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Old 11-11-2005, 01:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Whenever i try to play games my computer will just crash (the screen goes black etc.)

It will crash after about 3 or 4 minutes playing.

All of the games it crashes in used to work on this computer.

Everything else works on the computer, games are the only problem


My computer has:

Radeon 9600XT
512 MB Ram
AMD Athlon XP Processor 2600+
2.13 GHz

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 11-11-2005, 03:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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does it restart or go completely responsive or can you get response by pressing CRTL-ALT-DEL or Windows Key?
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90% of the time it goes completely unresponsive but the last time i tried it restarted. and ctrl alt delete doesnt do anything
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mabye your GPU is overheating. What model is it?
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Also, you might want to check out your main power supply...maybe swap one out with a friend's or something. I'd make sure there is no dust inside your case as well, especially around the processor and heatsink/fan area. I have a P4 Prescott and when I play games the built-in "zone temperature" program that comes with my intel mobo often kicks me out because the thing is heating up like crazy...but then again it's a prescott and I'm surprised it hasn't burnt my house down yet.
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i would stick another 512MB in there. i have that same processor and it runs fine. btw which games are you trying to run? and check your catylist settings and check the performance levels.
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Old 11-11-2005, 08:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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the games im trying to play are

NBA Live 06
Medal of Honor Allied Assault
V8 Supercars 2

all of which used to work


before the problem happened i need a new power suply put in the comp because the other one packed up.... could my new one be faulty?
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Old 11-12-2005, 07:12 PM   #8 (permalink)
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i tried playing it while i had the thing up that tells me the temperature of my video card..... and about 2 minutes before it crashed it spiked to 80 C ..... which im guessing is counted as overheating lol.


Anyone know how i could fix this?

but there isnt any space for more fans in my case
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Check to make sure the fan is spinning on the video card, and that it isnt making any weird noises. If you have your video card with a pci card directly in the sloe beneath it then move the pci card down a slot or two if you can (better airflow). You definitely are overheating your video card.
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seing as my case cant fit any more fans would it help if i put a portable fan facing the inside of the computer?
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