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#1 Andy K.

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 05:08 PM

:flowers: I have researched and tried my hardest to figure out why my screen goes black after a few minutes of playing some games I have installed on my :thumbsup: computer. It doesn't happen all the time but enough to really bug the crap out of me. I have Directx 9.0c and looked for updates or am I barking up the wrong tree? I just wanna play :trumpet: Please can someone help me?
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Posted 18 January 2010 - 05:25 PM

Post your system specs, that helps the guys to give you feed back.

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 05:40 PM

Sorry about that... Windows xp home 2002 Serv. pack 3 emachines T3104 AMD sempron processor 3100+ 1.80GHz 704 MB of ram VIA/S3G UniChrome Pro IPG Am I missing anything I'm not real sure what you need?

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 05:53 PM

My opinion you do not have enough physical ram for gaming, I have a 3.4 dou core with 2 megs and find it a bit slow when running some apps.

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 06:07 PM

It's odd because it has done so since bought new in 2006 and as I said only does it sometimes and I have to manually restart (hit the panic button I say :thumbsup: ) Oh well, thank you for your response Phil! Have a great night.

Edited by Andy K., 18 January 2010 - 06:07 PM.


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Posted 18 January 2010 - 06:57 PM

Well...if it only happens when gaming...I think Phil has a valid point.

Gaming is the most intense use of a system and I'd say that your graphics card/RAM combo is the weak point. I don't game but I think those who do game would agree.

I see that the Via chipset dates back to DirectX 7, I suspect it's time for a change if you want to game.

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 07:39 PM

Thanks Louis I will be looking into updating my vid/graphics card. Thank you both so much for your help :thumbsup:
Andy



P.S. I do not know if this helps but I'm only playing small file hidden object games example: 151mb

Edited by Andy K., 18 January 2010 - 07:48 PM.


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Posted 18 January 2010 - 08:06 PM

Look into your swap file that may help things a bit, you mention the machine is up since 2006. All things added that have anything running in the background eat ram in one form or another. Swapping to a card with more oomph may do it, but keep and eye on power demands your power supply needs to be up to the task.

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 01:00 PM

Can anyone suggest the right card I should be looking for to get better performance? I have two 512 mem cards what about the video card?
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Posted 02 February 2010 - 01:45 PM

http://www.emachines.com/support/product_s...amp;model=T3104

The spec sheet shows you are using the onboard video. The upgrade video slot is agp 8X, which is nearly obsolete and limits the cards you can buy. The available cards are fairly cheap for lots of bang.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814130465
This one is less than 40.00

You can disable the onboard in the bios and toggle agp first if needed in the bios too.

You will get back the system ram it was assigning to the onboard video also.

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 09:06 PM

Awesome Ken thanks :thumbsup: very much.
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