I'm completely lost and need help.
I'm an avid player of "The Sims 2" and have all of their expansion packs. Recently, my game started freezing after twenty minutes of play. I couldn't go to my desktop or even bring up my task manager. So I'd have to resort to giving it a hard reboot.
I thought maybe it was the game itself, but then noticed that while I was playing a streaming video on a website, I got a freeze and had to do a hard reboot. I suspected it could have been my video card (xfx Nvidia GeForce 6200) so I replaced it with the same type of card and kept getting the freezes. Next, I thought it could have been my Ram. I'm working with Windows XP and only had 512mb of Ram. Today, I upgraded to 1gb of ram and still experience the freezing problem while playing the Sims. The other day, I even froze a few minutes after turning on Yahoo Voice Chat.
I thought maybe it was my sound card (C-media AC97 Driver) that maybe needed a driver update but I can't seem to find an update on the web anywhere for this driver, not even on Cmedia's website!
Does anyone else have any suggestions of what could be causing my freezes? I've used compressed air to clean dust from my system, scanned for viruses, spyware and malware, and can't seem to come up with any other ideas. Any and all suggestions are welcomed!