Freezing during some games, but not others

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Unholy1

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Okay so here's my problem. When I'm playing certain games on my PC, like Grand Theft Auto 3, or Halo which I just bought, my computer will freeze up on me, but when I'm playing some other games, like Hitman Codename 47, I won't have any problems.

I've tried updating my video card and sound card drivers, with no luck, and I've already spent 2 weeks corresponding through email with the people at Rockstar North trying to figure out what the problem is, cause I thought it was only GTA3.

Has anyone else encountered this problem? And if so, were you able to fix it and how?
 

Unholy1

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Pentium III 1GHz
40Gb Hard Drive (brand I don't know)
ATI Radeon 9000
Windows 2000 Pro
Soundblaster Audigy Gamer
512M Ram

anything else?
 
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What do you mean by 'freezes', does it like lag for a second, or does the entire computer stop responding?
 
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OK, well first, do everything in this thread.

Try opening your computer and cleaning out all the dust inside, and making sure all the fans are working. Then try running the games with the side of the case off.
 

Unholy1

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yeah did that, long before I thought to consult here. I dust my PC out once a month atleast, and yes all the fans are working. All the games are legal copies as well.
 

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okay, so I pulled off the side of my case, and cranked down the rez and details on Halo, it made a little difference, only delayed the eventual lock up.
 

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Okay so I think I know what the problem is. I have reason to believe that the problem is caused by my sound card. I booted up my computer today when I got home, and for some reason, I had no sound, go figure. Anyways I went into Halo, and OMG the damn game runs without any locking up, but mind you I don't have a clue what is being said. Anyways I rebooted my machine after that, and got the sound working, went into the game, and got the same results as before, locking up.
 
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Is there a sound emitted when the freeze occurs?

If so, it might be a BIOS conflict with the sound card or a bad card.
 

Unholy1

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yes actually, a really high pitched toned is emitted whenever the freeze occurs
 
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Okay. The same thing happened with my Dell when I put a SoundBlaster Audigy in.

Is your computer built by a popular manufacturer or did you build it yourself? If it's the former, I'd say try check around the company's website's tech support area for a BIOS fix. If it's the latter, look for BIOS updates on the motherboard manufacturer's site.
 

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Built by MDG (yuck! Never again) But most of the parts have been replaced or swapped out. Motherboard is now an ASUS motherboard, and I've tried to upgrade the bios, but the method that is listed on the site for my specific board, doesn't work when I try it.
 
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ASUS MB - the problem with updating your bios may be that you have the bios update option disabled (it's in the setup)! I have an A7M266 MB and have had no probs with the ASUS upgrades.
 
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