i have a problem and dont know what to do. my COD UO keeps freezing up and crashing my computer. before this it would freeze up every once and awhile if it was a busy server or alot of lag, and it was fixed with an easy computer restart. yesterday my game crashes and gives me and error messege saying that my 3D accelerator has failed and restart the computer to fix the problem, so i do and get back into game, but this time the game crashes my screen turns off and wont turn back on and there is no error messege at all. i asked around and i was told maybe my drivers we out of date, so i go and update my drivers. i get into game and it runs like a dream for about an hour and the crashing begins again. so i set all my setting down to duke nukem setting and try to play but i cant even get past the main menu of the game when it dies on my again. ive unistalled and installed the game about 5 times now and im still not sure what to do. i have an ATI radeon 9550 i believe. and i just got it around chistman time last year. any help would be greatly accepted, so i can go and shoot my germans again.
Its clearly a system problem. The question is - what? It could be your video driver as the error message indicates that.
What version of ATi catalyst are you running? (this is the ATi video driver)
Well your problem certainly would seem to be in your graphics system somewhere. You really need to positively identify your graphics card, and update your drivers from the manufacturers website, rather than generic from the chipmakers. Also, overheating may be a problem. Check airflow/fans etc. Also check your power supply is rated highly enough to cope with your system. Check your power connectors are making good contact.
ATI cards are known to have problems if you don't remove old drivers. Try to ensure that all your old ATI drivers are removed. I also aree with Goliath, heat may well be an issue.
The problem occured before any driver updates, so its not going to be a new driver overlay.
Its quite possible its PunkBuster. Lag due to PB streaming can cause the 3D renderer to crash out.
I had the exact same problem.
Mind you, I couldn't install the latest drivers because my PC was fecked and I couldn't install DX9 or SP2.
The only thing that worked was a new XP install. I didn't reformat, I just did a new installation which keeps all your files. Not the "Over existing installation" install, but when the WinXP setup asks you which kind of install, choose the clean install. You still keep all your documents and files and games and stuff but the user accounts are gone.
thanks for all the help. ive tried everything you guys have said except for brianman23's comment. nothing has worked. installed all new drivers, reinstalled my vid card, installed CoD UO patch just to find out i already had it, tried turning off PB and tried to find a PB patch but couldnt find one. and i have reinstalled cod and uo about 8 times now. and i cleaned my whole pc and made sure it had plenty of air. but really stumps me is that it only does it for CoD, any other game i play is perfect. i have games like civ 4 and my vid card has no problems or americas army and i dont have any problems there too, its just when it comes to CoD it goes funky. thank you for your help
try the following if it hasn't already been suggested (can't be bothered to go back through the replies lol) Uninstall CoD. Ensure the CoD directory has been deleted completely. search for cod.ini and coduo.ini in the windows folder. If you find them, then delete them. Run a registry cleaner to clean the registry of any remnants. Re-boot and then re-install. Let us know if it works. BB1
hmm sounds like your graphics cards going bad... unless you have overdrive on. ( a setting under properties that really pushes your graphics card ) i had the same problem.. all i did was turn it off and things got better. you can find it under.. properties..> settings..> advanced..> ATI OVERDRIVE than turn it off.