 3D games (like Earth & Beyond, UT2k3), playing any videos (whether it's DVD, divx, rm, wmv), and in Microsoft office (doesn't matter which part i'm using whether it's word, excel, etc.). Funny thing is that when I'm browsing the web, it's fine, even with flash video, it seems ok. But the others I have listed above seems to crash my computer. Doesn't matter which version of Windows XP I use, whether it's Home or Pro, both will crash doing the same stuff, even with a little different setup. Does anyone know why this is happening?

    My system specs are as follows.
    -AMD Athlon 1.2Ghz
    -Asus A7V-133 Motherboard (Via base chipset)
    -832MB SDRAM
    -ATI Radeon All-in-Wonder video card
    -SoundBlaster Live
    -3COM NIC 905B
    -Sigma Design RealMagic Hollyplus MPEG decoder card
    -Adaptec 5100 USB 2.0 card
    -One other thing, all drivers are up-to-date.
  2. sailgreg

    sailgreg Guest

    You using the latest video card drivers?

    That is the source of many problems like that :(
  3. omega2

    omega2 Guest

    Yup, I'm using the latest video card drivers.
  4. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

    Melbourne Australia
    Any error messages? If not right click my computer/properties/advanced/startup & recovery. Untick automatic restart.
  5. jumpy

    jumpy Guest

    By the sounds of it, the crashing only occurs when the cpu usage is high, therefore it might be a heat issue. Check your heatsink is mounted securely and all your fans are working.
  6. omega2

    omega2 Guest

    Not quite sure about this one. Because i run some cpu intensive stuff like Seti@Home, and it doesn't crash. But when I run office and start typing, it will crash. Even watching video or playing games will crash. Don't know why office would crash, it isn't something that require lots of resources.
  7. jpirkey

    jpirkey Guest

    More thoughts

    Hello there

    Just some thoughts on your problem (some ideas for you to try).

    1 - If you have an ASUS motherboard, I imagine that it has the VIA chipset on it. Make sure you update the bios for this chipset (VIA 4n1, I believe) -- Had a similar issue even on my workstation 1 (see below).. I only get Intel chipsets now -- I have no problem on any of my Intel boxes (maybe just coincidence).

    2 - From what I have found AMD has not been too stable with XP and running media -- althougth with Office it has been ok. As metioned in another reply (heatsink) -- run the ASUS Probe utility (should have come with your motherboard) -- good way to tell temp of CPU.

    3 - Check the system/event log to see if there is anything in there that may help tracking down the problem.

    Let me know what you find out.