Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works
Photo

Counterstrike Problem


  • Please log in to reply

#1
Sk0rch

Sk0rch

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 335 posts
I have played Counterstrike 1.6 on this PC for years. It's been over three years. Before I go on I would like to tell you that I would say I am fairly knowledgable in cpu's software wise. However, hardware wise, I am completely illiterate. So try to dumb it down. Ok well, since November, I have not been able to play CS (Counter-Strike). I connect to a server, it runs normal for a minute. Then all of a sudden, 1 out of 2 things happen. Sometimes, it just freezes my CS application and closes it, or it shows a blue screen with an error somewhat like this "DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL." I have went to the CS forums and people thought it was my video card. However, this other guy has the same video card as me and his CS works fine. I do not think my cpu can be this outdated that quickly, so outdated that it just freezes or restarts. I do not know what the problem is. Besides replacing my graphics card which I am not sure will even work, the only solution I can think of is formatting my C drive. Right now I have like about 13 GB free space out of like 60 GB. I doubt this will work either but I don't know what else I can do.

Here are some random specs of my computer:

Tell me if I forget anything.

Plug and Play Monitor on NVIDIA Geforce4 MX Integrated GPU
Processors : AMD Athlon™ XP 2400+
HP Pavilion
512 RAM
  • 0

Advertisements


#2
TheWorm

TheWorm

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 19 posts
Have you tried re-installing the game?
  • 0

#3
warriorscot

warriorscot

    Member 5k

  • Retired Staff
  • 8,889 posts
A reinstall, and a full reinstall of all your drivers is a good place to start, often over the course of time errors and bugs can occur, make sure you have your HD defragmented and run the chkdsk.

Your system is slow espeically as you use integrated gfx but 1.6 itself is an old game based on an even older game so it should be fine.
  • 0

#4
Sk0rch

Sk0rch

    Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 335 posts
Yeah I figured my cpu couldn't be outdated for 1.6. I am pretty sure I have tried reinstalling the game. I do not know how to defragment my HD, and I do not know what chkdsk is. However, I was just scanning through my video card options yesterday.

I right clicked desktop > Properties > Settings > Advanced > Adapter > Properties > Driver > Update Driver > I think I tried this before but it didnt work last time. However, this time the Wizard did find updates, My version was like 4.5.2.3 I think, there was an update for that version. However there was also a new one, 5.8.6.3 or something like that, I know it started with a 5. Anyways, I updated to that successfully, after restarting my comp it forced me to play 1.6 in software mode, this version did not support OpenGL I guess. So I updated it to the 2nd version of 4.5.2.3. And then it did support OpenGL.

So I connected to a server, and it didn't freeze me, my latency was around 40-50 on that server while before it was 60-70. So I played in that server for like 45 minutes without freezing. This was big because since November I could not stay in server more than 2 minutes without freezing. Then I tried to connect to a different server, but it froze me even before I joined a team. Then I joined another server, this was a Chicago server, and I live in Chicago, this gave me 15-20 latency, and it did not freeze me.

So after updating the driver I did see improvement, before the driver it would freeze me on any server, now it doesn't freeze me in some servers.

The thing is, although I did update the driver, it is still not completely fixed, because before this problem occured in November, my cpu could go into any server and usually have the best latency of all the players.

But I am still glad it is fixed somewhat now.

Edited by Sk0rch, 18 February 2006 - 01:54 PM.

  • 0

#5
warriorscot

warriorscot

    Member 5k

  • Retired Staff
  • 8,889 posts
Well i would test it out a bit more it may have just been a bad server connection it does happen or it was too far away, also servers for 1.6 are getting fewer and fewer and they are more smaller servers these days try goign on one you know uses a good line and is close to you.

PS, its called a PC or computer, the CPU is the central processing unit, eg the processor its a part of the computer not the actual computer itself.
  • 0

#6
Sk0rch

Sk0rch

    Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 335 posts
Oh ok my bad, didn't know that. And yeah I doubt it is the servers. It happens when I play Half-Life too, and that's not even multiplayer. But I'll keep testing and get back to you.
  • 0

#7
Sk0rch

Sk0rch

    Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 335 posts
Yeah it's definitely not the servers. It is something to do with hardware. I just played Halo on this PC, and it works normal for a while, and then it shows the blue screen and automatically restarts the computer.
  • 0

#8
Sk0rch

Sk0rch

    Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 335 posts
No one has any idea what it is?
  • 0

#9
SuperSam

SuperSam

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 693 posts
Sk0rch, try opening steam, right clicking Counter-Strike, go to properties, click the local files tab, then click "verify integrity of game cache". This should fix any files you are missing or have corrupted. If this fails I recommend going to the steam forums.
  • 0

#10
Sk0rch

Sk0rch

    Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 335 posts
Okay thanks I'll try that.

Anyways, I already tried the steam forums, they simply said to replace my video card. But that was back in November, so I'll try again I guess. If that doesn't work I guess I will have to buy a CD burner and format my C drive.
  • 0

Advertisements


#11
Sk0rch

Sk0rch

    Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 335 posts
Okay, it's definitely not anything CS-related. I just played Need for Speed most wanted on my PC, and it does the same thing, after a few minutes it either blue screens and restarts the pc, or it just closes the program. It's definitely hardware. Maybe I should go to the hardware section?
  • 0

#12
jrm20

jrm20

    System building expert

  • Retired Staff
  • 2,394 posts
That error means a driver on your pc is having problems on one of your devices. I am thinking it could be the video card drivers, could be wrong.
You said you updated the video card drivers. Make shure you get the latest direct x also.. Get directx 9.0c

Why dont you just get a decent video card instead.. Anything is better than onboard. The geforce mx 4 series are horrible.

Dont get a real cheapie either.


Did you happen to install any new kind of hardware in your pc around november?
  • 0

#13
Sk0rch

Sk0rch

    Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 335 posts
From what I remember, Steam updated, and then it started happening. I don't remember installing any new kind of hardware. Okay I will get the latest directx 9.0c and try to reupdate my drivers. As for graphics card, I guess I will have to. I just don't know how to install them, as I said I'm not a pc hardware guy.

What kind of video card do you recommend for gaming? Show me the best one but also show me some that are good deals. I don't want to go all out because starting Sept, I will buy a labtop because I am going off to college and I will need one.

Thanks.
  • 0

#14
Sk0rch

Sk0rch

    Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 335 posts
Okay, I tried to get the latest directx version, but I think I already have it since it only took a split second to install and download.

I went to the Nvidia website and clicked download drivers. I am not sure I am downloading the right thing, it's something about forceware.

http://www.nvidia.co...p_2k_81.98.html

That's the download site. Application name is 81-1.98_forceware_winxp2k_english_whql.exe
  • 0

#15
Sk0rch

Sk0rch

    Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 335 posts
K just tried updating the drivers, the game still shuts down or restarts pc.

This really sucks.

If there is nothing else I can do, please advise me on graphics cards; also remember I am hardware illiterate.

Should I take this to the hardware section?
  • 0






Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP