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+
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 I do not think my cpu can be this outdated that quickly, so outdated that it just freezes or restarts.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.
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 22.214.171.124 I think, there was an update for that version. However there was also a new one, 126.96.36.199 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 188.8.131.52. 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.
So then I played Need for Speed and Halo, and the same thing happened.
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.
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?
So all this leads me to the hardware section.
I updated Directx to 9.0c but still the same problem.
I went to the Nvidia website and clicked download drivers. I am not sure I was downloading the right thing, it's something about forceware.
That's the download site. Application name is 81-1.98_forceware_winxp2k_english_whql.exe
That did not work also.
If there is nothing else I can do, please advise me on graphics cards; also remember I am hardware illiterate.
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.
Edited by Sk0rch, 27 February 2006 - 01:01 PM.