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07-24-04, 10:01 PM #1
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- Dec 2002
PC crashes when trying to play any game
I have installed a few game demos from gamespot (call of duty, panzers, etc). I have got them to play, but all of them eventually crash. The screen turns into a rainbox of vertical lines and you can hear the music, but the PC won't respond (not even to alt-f4 or ctrl-alt-del). I have to manually restart. I have installed the newest drivers from ati.
I have an ati AIW 8500DV
AMD athlon XP 1900
Windows XP SP1
07-24-04, 10:08 PM #2
Check your system temperature in the BIOS under PC health. Remove and reinstall your video card. Got all the latest updated form microsoft? (all one million)E6600 @2.99GHz - DFI Infinity P965 Dark - 4GB PC6400 - WD 300GB Raptor - WD 74GB Raptor - Radeon HD 3850 256MB - Vista Business
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07-25-04, 06:36 PM #3
I had that happen once. Turns out it was a bad Driver installation. I had tried to upgrade to the latest Omegas but it borked my setup. Reinstalled them and i was fine.
07-25-04, 06:43 PM #4
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thanks, I'll check the driver and temps out again.
07-25-04, 06:47 PM #5
07-25-04, 06:55 PM #6
I think the system should handle the games fine. Possible problems to check out:
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- RAM. Run memtest86 from www.memtest86.com and see if the RAM is bad.
- Heat. What are your CPU temps under load?
- PSU. What are the rails like? Particularly the 5v?
- Video. Latest drivers you say? Is the card adequately cooled? Any chance of running 3dmark and seeing if the same problem occurs? Might be a problem with the card itself.
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07-26-04, 07:41 PM #7
I'd say definitely check out your video card. I had the exact same problem last year, and when I looked at my video card several of the caps had bulged and were leaking.Main Gaming PC- Intel Desktop: "Cyborgmind: Duo"
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