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my pc wont play most games


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outbackbec

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hi all ok my problem dosnt seem so important but as we are now at the school holidays and i have six kids i need my pc to be able to play games for my kids my problem is my pc does not play most games it plays bejeweled and chicken invaders but wont play magic ball or space invaders i run windows xp and internet explorer 8 the games start and then they freeze these games are all on disc they are originals i tried uninstalling adobe flash player and then downloaded adobe flash player again but this didnt fix the problem can anyone please help me i dont want to be bald by the end of the holidays
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Hello welcome to GeeksToGo, We will be happy to help you.

We will need some more information
If this is a name brand system:
Make and Model
Operating System
Age of the computer
Memory Total
Hard Drive Size, How much free space



If this is custom then We will need the following:
The CPU brand and model
The Motherboard brand and model
Ram amount and speed
Cd\Dvd rom interface IDE/ SATA
Hard Drive size and free space
Any cards in PCI slots
Any software installed\updated and driver updates done just before problem started

All this will help in determining a course of action to best correct the problem you are experiencing.
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thanks for getting back to me ok i cant answer all questions as i am not computer savvy but what i have found is the name on the computer says gigabyte technology the operating system is windows xp pro age of the computer is unknown as i have had this computer for 4 years now but i brought it secondhand i have been told i have a 40 gb hard drive and when i go to my computer properties it says i have 21 gb free space i dont know how to find the model or the memory total i hope this helps and many thanks for helping me out from outbackbec
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Hey have you ever tried cleaning out temp files from your computer. Files like this can take up lots of space and thus cause your computer to run slow. You should try using CCleaner. It's great with cleaning out temp files.
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Lets take a look at the hard drive and see what you have.
Go to Start>My Computer>Right Click on "C" drive>Click on Properties
In this field it will tell you total drive space and also free space


Next lets see what your specifications on computer are
Go to Start>Right Click on My Computer>Properties
This should open system properties window
On this window it will show
SYstem info
Microsoft Windows type and version
Service Pack number

Registered to
Register number

Computer:
CPU type
Memory

I need all the info in your next reply except for Register name and number. This is private and we don't need to know this information

Edited by rshaffer61, 10 April 2009 - 12:10 AM.

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hi again rshaffer61 thanks for getting back to me so quickly ok here goes

the system info is
microsoft windows xp professional
virsion 2002
service pack 3

computer info
intel r
pentium ® 4 cpu 2.00 ghz
2.00 ghz , 256 mb of ram

as for the total space and free space i will give you all numbers that apper on the screen

capacity 400,024,178,688
used 18,855,079,936 17.5 gb
free 21,169,098,752 19.7 gb

i hope this will help you help me

many thanks for your time that you have spent helping me keep sane over this set of school holidays
from outbackbec
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You are very welcome

Let's do some basic maintenance

Go to
Start>>My Computer>>Right Click On 'C" drive>>Properties
Click on Tools tab at the top
In the Error Checking field click Check Now

when that is done
In Defragmentation field click Defragment Now

When done download ATF from my signature below
Install it to your desktop
Click to run the program >> Click Run
Select all and click
Empty Selected

Reboot and let me know how system is running now

Edited by rshaffer61, 10 April 2009 - 04:09 AM.

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thanks for that rshaffer61 i am off to do that now will let you know soon many thanks again outbackbec
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You are welcome. I will be here for the next 15 hours or so. Glad to help and yes please let me know what happens.

Edited by rshaffer61, 10 April 2009 - 05:14 AM.

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hi again rshaffer61 i tried everything you said to do but bugger it it didnt work i also tried uninstalling the adobe flash player and reinstalling it but that didnt work either i cant thank you enough for the help you have offered me

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Looking over your specifications I can see a one thing that can be changed. Thats the amount of ram memory you have in your system.
256 megs is barely enough to run Xp. Your hard drive space is enough as you have more then half of your drive is still free.
The biggest issue and what would probably help you the most is to at least double the amount of memory you have to a total of 512 megs.
Let's get a closer look at what type you have. Please download CPUz from Here
Save it to your desktop.
Click on the icon it creates and let it run
I need two bits of information from it. First click on the Mainboard tab at the top of the window and give me
Manufacturer and model number it shows
Second click on the Memory tab and give me the Type and Size of memory it shows.

This will help me in locating the proper memory and maximum amount you can install. More memory will allow you to open more programs at one time or in your case help stop the freezing problem. There are a few more test I would like to do but I need this info before I have you run them
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hey rshaffer61 that was scary i didnt know what icon to click on but i worked it out lol ok the information is

model number is sis-645
type ddr
size 256 mbytes

once again i hope this helps

thanks alot outbackbec
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I need the manufacturer of the motherboard from that tab
the model number is made by several different manufacturers
right above the model number it should say who made the motherboard
Examples of manufacturers
Asus, gigabyte, msi, Abit, Aopen

Please look again for me
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sorry about that it say its gigabyte technology co.ltd
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I found this in my research
Go Here and see if this is your motherboard.
Something else is missing in your reply
I believe what you sent was the sis-645 chipset
Between that and the Make you just supplied is the Model of the motherboard. Being that it is a Gigabyte motherboard then the model number should start with a G
sorry for the confusion but could you look again for me.
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