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#1 niceguy

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Posted 19 February 2005 - 11:00 PM

Hi, Never had a problem I couldn't fix till now. :flowers:

Ok, when playing games my sounds starts to skip and
comp freezes for about 15 secs only to pop back and returns to normal, Then about a minute after it starts with the skipping and then freezes only to return working.. have reinstalled everything only to find it still locks up.

First thought it was modem ..I play a on line multi player game happened so much I got a new INTERNET provider still didn't fix it.. bought a new Modem, nothing still acting nutty. So I bought a systems mechanic disk.. Ok, by now you know I know very little about computers. I reinstalled as I said above and installed a offline game and it still haunts me. :trumpet: If anyone has the time to mess with a newbie any help would be very cool thank you for your time. :thumbsup:

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Posted 20 February 2005 - 01:06 PM

Have you updated all the drivers on your machine?

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Posted 20 February 2005 - 03:37 PM

Well yes and no, I have updated my vid card and direct X 9.0c and thats about it not sure what else I can update without making a mistake and killing all hope of returning to the world of online games..:flowers: me poor ... :trumpet: One mistake and I am takin TV from wife to play the xbox. What other drivers are safe to update I notice alot of my drivers like cpu and things I am to afraid to touch, have real old drivers.
Also I dont know what all this stuff means but I d/l Everest program. If there is any info that will help I will try to post it :thumbsup:

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Posted 20 February 2005 - 04:09 PM

Here are a couple of things you might want to do:
1. Close as many applications as you can before launching the game.
2. Make sure you have set your on-line game options for "best performance."

Is your video card and RAM sufficient to play the game, and has this problem just started, or is it a continual problem?
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Posted 20 February 2005 - 05:53 PM

Hi John,

well it started about 2 months ago. I walk away from it since the 7th of Feb this year. My wife is about to kill me so I figured I better get back to trying to fix before I am a single male with a messed up comp. :thumbsup:

computer info if it helps is as follows:

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail)
Date 2005-02-20
Time 17:28


--------[ Summary ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Computer:
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
OS Service Pack -
Internet Explorer 6.0.2600.0000 (IE 6.0 - Windows XP)
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name bleep
User Name DB

Motherboard:
CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 1700 MHz (17 x 100)
Motherboard Name Compaq
Motherboard Chipset Intel Brookdale i845
System Memory 512 MB (SDRAM)
BIOS Type Compaq (09/06/01)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Display:
Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500 (128 MB)
3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce FX 5500
Monitor NEC MultiSync FE700+ [17" CRT] (1X07686NA)

Multimedia:
Audio Adapter Intel 82801BA(M) ICH2X/M - AC'97 Audio Controller [C-0]

Storage:
IDE Controller Intel® 82801BA Bus Master IDE Controller
Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
Disk Drive MAXTOR 4K080H4 (80 GB, 5400 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)
Optical Drive _NEC NR-7800A (16x/10x/40x CD-RW)
Optical Drive COMPAQ DVD-ROM GD-8000 (16x/40x DVD-ROM)
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

Partitions:
C: (NTFS) 72322 MB (66517 MB free)
D: (FAT32) 3986 MB (1330 MB free)

Input:
Keyboard HID Keyboard Device
Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
Mouse HID-compliant mouse
Mouse PS/2 Compatible Mouse

Network:
Network Adapter Intel® PRO/100 VM Network Connection
Network Adapter WAN (PPP/SLIP) Interface (216.93.40.94)
Modem Creative Modem Blaster PCI DI5633

Peripherals:
USB1 Controller Intel 82801BA(M) ICH2X/M - USB Controller 1 [C-0]
USB1 Controller Intel 82801BA(M) ICH2X/M - USB Controller 2 [C-0]
USB Device USB Composite Device
USB Device USB Human Interface Device
USB Device USB Human Interface Device

As far as the game its Minimum 512MB RAM 64MB vid card
the game is Dark Ages of Camelot
Now I have been playing game with no problems for 3 years
I did upgrade Video card about 2 weeks before this started and heat issues not certain if I have issues ..lol
Temperatures:
Motherboard 40 C (104 F)
CPU 58 C (136 F)
MAXTOR 4K080H4 25 C (77 F)

These temps are not in game temps

what I have done so far to fix:

Replaced Modem ... not it
got a second ISP as you can see I thought it was a conection problem till I reinstalled windows and installed a non on-line game and it was still with me.
I have gotten the most recent driver for Vid card .. didnt help
changed vid card to another slot
someone had told me if vid card and modem shared IRQ it could cause problems
and I have D/L almost every spyware and program that I can to help.
but still no fix.
thank you for takin time to respond :flowers:

Dan

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Posted 20 February 2005 - 08:11 PM

Does the problem go away if you keep the case of the computer open?

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Posted 20 February 2005 - 08:45 PM

will open case and see thank you for helping me :thumbsup:

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 06:00 PM

It still acts silly lol ..well I see my little game machine is going to take the ol dirt nap. Any Idea what site is the best to help me build a cheap I mean cheap comp ? any aid will be rockin thank you for your time..

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 06:38 PM

I don't see anthing in your hardware configuration that should prevent your playing the game, although if the problem started after installing a new video card, that would indicate some sort of problem there. If so, this is beyond my little hardware expertise.
You might want to start a new thread in the hardware forum about building a computer for gaming, or take a look at some of the suggestions there.
Can you play a reasonably graphics intenstive game that is NOT on-line? If so, it may be a connectivity problem......
Regards,
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Posted 24 February 2005 - 09:46 PM

Have tried the off line game thing.. Wish I would have before I bought a new modem .. It still effects the game.. I did try to defrag and it stopped telling me I had physical damage to drive now would that cause it? Don't laugh this computer has sent me hundreds of error reports since I turned it on for the first time. :thumbsup:
So I came to the forums If it is a hard drive issue how would I replace I am certain I could hook it up but the OS all I got when I bought the poop machine was a recovery disk would that install windows xp? Forgive my Newbie questions and incorrect spelling :flowers:

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Posted 25 February 2005 - 08:06 PM

Some time when you do not need your computer for a long time, run scandisk and have it check for surface errors (this could take a LONG time if you have a large HD), as well as other errors (make sure auto fix is checked, too). Report back with the results.
It may be smarter, cheaper, and easier to replace a defective hard drive (IF that is the problem) than any other solution.
Regards,
John
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