My specs are:
Athlon 64 3.4
K8 Upgrade VM800 1.0
1250 Mb 400 DDR RAM
1 Cd Rom
80 gig HDD
ATI Radeon X850 Vid. card
Broadband Internet connection
I've got an ongoing intermittent fault that will lead me to buy a new system if I can't sort it out soon. I've just changed my video card from a 9800 XT but the problem's still there.
Basically my computer freezes or screen goes black and I have to manually reset when I play most games. I sometimes get a VPU warning about device driver failure when I reboot but I don't think drivers are the problem. The game I'm currently using as a test is Rome Total War. Also my computer freezes during the screensaver, the one which is a cube that turns into a ball, etc.
I've tried loads of graphics drivers, I've changed my chipset drivers, I've swapped RAM chips around, I've reformatted my hard drive, I've upgraded to an X850 still the problems linger.
My last hope is the problem rests with my crowded Icute case and power supply. I was a little hasty when I bought it as I didn't realise the motherboard was micro ATX and I just wanted it up and running. However I have noticed recently that the intergrated PSU is only main 250 watts and max 300 and I am hoping that this is the cause of the problem and not an ATI/VIA compatibility issue.
Would a PSU problem cause screensaver to freeze though?
Please can I have your suggestions?
P.S By the way I've found that less RAM makes the system slightly more stable and will run battles in Rome Total War as long as I leave it unattented in the background, but if I start playing the battles with the mouse it will freeze again. Again I hope this sheds more light.
System temp and CPU temp are OK.