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Computer freezes shortly after starting all 3d Games

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#1 50PercentRick


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Posted 01 March 2011 - 12:42 AM

I've been having this problem for some while where shortly after (anywhere from 10 seconds to 2 minutes) starting a 3D game, the screen freezes leaving the last image on the screen, not moving.
No blue screen, no black screen, just a frozen image of whatever I was doing right when it froze.

I've updated my BIOS and Graphics drivers to no avail. I really don't know what else to try.
I've google'd the problem I'm having and nobody ever seems to come to a solid conclusion on even a leading suspected cause could be. The problem always differs slightly enough to make any answer not applicable to my scenario.

I'm getting upset because while I'm well aware I don't have a very powerful rig, I would assume at least at bare minimum I should be able to run these games with the lowest display quality and resolution smoothly.

So at this point I don't know if it's a PSU problem, MOBO issue, or GFX card problem, even though I'm inclined to believe it's a video card problem or cooling issue.

Is overheating even a possibility as I have one 120mm case fan blowing directly on my gfx card, along with an "on-chip" fan and a case exhaust fan located directly behind and above the video card. Not to mention my two other front bay fans and 200mm top fan. I would imagine that's more than enough airflow to cool a card of this power?

Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 12:48 AM

What game are you attempting to play?

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#3 50PercentRick

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 12:50 AM

Computer freezes shortly after starting all 3d Games Most Recently tried Project Blackout

But i've also tried Half Life, Counter Strike, and a few others.

Edited by 50PercentRick, 01 March 2011 - 12:52 AM.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 10:50 AM

What is the make and model of your PSU?

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 04:51 PM

If you haven't blown out the computer in a while my first thought would be that the video card is fukk of dust. Blow the entire computer out with a can of compressed air paying special attention to getting everything out of the video card. Oh and outside is best uness you want to look like Linus. :hysterical:
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