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crashing 1-2 minutes any game

Discussion in 'Games' started by mezacruz, Dec 26, 2005.

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  1. mezacruz

    mezacruz Thread Starter

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    Problem: Everything on computer works fine except when I play any game. 1-2 minutes into the game, or most of the time at loading screen computer freezes.

    Here's my comp specs:
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    OS Information:
    PropertyValue
    OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional|C:\WINDOWS|\Device\Harddisk0\Partition1
    Service Pack 2.0
    OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
    Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS

    Processor:
    PropertyValue
    Current Clock Speed 1834
    Description x86 Family 6 Model 10 Stepping 0
    Manufacturer AuthenticAMD
    Name AMD Athlon(TM) XP 2500+

    Memory (RAM):
    PropertyValue
    Bank Label
    Capacity 536870912

    Total Memory Deteced in Hardware: ~512 MB
    Memory Reported to Operating System: 512MB
    Disk Drives:
    PropertyValue
    Description ! ; Disk drive
    Manufacturer (Standard disk drives)
    Model WDC WD1200JB-00FUA0
    Media Type Fixed hard disk media
    Size 120031511040 (~112 GB)
    Number of Partitions 1

    Installed Printers:
    PropertyValue
    Name HP OfficeJet V40
    Port Name DOT4_001
    Default True
    Driver Name HP OfficeJet V40

    Motherboard:
    PropertyValue
    Manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer INC.
    Model
    Name Base Board
    Part Number
    Product A7V8X-X
    Serial Number xxxxxxxxxxx
    Version REV 1.xx

    BIOS:
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    Manufacturer Award Software, Inc.
    Name Award Modul! ar BIOS v6.0
    Release Date 20031113000000.000000+000
    Version ASUS - 42302e31

    Monitor:
    PropertyValue
    Description Plug and Play Monitor
    Name Plug and Play Monitor
    Screen Height 768
    Screen Width 1024

    Keyboard:
    PropertyValue
    Description Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard

    Pointing Device:
    PropertyValue
    Manufacturer Microsoft
    Name Microsoft USB IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0

    Sound Card:
    PropertyValue
    Manufacturer (Generic USB Audio)
    Description USB Audio Device
    Device ID USB\VID_0545&PID_810A&MI_01\7&FA7CB6A&0&0001

    Manufacturer Analog Devices, Inc.
    Description SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio
    Device ID PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3059&SUBSYS_80A11043&REV_50\3&61AAA01&0&8D

    Video Card:
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    Adapter Compatibility NVIDIA
    Adapter RAM 134217728
    Description NVIDIA GeForce 6200
    Installed Display Drivers nv4_disp.dll
    Driver Version 6.14.10.7805
    Driver Date 9/9/2005 10:26:00 PM
    Video Mode Description 1024 x 768 x 4294967296 colors

    DirectX Installation:
    PropertyValue
    Version 6.03.01.0148

    Modem:
    PropertyValue
    Network Adapters:
    PropertyValue
    Description VIA Compatable Fast Ethernet Adapter - Packet ! Scheduler Miniport
    Description RAS Async Adapter
    Description Packet Scheduler Miniport
    Description WAN Miniport (L2TP)
    Description WAN Miniport (PPTP)
    Description WAN Miniport (PPPOE)
    Description Direct Parallel
    Description WAN Miniport (IP)
    Description Packet Scheduler Miniport
    Description Microsoft TV/Video Connection
    Description WAN Miniport (IPX)
    Description NETGEAR 108 Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter WG311T #2 - Packet Scheduler Miniport
    Description Packet Scheduler Miniport
    Description NETGEAR 108 Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter WG311T #2 - Packet Scheduler Miniport
    Description Packet Scheduler Miniport
    External Ports:
    PropertyValue
    External Reference Designator External Reference Designator
    External Reference Designator
    External Reference Designator USB1
    External Reference Designator USB2
    External Reference Designator USB3
    External Reference Designator USB4
    External Reference Designator USB5
    External Reference Designator USB6
    External Reference Designator PS/2 Keyboard
    External Reference Designator PS/2 Mouse
    External Reference Designator Parallel Port
    External Reference Designator Serial Port 1
    External Reference Designator Serial Port 2
    External Reference Designator Joystick Port
    External Reference Designator MIDI Port
    External Reference Designator Line In Jack
    External Reference Designator &nbs! p; LAN-000EA636121AH
    Expansion Slots:
    PropertyValue
    Slot Designation PCI 1
    Slot Designation PCI 2
    Slot Designation PCI 3
    Slot Designation PCI 4
    Slot Designation PCI 5
    Slot Designation PCI 6
    Slot Designation AGP
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    I've been told that its a compatibility problem with my motherboard chipset and 6200 graphix card. I need others to either confirm or deny this. If its true, what are my options? What can/should I do from here?
     
  2. Super-D-38

    Super-D-38

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    Oooo, I have a AMD 2500 "Barton".. Just got it, and I seemed to have the same problem..
    (Specs in my sig)

    Recent upgrade?..

    My system would crash any time it was "taxed" (used hard)... Like games, or Movies..
    Does it restart or do you get a blue screen of death?.. If you get blue screens, see if any ever mention Cache...
    That is what lead me to my solution..

    Just for fun try what solved my issue..
    In your BIOS, see if you have an "External Cache" option.. If so disable it..
    That right there fixed my crashes..
     
  3. mezacruz

    mezacruz Thread Starter

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    No it just freezes into the game. Usually takes about 1-5 minutes and it varies all the time.
    I"m so frustrated with all this. I have tried everything. I was told to update the drivers for my agp card. is that same thing as bios update. Bios update is the only thing i haven't done.
    you think that will fix it?
    I also saw this q/a on asus' webiste:
    When using AGP 8X VGA card on A7V8X-X(eg. V9520 or V9180), the AGP Capability mode in BIOS is 8X enabled and can't be adjusted. However, when using V7100 is enabled with [AUTO/1X/2X/4X]. Why?

    Due to VIA chipset limitation, when it's under AGP 8X mode, you cannot adjust it to AGP 4X mode in bios setup

    So if I have an A7V8X-X and gforce 6200 (agp 8x), they won't work. Is this why my games crash 1-2 minutes into playing them? I doubt it, cuz both agp card and the graphix are 8x and the bios is set on 8x.
     
  4. Super-D-38

    Super-D-38

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    Have you looked into the "External Cache"?... Mine varied also, GTA SA, would go 2 - 10 min, then the PC would crash..

    A BIOS flash is very dangerous.. Any goof in power or the software, and you can cook your motherboard.. Don't do it unless you really have no other choice.

    Drivers are just the things windows uses to "work" your vid card..
    Update those often.

    The rest I don't know, I'll keep thinking about it.
     
  5. AkDang

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    how do i disable the external cache in my BIOS ?
     
  6. Super-D-38

    Super-D-38

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    Is it there?..
    If so, your BIOS should have instructions on how to change a value or enable/disable things..

    If you cant find your BIOS; When your machine is first starting, keep hitting the "delete" key, it should take you to the BIOS (setup) screen.. This is well before windows begins to load.
    Some may not even have the option, so just have a look. Looking for "External Cache"..
    (Mine was under "Advanced BIOS features"..)

    Only change what you need to change, because this is the main everything for your motherboard...

    When changed, save and exit.. Your machine should reboot and start, then try a game.
     
  7. mezacruz

    mezacruz Thread Starter

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    I can't find the external cache option anywhere in bios and i looked forever. I think the fact that i the feature doesnt exist on bios to allow me change from 8x to 4x due to:

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    When using AGP 8X VGA card on A7V8X-X(eg. V9520 or V9180), the AGP Capability mode in BIOS is 8X enabled and can't be adjusted. However, when using V7100 is enabled with [AUTO/1X/2X/4X]. Why?

    Due to VIA chipset limitation, when it's under AGP 8X mode, you cannot adjust it to AGP 4X mode in bios setup
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    is my problem.

    im stumped. I guess the only thing left is to buy a new motherboard.
     
  8. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

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    Have you ruled out heat as a possible source of the freezing?
     
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