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#1 bender1013

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 12:14 AM

I have been playing computer games for a while now and had a couple problems that i have been able to figure out. Now though my computer started freezing up during the first 5 minutes of gameplay. It started happening monday the 27th and i cannot figure out what is wrong. i have tested all my games(WoW, CoD black ops, CoDmw2, Fallout new vegas) and they all seem to crash within the first 5 minutes of gameplay, and i have to ctrl-alt-del to close them. my friend was suggesting that it could be my graphics card but i do not know.

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 01:42 PM

You might check the mfgrs website for known compatibility issues or patches
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Posted 29 December 2010 - 09:39 PM

i was looking around on the net and came across this program speefan. these are the temps that it says:

Gpu: 58c ( has fire symbol by it)
temp1:53c (fire symbol by it)
temp2:-78c
temp3:-49c
HD0:30c
core 0: 37c
core 1: 28c
core 2: 35c
core 3: 30c

do these temps look alright for the computer being idol?

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 10:59 PM

Check temps first. Idle temps are useless.

Run Furmark http://downloads.guru3d.com/downloadget.php?id=2523&file=4&evp=60eaef59527cc159ec31ffcf712aea20 Furmark has a built in temp gauge, but use speedfan as a backup to verify. Run it for a few seconds/minutes and see if your GPU temp gets over 80-90C. Check out your fan speed to see if it ramps accordingly. GPU-Z is another handy program as well. Time how long it takes to get to the 90C mark if it does. Does Furmark freeze up?

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 04:24 AM

Check also in the event log to see if it a driver that causes the problem.
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