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Computer crashing!! :(

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by sveinbjorn, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. sveinbjorn

    sveinbjorn IncGamers Member

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    Computer crashing!! :(

    Hello,
    I didn't see a "Hardware" forum so I figured I would try my luck here. My computer, an eMachines T2875, used to run D2 LOD all day long, all day strong. I took about a year's break from the game and now when I try to play, it crashes hard (BSOD) after about 30 minutes. I ran Windows debugger on the dump file and got this:

    IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL (a)
    An attempt was made to access a pageable (or completely invalid) address at an interrupt request level (IRQL) that is too high. This is usually
    caused by drivers using improper addresses.
    If a kernel debugger is available get the stack backtrace.
    Arguments:
    Arg1: 00000000, memory referenced
    Arg2: 00000002, IRQL
    Arg3: 00000001, value 0 = read operation, 1 = write operation
    Arg4: 804dc250, address which referenced memory

    This was the main part of the dump. I have tried 3 different video drivers, one the appropriate one for my chipset NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX400, and two other "Beta" drivers with no luck. Do I need just a new Video Card or (please no) a new computer?

    If a new video card is indicated, what would be a good bet for around $100?

    Thanks,
    Ed
     
  2. {KOW}Spazed

    {KOW}Spazed Banned

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    You are running a VERY old chipset, but you said it handled D2 just fine in the past. My best guess would be overheating, open your computer up and blast the dust out with compressed air. Maybe a fan has gone bad.

    Failing that:
    1. Use the stable drivers not the betas.
    2. Uninstall then reinstall D2
    3. Check out www.newegg.com for video cards.
     
  3. Stompwampa

    Stompwampa IncGamers Member

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    I would check your CPU and Case fans.
     
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    linuxdragon IncGamers Member

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    Have you made any OS changes or system changes since it last work fine?
     
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    ffejrxx IncGamers Member

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    go back to the older video drivers
    60.xx worked best on geforce2/3 iirc
    newer drivers worked but not as good on them

    checking that all of your fans spin and are your case is free of dust bunnies helps alot also
     

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