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slammincivic

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#1 16 years ago

I have just formatted my computer because of this problem and I still have it. I will being playing, random times, it will crash. The screen goes blank, then comes back with vertical lines of video and the computer is locked hard core. I have to unplug the thing to restart it.

2400 Athlon Abit KD7 Mainboard 512 DDR 400 Ram GeForce2 Ti 64MB

I am so pissed with this game now and have tried all the suggestions that I can find in this forum and the NET in general. I even called EA tech support, what a waste of time, and they couldn't fix it.

Any help from the gurus here would be greatly appreciated.




apocalypse_kid

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#2 16 years ago

Hi slammincivic,

Your problem is almost certainly a hardware problem and not related to BF1942 at all, so EA is hardly going to be able to help (not that thier help is much good anyway).

Your problem is may be caused by either the vid card, CPU, memory or even power supply.

It is less likely to be the PSU, that usually caused the PC to reboot, but you say you have to unplug it to restart? that's unusual. If the reset switch doesn't work press down and hold the power switch for 6 to 8 seconds to force the PSU to do a hardware reset.

Cause of the vid corruption I would suggest checking the vid card first, it may be overheating, that will cause it to do really strange things like locking up and corrupt vid display, try borrowing a vid card from a friend and see if it does the same thing. Memory is easy to check, if you have more than one DIMM pull each one out and run the other by itself to see if it keeps doing it, otherwise borrow some mem. Finally check your CPU for overheating. Your motherboard will have and onboard heat sensor for the CPU, you can either access it through the BIOS or get something like motherboard monitor to show the temp in windows.

When you are in your BIOS also try setting the memory and vid card settings to a lower lever (ie; if you are running your mem at CAS2 try CAS2.5, turn of SBA for you vid card etc)

Good luck, let me know how you go.

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slammincivic

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#3 16 years ago

Hi apocalypse_kid,

First off thanks for posting back. I kinda figured that it is a hardware issue since I just formatted the whole computer and still getting the same problem. I would think though that if there is a problem with the hardware, that it would be affecting other games too. I can play almost anything for hours, UT2003, Dungeon Siege, GTA3, and never have a problem. The MB is not overheating, at least according to the BIOS PC Health section. Running relatively low temp, can't remember exactly, not by that computer right now.

I am currently running a memory tester on the RAM since I have only one 512 DIMM.

Oh and I can hold down the power button, I'm just retarded and wasn't holding it long enough:p

The last thing you said though "When you are in your BIOS also try setting the memory and vid card settings to a lower lever (ie; if you are running your mem at CAS2 try CAS2.5, turn of SBA for you vid card etc)"

I am unfamilar with those settings. If you could dumb it down for me, that would be awesome. Also if you have anymore suggestions on how to attempt a fix at my problem, it would be greatly appreciated.

Also, would a screenshot of the vid corruption be helpful? I could take a digital pic and upload if needs be.

Thanks again for all your help.




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#4 16 years ago

Hi slammincivic,

It looks like it may be your vid card then. The other games you mention (UT2003, Dungeon Siege, GTA3) Don't use the advanced features on your vidcard to nearly the same extent as BF, this is the most demanding game ever for vid cards (until the next one that is :lol: ) and uses features that the others don't bother with. I would suggest that as a first attack point, maybe overheating due to load?

The settings in BIOS relate to your mem and vid card. CAS2 should be used for fast, reliable, top range memory, CAS2.5 for generic "don't know who the hell made it but it's cheap!" memory.

SBA stands for Side Band Addressing for your vid card, it will give a few percent boost in your frame rates but can cause probs with some PC's, if you BIOS supports this feature try turning it off and see what happens.

Good luck and let me know how you go

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