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ive decided it would be easier to start a new thread with all my info
Hi i need help to fix a problem with my computer

I have a
hp 2.8ghz intel pentium 4
1 gig ram
120 gig harddrive
nvidia geforce 7600gs agp graphics card
and am running Windows Xp
have latest nvidia driver
have latest direct x
my memory settings are inital size 1534 and max size 3000

and my power supply says this on the side of it
Enlight GPS 300 CN -101 A
p/n 83043c9a2
Ac input 115v~10a
Frequency 50-60hz
peak 350w
rated 300w

f5v +3.3V +12v1 +12v2 -12v +5vsb
20a 20L 8A 14a 0.8a 2a
120W max 96W 168W 9.6w 10w

(some of the dc output numbers might be a little different) bad hand writing:P

my problem is this i cannot get most games to work i can play the old enemy territory ,warcraft 3 ,quake 1 2 3 4,
how ever i cannot get alot of newer games to work like quakewars oblivion BF2 Bf2142 etc etc

what the computer does when i try to load 1 of the games is 1 of 4 things it

1 Most commonly it goes to load shows the flash screen ie Enemy Territory quake wars and some cool graphics then propares to load then goes to a black screen then closes

2 or sometimes it goes to load get to the same part as above comes up with the My favourite windows msg etqw.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close sorry for the inconvience then if i ask for details it gives me
Appname-etqw.exe appver-1.0.10745.32242 modver-5.3.2600.2180 offset-000168be modname-dinput8.dll then a whole lot of technical mombojumble and i cannot copy and paste it for u guys for some reason is there another way i can get it for u?

3 this happens rarely it comes up with The instruction at "0x6e26324" refrenced memory at "0x006d2870". the memory could not be "written"
4 THIS HAPPENS VERY VERY VERY etc etc .... rarely it works and is fine till i close it and try to start it again

What i have tried i have deleted video drivers reinstalled them tryed older versions
have done the same with direct X
have Formatted the hard drive and reinstalled everything
have cleared and created a new swap file
have defraged the drive ran chkdsk ran disk cleanup
i have 60 gig or so free atm so space is not a problem
have tried running the games in compatability mode

Edited by anitanewname, 09 November 2007 - 10:35 PM.

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Are you sure your PC has a powerful enough graphics card as per the specs on the game instructions? I'm talking not just enough video RAM but also a card that has all the special features the game requires? also, a 300W PSU seems a bit on the low side even for a standard machine, let alone one which has to be able to run the latest games.
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Have a look at these requirements for BF2142

In order to play the game at the recommended resolution, detail and performance levels, your computer should match or exceed the following specifications:
  • Operating system: Windows XP with latest service pack installed
  • DirectX 9.0c February 2006 edition (included)
  • CPU: Intel Pentium 4/AMD Athlon 3.0 GHz or equivalent
  • RAM: 1.5GB
  • Video Card: 256MB DirectX compliant video card, Pixel shader 2.0 and above. (AGP and PCIe only)
  • Sound card: Sound Blaster X-Fi series from Creative Labs
  • Hard Drive space: 2.2GB of space is required to install the game
  • Internet connection: 512Kbit Cable/DSL connection
Remember these are recommended for normal gameplay and this is not high resolution. That 300W PSU is also as mentioned previously a bit of a low wattage. The PC just isn't up to what you putting it through. I have 1GB Ram with a 512mb 6800XT, 3.0Ghz pc and i don't even play BF2142 because my machine battles.
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