Posted 06 January 2007 - 10:30 AM
I have recently built a desktop computer for gaming but am having some troubles with the games. The main game i play is age of empires 3 (and its expansion pack "the warchiefs"). About 2 games in 5 it will randomly crash and exit the game, giving me the option to send microsoft an error report (which i generally do). I dont know what causes it, the game doesnt become unstable or anything before crashing, it just exits back to windows and says to send error report. This is particularly annoying when playing online games of AOE3 because they cannot be saved and resumed, so all progress is lost.
My brother also plays oblivion elder scrolls or whatever it is called and has reported the same issue, although less of a problem because he can just resume from where he last saved. It is still irritating though.
I am running windows XP pro x64. Could it be that there is some compaitibility issues with the games and the 64 bit edition of windows that causes the crashes? Surely it wouldnt have even installed the game if it was incompatible? I dont know though.
Could it be something to do with my hardware, or the way i have put it together (it was my first pc build - but it seems to work ok doing everything else). Maybe dodgy RAM or something?
One final issue which may or may not be related is that occasionally the computer spontaneously restarts, you are just in the middle of doing something and it randomly restarts for no reason, no automatic updates or anything running, just shuts down and boots back up again. Really wierd. I think a possible cause of this may be RAM because when i was installing windows it kept giving me blue screens of death during the install until i went into the bios setup and changed the ram frequency to (i quote from the bios page) " (333mhz [667mhzDDRII]) " This change made the system stable and windows installed fine with no BSOD's after that. The RAM chips are 667mhz DDRII so i dont think they are being compromised by this setting at all. Still, maybe this could still be causing some grumbles in the system, i just dont know.
Anyway, sorry for such a long post, hope someone can be bothered to wade through the 3 possible causes (which i can think of) and i would be very greatful if someone could get back to me with some ideas, or better still solutions!
Thanks in advance for your help.