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Vista Crashes While Playing Games


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#1 thursdayeveryday

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 07:22 PM

Hello BleepingComputer

Everytime I play a video game on my computer, within 10 - 40 minutes into it, my computer completely freezes. My monitor displays what looks like static or white noise that's usually red, green, blue or yellow - my speakers also emit a buzzing sort of sound when this happens, the exact sounds and colors usually depends on what was happening during the game.

This happens in Call of Duty 4 and Bioshock. I tried re-installing CoD4 but it fixes nothing, and ran Bioshock in windowed mode, and again the same thing happened.

I've also tried increasing the voltage on my memory up to +0.3V but that again didn't work.

This problem only occurs during those games, and gaming is the only highly CPU/memory intensive activity done on this computer.

Any one have an idea? :thumbsup:

Specs:
Motherboard:Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L rev. 3
CPU: Intel Core2Duo 2.66GHz
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB DDR2-1066
HDD: Samsung 500GB SATA
Video: XFX NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
Power Supply: 420 Watt

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#2 thursdayeveryday

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 11:34 PM

*bump*

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 11:44 AM

Video card drivers?

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 11:00 PM

I've reinstalled the NVIDIA drivers and the motherboard drivers to no avail.
Drivers are the most recent versions downloaded from their respective websites.

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 07:24 AM

OK...Does your Hardware meets Minimal Requirments,if yes-Reccomended?

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 08:01 AM

Have you got the latest version of directx? I would assume that you do because most of the time the game install does that for you. If you are not sure then make sure it is directx 10. Also make sure you have all the latest patches for the game.

Its hard to tell because the system specs you posted up there are plenty enough and the memory is right on target for reccommended but they are far from minimum. So it is probabaly a software problem, Make sure the computer has acknowledged the Nvida card that is installed. Are you running vista or xp?

Do you have the settings for the games maxed out? if so maybe try lowering them a little, the processor might be having a little trouble handling all the instructions. let me know what happens
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Posted 28 August 2008 - 11:21 PM

I do have the latest version of directx and patches necessary.

I tried lowering the settings a bit and eureka! no more crashing!

I would really like to get the game back up to its old setting so what would you recommend I upgrade? Would adding another 2GB of RAM do the trick, or should I get a new processor? (cheapest solution preferred)

using windows vista

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 10:47 AM

I would get the memory can never go wrong getting more memory just make sure you get the same kind you have now, The cpu you have now is a good one and I would not replace it for a while at least not until the price of the core 2 quad comes down. That memory you have is really nice I was looking at it on new egg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820148070

I would say memory is a good idea because it cpu goes to memory before it goes to the hard drive for data and the more memory you have the less it needs to pull from the hard drive.
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Posted 29 August 2008 - 10:53 AM

here have a look at this also



it is a good video explaining how that works,it is one of my favorite
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Posted 29 August 2008 - 03:05 PM

So, to add memory the two new sticks just need to have the same speed as the existing ones right? I was thinking of buying these since they are cheaper than the Crucial ones. The only difference between them is the voltage (Crucial is 2.2V vs. mushkin 2.1V)

And, thanks for the informative video!

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 03:27 PM

It should be just fine as long as you have a 64bit version of vista. I think most versions of vista are 64 bit though.
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