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Tango Protocol

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#1 13 years ago

Lately I have been having a problem with my computer with crashing and immediatly restarting. I am 98.9% sure it's not a virus, because I am very careful of what I download, and I am not a computer n00b (10 years in the making of a computer expert ;)) I have a guess it's definately related to my graphics card being defective or something screwing up in that area. It did this a lot in the beginning of the year.. it first started when I was playing Dystopia for STEAM.. and another time when I was playing America's Army. After it rebooted (while playing one of those games) it would keep randomly crashing, even when not playing a game. It wouldn't be constistant, either. Like sometimes I'd sign on to AIM, and it's crash the exact second I'd hit enter, sometimes it would crash after click my start menu.. usually it's right after I click something (it's really random each time.) For some reason it stopped for awhile, until just recently when I have been playing BattleField 2. I played BF2 for a few hours every day, with no problem. Just yesterday, it started the whole crash thing again (it would lock-up for 3-4 seconds and then reboot the computer). So now since that one crash while playing BF2, it's been rebooting erratically. This is very irritating.. and actually when it first started crashing (back in early fall), one time it crashed and it brought my system registry with it; all my local account settings and everything was gone. I've run chkdsk through the command prompt and it has remove da lot of orphaned files. I have no idea how to fix this problem, and I can not afford a new video card.

I've also noticed that this txt file has appeared (it's appears to be a crash log of my Java VM) on my deskstop since the frequent crashing. Take a look at it, and please help.

Also... I think I fixed the crashing in the late fall by turning off full acceleration and turning it down a little bit, but now it crashes no matter what that setting is.




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#2 13 years ago

Text file didnt attach (i had to give it a new extension)

My apologies for double posting, by the way




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#3 13 years ago

-See if the fan attached to the card still spins freely. Check for a mountain of dust on it and just keep blowing it, till its clear.

-Try swapping the card for another one(car boot sale £3) and see if it crashes still, after you've changed it. If it doesn't then you need a new card.

EDIT:

You might want to get Service Pack 2 from Microsoft.


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#4 13 years ago

That sounds like a driver issue. I was experiencing the same problems the other week with Bf:Vietnam and my computer would constantly crash if i clicked or pressed a button. I updated all my drivers and one of them fixed my problem. If that doesn't work try to Disable Java in Msconfig or update it to the latest version.




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#5 13 years ago

If it's crashing outside of 3D-based applications, then I'd say your video card isn't the prime suspect. I'm going to point the finger at RAM on this one, random crashes are a common symptom of defective memory. Try swopping the sticks with any spare ones that you (or a friend) have lying around and see if that makes a difference.

Nevertheless, there may be a software issue...by all means, try updating your drivers and whatnot, but don't be surprised if the symptoms persist.




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#6 13 years ago

I didnt even think of ram. Ya rookies right. If you dont have extra ram but have more than one stick in your computer try testing them one at a time.




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#7 13 years ago

Compliments of DXDiag

------------------ System Information ------------------ Time of this report: 11/27/2005, 12:12:35 Machine name: RKNIPP Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 1 (2600.xpsp2.050301-1526) Language: English (Regional Setting: English) System Manufacturer: GBT___ System Model: AWRDACPI BIOS: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.4GHz Memory: 1280MB RAM Page File: 237MB used, 2817MB available Windows Dir: C:\WINNT DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904) DX Setup Parameters: /Silent DxDiag Version: 5.03.0001.0904 32bit Unicode

--------------- Display Devices --------------- Card name: ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 SERIES Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc. Chip type: ATI RADEON 9600 Series AGP (0x4150) DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz) Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4150&SUBSYS_47721002&REV_00 Display Memory: 128.0 MB




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#8 13 years ago

I highly suggest you get SP2. I was leary at first with all the horror stories about SP2, but I updated both my PC's and there was malicious software found and fixed!

As far as the random crash thing, I want to agree and say a bad stick of RAM, but malicious software can also do that.




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#9 13 years ago

My dad won't go for SP2. I loaded it on his laptop once, and his laptop would boot up into a BSOD; an unrecoverable error. He had to reinstall windows XP, and will not let me load SP2 on his computer.




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#10 13 years ago

KnippschildLately I have been having a problem with my computer with crashing and immediatly restarting. I am 98.9% sure it's not a virus, because I am very careful of what I download, and I am not a computer n00b (10 years in the making of a computer expert ;)) I have a guess it's definately related to my graphics card being defective or something screwing up in that area. It did this a lot in the beginning of the year.. it first started when I was playing Dystopia for STEAM.. and another time when I was playing America's Army. After it rebooted (while playing one of those games) it would keep randomly crashing, even when not playing a game. It wouldn't be constistant, either. Like sometimes I'd sign on to AIM, and it's crash the exact second I'd hit enter, sometimes it would crash after click my start menu.. usually it's right after I click something (it's really random each time.) For some reason it stopped for awhile, until just recently when I have been playing BattleField 2. I played BF2 for a few hours every day, with no problem. Just yesterday, it started the whole crash thing again (it would lock-up for 3-4 seconds and then reboot the computer). So now since that one crash while playing BF2, it's been rebooting erratically. This is very irritating.. and actually when it first started crashing (back in early fall), one time it crashed and it brought my system registry with it; all my local account settings and everything was gone. I've run chkdsk through the command prompt and it has remove da lot of orphaned files. I have no idea how to fix this problem, and I can not afford a new video card.

I've also noticed that this txt file has appeared (it's appears to be a crash log of my Java VM) on my deskstop since the frequent crashing. Take a look at it, and please help.

Also... I think I fixed the crashing in the late fall by turning off full acceleration and turning it down a little bit, but now it crashes no matter what that setting is.

same thing use to happen to me...




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