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Computer freezes in game, XP, Geforce 7600GT, PixelShader 2.0

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#1 HenkBakker


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Posted 03 September 2009 - 06:33 AM

Hi, I have a returning problem with my computer and would really appreciate your help. I think itís a save bet to say it has to do with my videocard.

Whenever I try to play Civilization 4 or The Sims 3 on my computer, (I meet all the required specs) it freezes randomly in the same way with both games. Sometimes it freezes right away when I enter the game (not in game menu) and sometimes not after 2 hours. When it freezes the screen freezes and it gets a bit scrambled. After a few seconds I can move the cursor but I canít click anything. The only way to get out of the freeze is by turning the computer off.

The only similarity I found between the games is that they both use PixelShader 2.0. But I donít know if that could be the problem.
I hope you have some suggestions

My sytem specs are:
Intel Pentium Celeron D CPU 3,2 Ghz
1,50 GB RAM
Nvidia Geforce 7600GT (AGP, 512 RAM)

Iíve tried so far:

1. Install / reinstall game

2. Change in-game quality

3. Install/update new drivers, I appears that the Omega drivers work the best. Also updated motherboard, DirectX etc.

4. Monitor temperature, idle around 50 degrees Celsius. The game however also crashes at low temp, i.e. 60 degrees.

5. Cleaned out the entire computer, took the RAM out and put it in again, took the videocard out and put it in again.

6. Run several diagnostic programs, no apparent problems

I would really appreciate your help!



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#2 Sterling14


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Posted 04 September 2009 - 11:06 AM

Welcome to bleepingcomputer!

How long have you been experiencing this problem? Did you make any change to your computer before the problem started occurring?

If you have multiple sticks of ram, I would try one at a time and see if you still have the same problem. You can run memtest too memtest.org
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