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Old 04-19-2004, 12:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Graphics Problem. Help! Desperate!

I am having a very strange problem with a computer. The error occurs only when I attempt to play a 3d game of any kind. The error that occurs, makes all 3d games unplayable. What happens is...

The screen will freeze and the sound will skip like a broken record in the posistion that the screen froze.

The screen will stay frozen from 10 to 30 seconds.

Then, the screen will unfreeze, and the game will resume.

Correct rendering will resume for a little under 10 seconds. Then the problem will repeat.

I have not always had this problem. And nothing in my computer hardware setup (listed below) has changed in the past few months when 3d games worked fine.

After changing around graphics drivers with no luck, I figured the problem was a virus or a problem with windows and though I could reformat and reinstall. So I saved I reformatted and reinstalled and the problem is still here. I am desperate and need help with this problem. Please help me if you have any ideas.

Computer Specs are as follows:

Asus i845chipset Mobo
1.6 Ghz P4
768MB DDR ram
Soundblaster Audigy Platinum Ex
Geforce 4 Ti4600
1 80GB 7200 rpm HD
1 40GB 7200 rpm HD

Again, if you have any ideas, Please let me know.

NZXT Guardian Case with Thermaltake PurePower 420w
FIC AU13 motherboard
AMD Athlon XP 2600+ 333FSB (Barton) with Thermaltake Silent Boost HSF
WDC 80Gb 8Mb cache 7200rpm
512Mb Kingston Dual-channel PC3200
MCP-T SoundStorm audio (integrated)
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro (it owned, until x800 and 6800)
Logitech Z-680 5.1 speaker system (integrated Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS, Pro Logic II decoding)
Logitech Cordless Elite Duo keyboard & mouse
Saitek Cyborg Evo joystick
Windows XP Pro SP1 (dont. install. SP2.)
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Old 04-19-2004, 09:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Dry reinstalling your dx and/or MBD drivers (agp, pci and IDE controller chipset)... also run a mem test. Takes awhile, but maybe a bad stick? Also how old is the power supply? Hopefully isn't going bad on you. Maybe its a heat issue? Damn, could be many things, but the above would be my next issue (expecially if the vid card is overheating, as it seems to happen in intense 3D apps but not on normal apps). So, in other words reinatll the dx version, check the vid cards (or actually the entire systems) heat index, then the other stuff

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Old 04-20-2004, 06:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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make sure your cpu or video card are not getting to hot .
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