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PC freezes during games


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AndreasEngberg

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Hi,

I recently bought a new motherboard and graphics card for my pc. Since then the pc is freezing every 1-2 hours, but only when I play games. It just stops responding and the sound loops; only thing I can do is restart.

Thinking it was a heat problem I removed the cover, but it didn't help.

I ran Prime95 torture test for 10 hours straight, and it passed all tests (and didn't freeze in that time). Then I started up Need for Speed and within an hour it froze. :/

My system is this:
CPU: Athlon XP 3000+
Motherboard: Asus K8N4-E deluxe
Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 6600
RAM: 1GB Geil

Anybody got an idea how to troubleshoot this? Do you need additional information?

/Andreas
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download speedfan (google it)...install it .....rung a game for a while and check the temps with speedfan, then as soon as the system crashes boot back up and check the temps again..
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Prime 95 is mainly a test of CPU, there are other temps that you might want to check(its probably temperature so we can start there).

It may be the GPU temperatures are getting to high and the card is shutting down mid game taking the rest of the pc with it.

Only other big things it could be is an HD problem or a RAM problem(at first glance anyway) if its not temperature related move on to testing the HDD, you can usually get manufacturers drive diagnostic software to check if the drive is in working order.
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Thanks for the replies!

Temperature after freeze-up is

CPU 40-42 C
System 48 C
(No temp for GPU)

Is that too much?

I only have one fan (CPU-fan at 3375 RPM) besides the one in the PSU. And the graphics card have a small fan too.

/Andreas
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Hmm the system temp seems very high, in order for heat transfer there has to be a difference between the outside(system) and inside(cpu) if the system is 48 its not actually possible to have a temperature of 40-42 on the cpu. Try using rivatuner to get your gfx temp it has a full system temp recording system as well so it can(if i remember properly) detect and record the temps for the CPU, System and GPU.
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Well, that was the temps just after freeze-up. When the system is idle the cpu temp is about 35 C, system temp still about 47-48 C.

I will try Rivatuner to get my graphics card temp and post the result here. Thanks alot for the help :-)

/Andreaas
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According to RivaTuner my GPU temp is 67-68 C when playing games, and 52 C when idle.

Is this high and if so, what can be done about it? Would a chassis fan help?

/Andreas
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