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Black Screen after playing 5-10 mins of Steam Games

Discussion in 'Games' started by Crix, Apr 12, 2010.

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  1. Crix

    Crix Thread Starter

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    Ok heres the deal,

    Last weekend, I joyfully bought my 1st ever 2 STEAM games. God I hate this thing. Now after installing both Aliens vs Predator and Empire Total War. Now not only am I pissed but I can't wait to give them hell after my online account is verified so I can post in the forums but meanwhile maybe you guys can help me.

    Ok this is the problem I have faced ONLY with steam games. All my other games including Batman Arkham Asylum/Pro Evolution Soccer 2009/IL2 1946/Neverwinter Nights/Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion/GTR2/ They all work fine no glitches at all. I am a Intermediate PC Tech myself so I tried looking for similar issues with people and I downgraded and upgraded my drivers for my video card but still the same issue:

    I play for about 5-10 mins of either my 2 new games Empire and AvP, then bingo my monitor cuts out and I am reduced to a black screen and I can hear the game music and its obviously working.

    What I have tried:

    1. Tried setting audio performance level to Basic. This was suggested in a similar thread to my problem. I went to Control Panel > Sound Audio -> Volume Tab -> Advanced -> Let first bar to one from the far left

    2. Went into steam and tried to right click on games --> Properties -> Local FIles Tab -->Verify game cache. Again some guy said this worked for him. Hs not for me.

    3. I have ati Radeon X1900XTX 512mb Vid card. I tried to update drivers to 10.2. Then heard there was problems with it. Downgraded to 9.12. That didn't work. Then I heard 10.3 was better for STEAM games and this issue so today I have tried 10.3. I will post after this as I did it just before so I will know if it works or not.

    My specs are : AMD 4400+ Dual Core, Gigabyte KA-8N SLI Mobo, Ati RAdeon X1900XTX, Monitor is old 21' CRT DELL D1626HT driver version 5.1.2001.0 Driver date: 6/6/2001, 3 Gig DDR 400 PC 3200 RAM

    Someone please help me as this is driving me crazy!!

    Cheers
    Crix
     
  2. Crix

    Crix Thread Starter

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    Ok I have set the maximum refresh rate to 75Hz and that seems to have solved it. I played for 30 mins last night without any errors but I will play more tonight and post back here. On the screen cable how do I test it?
     
  3. Tanis

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    If setting the max refrest rate has solved the problem then there is unlikely to be anything wrong with the cable, also I would expect the problem to occur in all games if the cable was at fault.
     
  4. schang626

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    ya and edgart is computer illiterate so dont listen to him.
    listen to me.
     
  5. Crix

    Crix Thread Starter

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    Wait the problem is back. Goddam it! so frustrating!
     
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