i have been playing cs/wc3/wow for a long time now, and recently (past week or so) i have been experiencing problems such as freezing, and soemtimes game cannot go into correct mode to play for games like wc3 and starcraft, so i have to reboot, im pretty sure the cause of this is my graphics card, but i dont know why it would JUST start happening, obviously my specs are fine since i have been playing these games flawlessly for a long time now, my specs are as follows:
radeon x800gt 256mb 1gb ram 3.2 ghz processor
id appreciate all help, thanks
video cards can just go on you with no warning. Is the game loading when it freezes or is this during play?
loads the game, then usually takes about 5-10 minuets and freezes =\
Well make sure the fan on the video card is still working. If it's not, it could be causing the card to overheat, and create the symptoms you're mentioning above.
Also, what is the temp inside your case?
Did you do a clean install of the newest drivers?
It does sound like overheating, download ATI tool and tell us what tempertures the card is running at.
how do i make sure the program runs using Open GL, i notice this worked for me when i had WoW troubles when i first got the game, cant i right click the icon and in the target type -opengl or soemthing, i forget exactly how it works
Well... 99% of the world's games run automatically on the best software render it can use, whether that be OpenGL or Direct3d; my point is, I sincerely doubt that's the problem. There can be a million things wrong with this scenario, events ranging from bad cooling to a corrupt resistor. In any case, the first thing you should do is basic troubleshooting steps - such as a clean install of your drivers, possibly a re-installation of Windows(or w/e operating system you're currently using), or even remounting your stock cooler fans on your system components, mainly the processor or graphics processor. Once again, go through some simple trouble shooting steps, and then get back to us on any information about what could be wrong, that is... if there still is. In most cases, this is the fault of either a bad power supply or overheating. The Radeon x*00 series tend to have bad cooling and can overheat a lot - I know, since I have issues with my x700PRO a lot. The first thing I usually do is clean all the fans/sinks on my processor and gpu - if that doesn't do it, I dig deeper. So a good example would be downloading the ATi tool and scanning for artifacts/underclocking. Like I said, a milliong scenarios. So just get to the basics. Hope it works out for ya'