OMG! This is pissing me off.....

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by [X], Feb 25, 2004.

  1. [X]

    [X] Slayer[x] riding again...

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    OK. Lets start.
    My games are already irritating me.
    Almost all my games are crashing for some unknown reason!!
    Even the old school Starcraft is crashing!!
    It's pissing me off!!

    What do you recommend me to do?
    Where should I start??? :confused:

    BTW. Can you list some of the most important windows updates. (Application and system related.) Dont list security updates.

    Here are my drivers currently installed:

    VidCard Driver: Version 52.16 nvidia driver (old)
    Mobo Driver: V 7.0D (up-to-date)
     
  2. forcer

    forcer OSNN Senior Addict

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    maybe update your vid driver, and see if you needd to update directx, maybe if everything is crashing your card could be over heating.
     
  3. PseudoKiller

    PseudoKiller Zug Zug

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    whats the error you get when it crashes... info would be nice. Like what does the event viewer say?? Does it crash when you start the game or while playing?? Does it blue screen or is it an application failure/hardware failure??
     
  4. xsivforce

    xsivforce Prodigal Son Folding Team

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    This just started happening? Have you tried running some of them in compatability mode?
     
  5. [X]

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    Did all of them. I even downgraded my vidcard driver for troubleshooting purposes. But that didn't help. The errors I get are in different variaties. Blue screen happened once. Instant Crash in desktop happens all the time in many games. It always happens when during gameplay. Not before, not after. Sometimes, it's application failure. Memory stuff like that in warcraft. grr......
     
  6. Petros

    Petros Thief IV

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    Experiment with the games while running your ram slower (133 MHz) and see if it helps. And are all your fans working on your cpu and video card?
     
  7. [X]

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    How do I set the ram speed slower?
    I think I'm already running at 133 mhz.
    All fans are working and running smoothly. I hope...
     
  8. [X]

    [X] Slayer[x] riding again...

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    I already used the fail-safe defaults for the cmos/bios.
    Didn't help.
     
  9. Reg

    Reg eXperienced!

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    The next time it happends, record the error codes (along with the problem it says has happened) and post them. If we knew what error you were getting, we could better troubleshoot.
     
  10. ToronadoXP

    ToronadoXP Blade Runner

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    What are your temps at? Stock AMD heatsink?
     
  11. [X]

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    Temps are @ 48C-50C at idle and 55C-57C at full load.
    Using a glacialtech igloo(if that's a heatsink). Dont know the version or type.
    I have 6 fans in total.
    2 @ front. (Intake)
    1 @ side. (Intake)
    3 @ back. (Including power supply and vidcard cooler) (Outtake)
     
  12. Andy

    Andy Meep.

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    my games were doing this. 2 things seemed to be causing it.

    1. id overclocked my cpu
    2. my temperatures were really high.

    taking my cpu back down and opening the side of my case until i installed some fans did it for me.
     
  13. TheBlueRaja

    TheBlueRaja BR to Some

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    I would suspect your memory - IF you have 2 sticks - try removing one and then playing a games to see if it crashes - if it dont try the other one.
     
  14. [X]

    [X] Slayer[x] riding again...

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    I'll try that.
    BTW, my temps are high isn't it?
     
  15. mooo

    mooo thecyberninja

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    right now my p4 idle is 45Âșc, and gaming is like 52-55 so you should be fine
     
  16. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    Yes, your temps are high, but not high enough to cause crashes.

    I did not see your power supply rating and brand in the above posts. How big is it, and what brand name (if any)?
     

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  17. Xie

    Xie - geek - Subscribed User Folding Team

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    Also prior to the games crashing did you intall any new programs/drivers or make any changes to your system?
     
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    Power suppy: 300W
    Dont know the model.
    I think it's an ATX. (saw it in a sticker attached to my Power supply)
     
  19. MargaritaIce

    MargaritaIce GOD

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    PSU might be the culprit, I cant stress enough how important a good PSU is. Personally I wouldnt go below 400W. I have a 500W and although I didnt go with the best "Turbo Cool" I did get a good one, (approx. $100). I recommend an Enermax, Aspire, or Antec; cant go wrong with those. It sounds like it might be overheating, none of these lock-ups happen when in 2-D apps, correct ? Also, I would suggest underclocking everything, thereby lowering temps, and see if this prolongs the lock-ups. It sounds like everything ius running hot, yet you have decent airflow; did you use any thermal paste w/ CPU & heatsink (Arctic Silver3) ?

    Of course, since your hardware is a little dated, you can always buy all new stuff !!!
     
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    I think I found the source.
    After unplugging 1 stick of my Ram, the games are running smoothly so far.
    I'll keep you guys updated.
    BTW, I ran memtest recently. (I assume you know this program well)
    It said that there are no errors in my memory or ram.
    I ran this program when the errors are getting bad already.