I have a very unusual problem that has been dragging on for few weeks now. The problem is quite common, unfortunately it seems it does not have a common solution. The problem is simple. No game in my possession will run for more than about 5 minutes, without crashing. This includes BF1942, Farcry Demo, CivIII, Half-Life and Call of Duty. As an example I will be using BF1942. I start any type of game, any map, any graphics setting, any sound setting and the game will literally flicker to the destop within a minute. So far I have concluded that the problem is NOT: - Related to refresh rates. I have tried all that my monitor supports and edited the videodefault.con to allow all refresh rates. - A sound issue, I have tried a SB Live card and my motherboard onboard Audio. Both have the same effect. - A faulty Motherboard. It has been tested by the shop I bought it from. - Faulty RAM, the RAM has also been tested. - A faulty Graphics Card, it been tested also. - A faulty Hard Drive, again its been tested. That out of the way it seems that it can only be a software or driver problem. The specifications of my computer are: Windows XP Professional Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 1 Build 2600 512MB RAM @ 166Hz AMD Athlon XP 2800+ @ 2.25GHz RADEON 9600 XT AGP (0*4152) @ 400MHz (Catalyst 4.1 currently) CHAINTECH APOGEE 7NJL1 (n-FORCE chipset with latest drivers) 40GB Hard-Disk (unsure of make)
Note, the computer fails to complete 3D Mark03. It will crash at approximately the end of the 4th Game test each time. Usually resulting in the monitor turning off and either restarting of returning to desktop. Also in several instances of crashing in BF1942 the computer will restart. Sometimes when windows re-loads I will recieve those formal error messages you can report. Once reported it will occasionally tell me that the crash was cause by 'ATI Program Driver' of something along those lines. Leading me to believe it was ATI and their dodgy drivers again. However I have tried Catalyst versions 3.1, 3.7, 3.8, 4.1 and 4.3 all to similar effect. Thats all for now. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. :)
have you tried the graphics card manufacturer Drivers, and also use the DXDiag tool to get really detailed info about your hardware spec, you can do this by going START RUN typing DXdiag and hit enter, it has more help indexes and can tell you how to make advanced changes that may help you solve the problem. I agree it sounds like a software problem, hope this can help.
cheers for the reply.
Did what you said, it failed the dx tests and caused the monitor to switch off. So I got the drivers from the manufacturers site and now it passes dxdiag although I still have the same problem in BF.
Uh... BF1942, its suprisingly tough on video performance, even though its not all that detailed and complex in scenery as other similar games, i sometines have problems running that game myself even with my FX 5900 ultra when playing for more than an hour. if thats the only game still having trouble with then i not sure how to help further, that game is a bastard sometimes.
Upgrade your motherboards AGP port drivers, and download latest catalyst drivers (inlcuding hotfixes). Check your openGL settings, vsync etc..
leave vsync off tho
The problem was my Connect 3D 9600 didn't like running with Fast write and AGP 8x on, switch them both off and it runs like a dream. Thanks for the suggestions guys, pointed me in the right place :beer:
your 9600XT wont work properly on 8x agp? thats strange, it should be compatible, if your right i would have the manufacturer send you a new on, cos it should be 8x compliant. Or maybe its just fast write that is causing the prob. try turning just 8x agp back on and see if the prob comes back. you dont want to hinder your performanse using just 4x on an 8x card.
Pestilence64your 9600XT wont work properly on 8x agp? thats strange, it should be compatible, if your right i would have the manufacturer send you a new on, cos it should be 8x compliant. Or maybe its just fast write that is causing the prob. try turning just 8x agp back on and see if the prob comes back. you dont want to hinder your performanse using just 4x on an 8x card.
prolly because of the motherboard. I know someone who has to run their 9600XT on 4x because their p4 mobo sucks ass running 8x.
should return the board then