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Discussion in 'Games' started by southerngq, Jan 4, 2003.

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  1. southerngq

    southerngq Thread Starter

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    I have a serious gaming problem that I can't seem to cure.
    Gateway Performance PC
    Intel PIII Katmai 500Mhz
    50Gb hard drive
    384Mb RAM
    Direct X 9.0
    ATI Rage Fury Pro video card
    SB Live sound card

    All latest drivers

    Whenever I try to play complex games,
    (ie. MechWarrior 4- Vengeance or Final Fantasy VIII )
    I can load the software and start the games with no problems or error messages, however, after just several minutes of gameplay, my system freezes and I have to manually reboot. This happens every time, not occasionally.
    I need help figuring this out.
    Please send me any advice you can. I know this PC backwards and forwards and I can't fix it!

    Thanks:confused:
     
  2. brianF

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    Did you have the problem before dx9?????

    Couple things

    1. P3 500's where known for running hot, make sure your cooling is working. Could try remove case cover and put a floor fan blowing into case, if it runs then it's getting to hot.
    2. Try different video drivers although it appears ATI hasn't come out with any new one's for your card lately.
    3. Go to device manager, performance, graphics, set the hard ware acceleration down a notch and see if it helps.
    4. Make sure all background applications are closed before running the games, especially anti virus
    5. Disable your sound card in device manager, does it help without sound, may need to update sound card drivers.
     
  3. southerngq

    southerngq Thread Starter

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    Yes, the problem also existed with Direct X 8.1
    I have tried the game without the sound card to no avial, same problem. I have also tried to lower the hardware accelleration settings and the game freezes even quicker that way.

    Keep shooting suggestions, someone out there has to be able to figure this out. It's killing me.......lol

    Thanks
     
  4. brianF

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    Well as unlikely as it seems I would guess it could be a bad stick of memory. Try removing all but one stick and see, if it crashes try a different stick
     
  5. Jtoast

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    1) check your system temp. it sounds like you are overheating as previously suggested.

    2)bad memory is a possibility

    3) so is a failing/or inadequate power supply
     
  6. southerngq

    southerngq Thread Starter

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    I have checked all of my memory sticks and they all seem to be fine; that is, the game froze the same with all of them.

    There seems to be very little heat buildup in my CPU. It is well ventilated and case does not get warm.

    How would I check the power supply?
    Would'nt that affect other system functions also?
     
  7. southerngq

    southerngq Thread Starter

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    Would Min and Max paging file size have anything to do with game play?

    If so, what should it be set to?

    Currently, it is

    Min 307200
    Max is 17305600


    I have gotta figure this out
     
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