Windows XP Home Service Pack 3
Asus A8N-32 SLI Deluxe motherboard
AMD FX-60 2.61 ghz Dual-Core processor, Thermaltake brass/copper heatsink and fan
2gb Ultra PC3200 RAM, 2 1gb sticks
850 watt Ultra "Modular" power supply
Creative X-FI X-Treme Music sound card
ATI "Sapphire" X-1950 XT PCI-Express x16 256mb RAM video card
2 x 320gb Seagate SATA harddrives, not set to RAID. One of the drives has Windows and my programs on it, while other second drive contains my documents and other files on it.
I have not tested any other games, as I mainly only "attempt" to play Battlefield 2 Forgotten Hope 2 mod. As I am gaming, my entire system will freeze up, with my harddrive light on my tower being lit up steady. Battlefield 2 "vinalla" will not freeze up as often, although it still will sometimes freeze up, like during an artillary strike or something that is more intense on the system hardware. Forgotten Hope 2 mod is more hardware intensive and I believe that is why I experience more freezing while playing the mod versus stock Battlefield 2.
Awhile back, I was getting a "kernell_stack_inpage" BSOD error while playing Battlefield 2 and Forgotten Hope 2 mod. Sometimes it would also occur when the system was just idle at the desktop, but that was rare. It did happen a few times though, so I figure I should mention it. I ran a MEMTEST86 and while it was scanning one night, it found 1 error. I tried to find out which stick of RAM was bad by testing them individually, although MEMTEST86 was not finding any errors on either RAM stick. So I reinstalled both RAM sticks, and have ran MEMTEST86 all night a few times since then, and it never finds any errors. I have also run DRIVE FITNESS and Seagate's SEA TOOLS and they are showing that both of my harddrives are healthy with no issues there.
After swapping out the RAM and reseating the RAM that first time, I never experienced a BSOD again. However, after that, although I no longer experience a BSOD, my system still freezes up while gaming. It has also frozen up while idle at the desktop, although that only happened once or twice. VERY rare, mostly while gaming.
This has been going on for about two-three months now, so I have done alot of trial and error. I have found that if I swap around my RAM sticks, I will be able to game for hours with out any sort of freeze. It isn't until I entirely CLOSE the Battlefield 2 program and re-open it and attempt to game that the freezes will return. And they occur very soon after I enter a single-player or multi-player game. If it hasn't frozen in about 5 minutes of game play, you can almost guarantee it won't.
After getting annoyed with this problem, this past Friday night I tore down my system and cleaned it very well, also applied new heat-sink compound between the processor and heat sink. I also reseated everything, RAM, video card, sound card, other PCI cards, and the processor itself. All was well with gaming, I gamed for a few hours, until I actually closed the Battlefield 2 program and then opened it back up later, that the freezes started occuring again. I didn't even shut down or restart my system, it was in the same state as it was at the time.
None of my temperatures seem to be high, they all seem to be in the normal range. Months ago I did not experience any sort of freezing or anything, and nothing has changed software or hardware wise. I am not sure what is going on. It definitely seems like a hardware issue but I just can't pinpoint it. I also find it odd that swapping around the RAM seems to temporarily fix the issue....I don't understand that, and that MEMTEST86 doesn't find anything if RAM was to be at fault.
Any other questions? Just ask me, I'll check back here frequently and reply promptly. Hopefully I can get this figured out with your help, at least I hope so
Edited by hamluis, 19 October 2011 - 12:20 PM.
Moved from XP to Internal Hardware.