First off, the system spec;
Windows: Windows XP5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 2
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.13
Memory (RAM): 1023 MB
CPU Info: Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 3.60GHz
CPU Speed: 3595,6 MHz
Sound card: SB Audigy 2 ZS Audio [EE00]
Display Adapters: NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX | NetMeeting driver | RDPDD Chained DD
Screen Resolution: 1280 X 1024 - 32 bit
Network: Network Present
Network Adapters: Intel® PRO/100 VE Network Connection - Symantec Network Security Miniport
CD / DVD Drives: F: HP DVD Writer 640c | G: IDE-DVD DROM6216 | H: DB2012I ISX422D | I: DB2012I ISX422D | O: MagicISOVirtual DVD-ROM
COM Ports: COM3
LPT Ports: LPT1
Mouse: 16 Button Wheel Mouse Present
Hard Disks: C: 143,0GB | D: 149,0GB | E: 6,0GB | N: 149,0GB
Hard Disks - Free: C: 59,7GB | D: 65,6GB | E: 1,8GB | N: 113,4GB
USB Controllers: 5 host controllers.
Firewire (1394): 1 host controllers.
PCMCIA (Laptops): Not Installed
Manufacturer: Phoenix Technologies, LTD
Product Make: EG195AA-ABS D4179
AC Power Status: OnLine
BIOS Info: AT/AT COMPATIBLE | 07/07/05 | HP-CPC - 42302e31
Time Zone: Västeuropa, normaltid
Battery: No Battery
Motherboard: ASUSTek Computer INC. LITHIUM
Modem: Agere Systems PCI Soft Modem
Wow, that's a lot.
Onwards to the problem.
I started playing Mass Effect for the PC just a few days ago. Everything went by smoothly until something really strange happened.
The game froze, just promptly froze. No error messages, nothing. I had to bring out the ol' Ctrl + Alt + Del and shut it down. After some difficulties with that (something about dumprep.exe couldn't be executed) it goes down.
So when I try to start a new game (for example; World of Warcraft) the 3D accelerator(s) can't run, I look around for some other games and they all supply the same error. It's just like my graphic card has shut down by itself! I look at the control panel and all that, but nothing indicates an error anywhere!
I launched it in full-screen too, then the VGA-input dies and my monitor goes to sleep, I have to reboot every single time. Oh, if it doesn't hurt to know the same thing happens when I play 'John Woo's Stranglehold'.
Willing to supply more info if you ask for something specific.
Thank you for your time, O' Great Geeks the massive intartubes.