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Sikmachine

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Hello,
Everytime that I play Counter-Strike on my computer, I can get about 5-7 minutes of playing in before my computer will freeze up and repeat like 2 seconds of sound that was going on before the freeze, it will continue to do this for about 2 minutes then restart itself. When it comes back on I get a message saying:
"Computer restarted after an unexpected shutdown. Microsoft Windows detected a possible device failure."
"The driver for the display device was unable to complete a drawing operation. Please check with the device manufacturer for a driver update."
I have the latest update for my card (Hercules 3D Prophet 4000XT) which is old, yes but it should be able to play the game. I just opened up my PC and cleaned off the fan and most of the interior which was covered with dust and dirt. Please tell me if you have any ideas as to what the problem is.

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~Joe
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Hi,

Maybe it was overheating from the dust build up, if not post back but include your full system specs and list your temps and voltages if possible.

Rick
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It's not overheating, I've just cleaned all the fans off and such today. Would you be able to tell me how to find out my temps and voltages?
system specs:
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 CPU 1.70GHz
RAM: 256MB
Hardrive: 40Gigs
Display Driver: 3D Prophet 4000XT

Hope that helps:
~Joe
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You could use Everest
its free, download and install, the when in Everest open my computer and click on sensor for voltage and temp readings.

Is this a custom build or name brand computer? If name brand post the manufactuer and model number

You could also try and remove and reinstall the video drivers.
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it's custom built, about 4 years ago
Motherboard: 54-56C
CPU: 34C
CPU Core Voltage: 1.71V
+2.5V: 3.09V
+3.3V: 3.07V
+5V: 5.48V
+12V: 13.12V
VBAT Battery: 3.22V

Also, I don't know how to remove/reinstall, is there any guides?
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The driver for the display device was unable to complete a drawing operation. Please check with the device manufacturer for a driver update."




I remember reading a artical about this, I will see if I can find it for you, but in laymans terms it means the driver gets stuck in a endless loop and then the video card is unable to process any more information the result is the system freezes or crashes to the desktop. This is the fault of the driver but if you have the latest there ain't much you can do but I would check for any updates for the game to see if they help.

I think there are also some settings in bios that you can sometimes turn off to help, I will look around a bit and get back to you but maybe someone else who knows will respond.
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I remember reading a artical about this, I will see if I can find it for you, but in laymans terms it means the driver gets stuck in a endless loop and then the video card is unable to process any more information the result is the system freezes or crashes to the desktop. This is the fault of the driver but if you have the latest there ain't much you can do but I would check for any updates for the game to see if they help.

I think there are also some settings in bios that you can sometimes turn off to help, I will look around a bit and get back to you but maybe someone else who knows will respond.


Thanks a ton :tazz: it really helps!
~Joe
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I am going to have to let someone else that is familar with that game respond, in looking at the specs for your video card and your system in general I don't think its cabable of playing that game very well.

There are some gamers in here and video card experts they will know.

sorry I could not be of much help

Rick
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Your cpu speed is fine but more memory would help alot. 256mb ram is enough to actually play the game but 512mb I would recommend for that game.

The video card you have is the problem, that thing is old lol. If you did get a new good video card either nvidia or ati it would have no problems. I think it is your current video card in general, the drivers might be bad also and not stable for counterstrike.

I really would spend money on a new ati or nvidia decent card and all your problems will be gone.

You need more memory also a 512 mb stick would be fine.
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If you want to be able to play your game your going to need to upgrade the video card for shure asap.

Memory is the next thing and is a must. You need to get atleast a 256 mb stick of ram soon. A 512 mb stick is not much more at all and you might as well get that.

If you want to be able to play the game list a budget on a video card that I can find for you.

Tell me what video card slot you have agp or just regular pci.

post back if you decide.
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Thanks for the help jrm20, good job
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thanks for all the help :tazz: I've got my answer
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no problem doby and sikmachine.
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