Well I have a problem, which has been bothering me for quite some time, the information on the problem is found bellow.
Problem, while running most of my games (even the older ones like gangsters 2) my system will inexplicably freeze, the picture on the screen will freeze and nothing will respond Ctrl Alt Del doesnt work and the mouse pointer will not respond, the keyboard is also inactive sometimes before it crashes the screen will go brighter, however this does not always happen.
Hardware, I am running a NF7-S motherboard (socket A), Ge-Force FX 5200 graphics card (8*AGP 256 meg DDR), 2 sticks of 512 MB DDR PC2100 at 266MHz(memory), 300W ATX pc case and an AMD XP 2600 processor.
Core software, Windows 2000 Professional edition, Zone alarm pro Norton anti virus and ad aware 6.0 I also use opera internet browser and some home grown fire wall applications that shouldnt have any effect on the crashing. I have the latest graphics card drivers installed and the motherboard drivers are installed
History of problems, the processor failed to be recognised when I created the system and I had to set the clock speed of it to the appropriate multiplier in the bios and the error I am posting here.
This problem has been going on for quite some time now, please :help:
This is what I would do. Ditch the PC and get a Mac. Viola. But of course, for a little while you won't have many games to play. But wait a few months and all of the good games will be porting to Mac.
what setting are you running the game at? did you run virus scan run defrag? look on the games web site to get a patch or tech support
Yes I have run virus scan and defragged my computer I have reformatted the hard disk several times and run ad aware. I run the games on different detail settings and it doesnt seem to make any difference, it is the majority of my games so I dont think that its a patch specific problem.
I cant get a Mac because it wont run the stuff I want it to, also it wouldn't work on our network.
One of your RAM chips might be burned out, or you could have an elusive trojan virus, that or you've scratched your CDs.
It sounds like your motherboard is overheating and shutting down at a certain temp. Classic gaming problem.
If you want to check how hot your CPU gets when its working max load, download this program. Standard BIOS settings for shutdown is 70 or 80 degrees celcius. Your hardware wont take any damage unless you get over 80 degrees. Write down results in a post if you try..
I dont think its RAM because an error would have occured much earlier.. there is no "half working" ram, either its fine, or its busted..
Six hours latter....
Hot CPU Tester Pro(Lite Edition) 220.127.116.115 Copyright © 1999-2003 7Byte Computers Thursday, June 03, 2004 - 18:58:57 Diagnostic Report --------------------------------------------- Test Started at: 12:58:32 Test Duration: 06:00:00 Physical Processors Available: 1 Logical Processors Available: 1 Multi-Processors System(SMP): Not Available Hyper-Threading Technology: Not Available CPU Name String: AMD Athlon(tm) Speed: 2087MHz Logical Processors Tested: CPU 0 Average CPU(s) Performance: 100.0%
Modules Results: Complex Matrix: Finished without error Calculating Pi: Finished without error Sorting Algorithms: Finished without error Prime Test: Finished without error Fast Fourier Transforms: Chipset: L1 Cache: L2 Cache: Memory: Finished without error HD: Finished without error MMX: Finished without error SSE: SSE2: 3DNow!:
Are there any application or system errors in your event viewer logs?
Well I've gone through them, but none of them seem to be related to the lock-up, (I know it is a proper lock-up because the numlock key will not respond,) there's a few related to the network, but thats to be expected.
It doesnt appear to be a heat problem, although this is not conclusive, I have a 300w atx switching power supply in the case, would this be sufficient to run this sort of set-up?
Only games are crashing? Have you had a closer look at your videocard? Drivers, heat, etc.
Here are the numbers for watt usage.
AMD Athlon XP - 60W-72W AMD Athlon XP Tbred - 50W-75W AMD Duron 1.0-1.3Ghz - 50W-55W Intel P3 800-1.4Ghz - 25W-40W Intel P4 1.4-20Ghz - 55W-75W Intel P4 Northwood - 55W-70W Intel P4 3.06Ghz+ - 75W Intel Celeron FC-PGA/FC-PGA2 - 25W-35W Intel Celeron Skt. 478 - 45W-55W ATX Motherboard - 40W-65W AGP Video Card - 30W-70W PCI Video Card - 20W-35W 256MB RAM - 20W 512MB RAM - 35W IDE CD-RW Drive - 25W-35W SCSI CD-RW Drive - 20W-25W IDE CD-Rom - 20W-30W SCSI CD-Rom - 15W-20W IDE DVD-Rom - 20W-25W IDE Hard Drive - 15W-20W SCSI Hard Drive - 15W-25W 15,000 RPM SCSI Hard Drive - 35W Floppy Drive - 8W Network Card - 5W Modem - 5W Sound Card - 5W-10W SCSI Controller Card - 20W FireWire Controller Card - 30W-40W USB 2.0 Controller Card - 5W-20W Case Fan - 3W CPU Fan - 3W