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Games keep freezing....HELP

Discussion in 'Games' started by bunsy78, Feb 8, 2004.

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  1. bunsy78

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    I have a Pentium 4 256MB 12X cd-rw 32MB Nividia GeForce2 MX graphics card. Any time I play any of my games, after about 5 minutes, the games seem to freeze or go very very slow, and it does that for about 1 minute, then it snaps out of it and gameplay is normal. Then, about every 3 or 4 minutes, it keeps doing this. It is really wrecking gameplay. I have updated drivers and gone into msconfig and changed the way the comp starts up. Nothing seems to work. The red light goes on on my CPU when this is happening. It almost seems that there is another process running that is interfering with the performance. I run Windows XP. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. binkeybotox

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    Open the case and check all of your fans are working because it might be that its heating up a little too fast.
     
  3. bunsy78

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    Hi there, I am so sorry but I am a little computer illiterate. How would i go about taking off the "case"? I have never done that before, the only thing i have really taken off was the fan cover on the back to vacuum the fan and get dust out. Thx
     
  4. Rollin' Rog

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    You say the "red light" goes on on your "cpu"? Do you mean the hard drive light or the CD light by any chance?

    It sounds like these games need to load files from the drive, perhaps because when installing they (or you) took a "minimum" install option. 32mb video card is not really adequate for most recent video games. Are you sure you meet the games minimum if not "recommended" requirements?

    Also if you have an antivirus program running in the background it might be well to "disable" it before starting a game.

    I'd also suggest you post a HijackThis scanlog showing the typical programs and processes running before you start a game:

    http://www.tomcoyote.org/hjt/
     
  5. phatmattrat

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    I would definetely get a better video card and more RAM if possible. Its bottlenecking your Pentium 4.
     
  6. darkelf_18

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    Yeah I would deffinetly get more RAM. With XP you should have at least 512MB RAM for running Games.
    BTW. What games are running are you runnig?
     
  7. kenneth2k1

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    Yeah, first I would think it is good to know what games. Do you have the latest versions?

    Most games will play with this system, just not very well.

    My first thought is that your HDD is failing, or getting too hot, like binkeybotox said. When it reaches this point, it is probably dead. I would be willing to bet money on it.
     
  8. mittens2000

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    the exact thing happens to me. I posted about it while ago. I didn't pursue it because my compl had momentarily stopped doing that. But, now it does it again, do exactly as described above, and even on games that used to work perfectly.
     
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