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A bit OT: CPU problems

Discussion in 'Diablo 2 Community Forum' started by snowieken, Apr 3, 2004.

  1. snowieken

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    A bit OT: CPU problems

    When I am playing a game and my computer is switched on for about an hour (sometimes less), the screen freezes and all I can do is push the reset button. This might be a symptom of overheating (although then he would reboot instead of freeze, no?). I thought for a while that my cooling fans were broken, but I doubt that now. The CPU temperature at the time of crash is about 50° C (120° F). The temperature never exceeds that though, and 50° isn't that alarmingly high, or am I wrong?
    (I could be, I am not very familiar with the technical workings of a pc).

    As mentioned above, this only happens when I am playing a game. Anyone has any ideas?

    System specs:
    AMD Athlon 2400+
    512Mb RAM
    video card ATI Radeon 7000 series (with updated drivers, but I didn't have any problems before so that shouldn't be the case)
    OS: Windows XP
     
  2. ZonnyWonny

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    If you had heating problems in your CPU, I dont think a reboot would solve it. Just guessing Id say its an operating system problem, most likely associated with an old/incorrect/corrupt driver.

    Ive only had one AMD processor and that was a really long time ago, but it did run alot hotter(not overclocked) than it's intel counterparts. Never did have any problems with the hot running temp tho.

    I suggest you go to some of your hardware support websites and search for problems and most recent drivers. This goes beyond your video card, I'd just be safe and pretty reload everything from your motherboard to CD-ROM drivers. Each time you reload a driver or 2, restart computer and see if problem is fixed? Not sure if this is much help, but that would probably be how i would go about trying to fix this.
     
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    Remove spywares (with spybot for instance),clear cookies,temp internet files,websites history;use the windows cleaning tool;defrag your comp,uncheck some starting progs
     
  4. Qroft

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    It may be that your video card is overheating and your CPU is fine. I've burned up a couple video cards myself.
     
  5. snowieken

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    I have just thought of something, but I am not sure. Could it be that my hard drive is simply too full?

    EDIT: No, nevermind, it is a stupid question. Hard drive shouldn't have any effect on this, or at least not much. If it does have effect on this, there must be something else wrong as well. As I said before, I wasn't sure it is not overheating. CPU temperature tops at 50° C, but that is reached after half an hour, an hour at max. Isn't that fast, or is that normal?

    PublicEnemy: with Ad-aware, I am making sure I have all spyware removed from my computer at all times, plus I am running a virus scanner 24/7.

    Might be my video card overheating, Qroft, I don't know. When you burned your video card before, did it have the same symptoms as I am experiencing now?

    I just think I am going to turn him in for a checkup... That will possibly leave me computerless for a week or even more, but hey.
     
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    Sounds memory related.

    What programs do you have running/running in background?
    Have you installed any new programs recently?
     
  7. PublicEnemy

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    try run/msconfig and uncheck all the starting programs;if your computer doesn't freeze at all,then it a prog related issue,that is the computer is too heavily loaded with starting progs;if your computer still freezes then it is a hardware issue;remove memory and the graphic card and insert them again;check if the graphic card/processor are not overclocked;your computer seems to be unbalanced because your graphic card is weak compared to the processor;unbalanced computers can cause crashes/freezes;the processor may be asking too much running to the graphic card

    I had the same problem while i was playing Diablo 2;my computer used to freeze after a few minutes of play;the cause was a heavy prog which was used as a server (such as kazaa) and used to take all the memory available; check all your progs first
     
  8. snowieken

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    Yeah, guys, good idea, I'll check that out. I'll keep you posted.
     
  9. snowieken

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    (Bah, to late to edit)

    I have checked my startup programs. I didn't think there were any big memory spenders there, but I tried to check them out in msconfig nevertheless. However, to no avail: I could play for 10 minutes and then the damn thing freezes again. If only I was able to check the Task Manager at the moment I'm freezing up - if memory usage is at 101% or something like that, then I would know it is memory related. Now I don't have a clue of what might be wrong, and I am running out of ideas here. By the way, I didn't install anything major as of late. Also, I think the problems started gradually - it used to freeze every now and then, but it didn't worry me too much. Now it is far worse. I can't play Diablo II for longer than 10-20 minutes anymore. When the computer temperature is at 20-25° C at startup (when it has been switched off for a while), I can play a little longer, but it will freeze eventually, after half an hour now.

    I am sure that nothing is overclocked though. Maybe it is true that my graphics card is too weak for my processor, but how come I didn't have any problems before then? This only started a few months ago.

    Weird stuff.
     
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  11. snowieken

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    I do suspect my graphic card is the cause of all problems. I think I'm going to turn this baby in for a check-up. I have tried everything I can think of. Even though it still doesn't work, thanks all for trying to help.
     
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    Perhaps there a newer video card drivers?
     
  13. snowieken

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    Nah, I just checked, and indeed, there were new drivers to download. So there was a moment of hope (although I realized that this solution would be too simple, since everything worked perfectly until a few months ago), but it didn't work.

    A bit tired of the computer and its problems, I started painting a bit with Windows Media Player on to play some music, when suddely the visualizations (you know, the psychedelic moving images on the Media Player screen) made him freeze up again. I am fairly sure now that it is a corrupt video card.
     
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    I think your right about your problem being your video card. I had a ti4200 that would freeze up after a little while of playing and i found out the heatsink fan wasnt moving. It would just freeze my computer and I had to do a hard reboot. You should be able to upgrade your video card to something a little better and fix the problem.
     

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