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    evasive problem causing crashes and kick-ouys from games


    by jsmart ·

    About a month ago my computer started acting strangely (crashing; kicking me out of my larger games like Tiger Woods 2004, Half Life 2, etc. There was a lot of junk accumulated on my system since I had been using it for quite a while so I decided to do a clean reinstall.
    I?ve done this successfully many times before and the only thing I did differently this time was to partition my internal hard drive (I use a 160 gig internal and an 80 gig USB external setup) into three partitions for better management of my data, etc.
    The clean reinstall went well and when it was done I reloaded necessary drivers, upgraded everything Microsoft said I should (incl. svc pack two) and the new, clean system seemed to be working fine – until I tried playing any of these larger games again. The same crashes and kickouts occured but now it was happenning as soon as these games loaded and were switching from load and splash screens to actual game play. And it happens every single time. One note…when it kicks me out of the game (back to the desktop), I see, just before I am back at the desktop, the ?blue screen of death? flash momentarily on the screen.
    If anyone thinks they can help me I can give you the various information reported in the “event viewer” for these events. I have tried to research it, but, on my own, unfortunately, it is beyond me.

    System: winxp pro; (Pentium 4) 3.06 gHz (Hyper Threading); Intel 82845PE MCH chipset; P4PE motherboard; Nvidia Geforce4 Ti 4600 AGP display card; 1.00 Gig of DDR RAM; SoundMax onboard Digital Audio; 160 gig internal IDE hard drive and 80 gig USB external hard drive; USB 2.0 and Firewire BUS systems; DVD and CD-RW drives; ADSL internet service

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    • #3073206

      From a quick glance –

      by mickster269 ·

      In reply to evasive problem causing crashes and kick-ouys from games

      I would look at the 3 main areas – CPU, RAM, and Video.

      I don’t think it’s a software problem. It sounds as if your hardware is failing – hence the blue screen of death. I’ve found from past experience that Memory is the leading suspect there.

      • #3066105

        great suggestions

        by jsmart ·

        In reply to From a quick glance –

        These are all excellent suggestions, which I badly needed as I was getting to the point where I couldn’t see the forest through the trees. I haven’t ever overclocked, but I recall that about 4 or 5 times, randomly-not in succession, when booting, I was kicked into my BIOS because it was being reported that my CPU external frequency was wrong-which it never turned out to be. I always
        assumed it was some kind of faulty message problem and a further reboot solved the problem.
        I’m going to follow through with the rest of the suggestions and report the results in a posting. One thing, can anyone suggest a reliable (free) program for testing memory?

    • #3073030

      Video Drivers

      by ndcold1 ·

      In reply to evasive problem causing crashes and kick-ouys from games

      Are you running the right video drivers?

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      by antuck ·

      In reply to evasive problem causing crashes and kick-ouys from games

      I would first go to Nvidia’s web site and grab the latest drivers and test that.

      Next I would run tests on the memory and make sure that no problems with memory.

      Have you done any overclocking?

      Do you have access to another video card? If so you may want to test another video card and see if the same thing happens.

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