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BSOD's and frozen screens

By saduser
Jan 1, 2012
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  1. I get a lot of BSOD's and frozen screens (sometimes with sound looping) but it only seems to happen when i play games (WOW, CIV4) or watch something on youtube but never when I just surf around. The blue screen says there is an issue with my display driver and I should check any recently installed soft or hard.

    I cleaned the dust inside the tower and got a new graphics card , GEFORCE 8400 GS 512MB (it has one of those square coolers, no fan). My previous card was a geforce 210 and the fan was dead so at least it was obvious but now I really don't know what to do. I updated the driver for the card so that's not the problem.

    I use vista 64 on a intel quad 8200@2.33 with 6gb. Help please? Thanks!!!
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You most likely need to buy a better video card. The cards with a square heat-sink are usually low-end cards, and not strong enough to play most games well
     
  3. saduser

    saduser TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I checked the needed specs for the games I play and 512mb is more than enough for any of them. It also crashes during video streaming so it's not just games. On top of that, I had a 512mb card for a year or more before that and everything was fine, no prob whatsoever with same games or youtube. :(
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    So the card must be the fault... after a year!
     

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