My situation is this: my uncle just built my little cousin a computer for his birthday. I don't know what exact parts are in his computer but I do know that it's 997mHz processor, 256mb RAM, 64mb video card(I think), and on Windows XP Home (I think, Professional if not Home). The problem he's having is that the computer keeps running into problems. First, the power supply blew and I had to fix that. Then the network card stopped working, had to fix that. Now the problem we're having is that he can't run games. The games he's trying to run aren't blockbuster hits like Unreal Tournament 2004 or Doom 3 or anything, he's trying to play easy stuff like Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 or Lego Star Wars. Everytime he tries playing these they freeze up two or three minutes into the game.
I'm normally good at fixing computers, but right now I'm at a loss. I'm spent about three hours just putzing around on this machine trying to figure out what's wrong, apparently with no luck. So now I'm turning to people who are hopefully better than me. At this point I have narrowed it down to a few things, but I don't know if they are what the problem is. Here are some possible problems:
>>Computer needs a reformat/repair of Windows. Everytime the computer starts up, an error about one of the 'rundll.exe' pops up. This could be causing issues with running demanding programs, such as games.
>>Hardware compatibility issues. Maybe one or more of the components inside the computer is have compat issues with another piece. I know that when I had to fix my dad's computer his new video card was having compat issues with the motherboard's AGP slot. Took me a bit to figure out that the drivers needed some updating.
>>Memory Leaks. Now I'm not to educated in this region. I've ran into very, very few (if any) memory leak issues. The only memory leak issues I'm having problems with right now are on my computer and there is nothing I can do because it's the game I'm playing's fault and it's up to the devs to fix it (City of Heroes).
That's what I've got right now. I really don't know where to go anymore because I'm out of options. I don't want to reformat/repair unless I KNOW for a fact that it needs it. I don't know very much about hardware because I've rarely run into compat issues or memory leaks.
Thanks in advance for any help. If there is anymore information you could use let me know and I'll see what I can do about getting it.
(Moderator edit: thread moved to more appropriate forum. jgweed)
Edited by jgweed, 28 June 2006 - 11:15 AM.