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Computer crashing/freezing on a daily basis

By Pmoss60
Mar 17, 2012
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  1. Hello

    My computer has been crashing for a long time on a daily basis when playing any game. The freezing happens at random. I replaced my graphics card, RAM, power supply, computer case, and monitored temperatures so I'm pretty sure it is not any of those causing the crashes. I've scanned my computer for viruses and found none multiple times. I reinstalled my OS but I'm not sure if I did it correct (first time doing it). I also contacted someone from Blizzard support to try to help me with this issue and he could not figure it out either. Help with this frustrating issue is appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Specs:

    OS: Windows XP home edition
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480
    Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo
    4GB RAM
    ASUS P5N-D motherboard
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,985   +168

    Are you getting any blue screens? Is Windows XP fully updated to service pack 3?
     
  3. Pmoss60

    Pmoss60 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah it is updated and I'm not getting any blue screens. Just complete freezing of my computer and i have to press the reset button.
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,985   +168

    "I reinstalled my OS but I'm not sure if I did it correct (first time doing it)"...

    Did you get any errors re-installing? Have you installed the latest graphics drivers for the video card? This could be caused by a weak power supply
     
  5. Pmoss60

    Pmoss60 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I did not get any errors reinstalling and I was not crashing for a long time before I replaced my power supply and graphics card. I currently have a 750w corsair powersupply. The crashing randomly started a while ago.
     
  6. Pmoss60

    Pmoss60 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The weird thing is that i'll play a game like league of legends or world of warcraft and I'll play for a couple of hours without crashing. But when I play Starcraft 2, the game crashes after about 10 minutes. It only happens that quick with starcraft 2.
     
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,985   +168

    Try upping the memory voltage (VCC) in the bios a notch or two
     
  8. Pmoss60

    Pmoss60 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the response and sorry for the delay responding but I was out of town the last two weeks.

    Well i'm not too familiar with the bios settings, so how would I go about doing it?
     
  9. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,985   +168

    Press the "del" key repeatedly when the computer is booting up... Go into Advanced settings for CPU and memory. Set it from Auto to manual, and raise the DRAM voltage a couple of notches higher
     
  10. Pmoss60

    Pmoss60 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I turned the voltage up to around 1.9. I played league of legends all day without any crashes. Thought maybe that this fixed it but then I just alt tabbed after a game and my computer beeped once then locked up.Had to manually reset.
     
  11. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,985   +168

    What was the memory voltage before you turned it up to 1.9v? What is the RAM's make and model? I imagine that it was set around 1.55V to start. If it was, go no higher than 1.62v
     
     
  12. Pmoss60

    Pmoss60 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It was actually set to 1.86 if i remember correctly. This is my RAM that I purchased from newegg

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146693

    Another thing to add is that when I'm playing for long periods of time i will get random graphic distortions. The screen will sometimes quickly flicker black too. This doesn't happen very often but it still happens.
     
  13. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,985   +168

    Okay, that's older RAM so lets lower it to about 1.7v. The video card may be overheating. Is the inside of the computer clean, and are all the fans running normally?
     
  14. Pmoss60

    Pmoss60 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Okay. Yes I do weekly cleanings and the fans are running normally, but the fans on the card are not running at 100% because they are loud. I usually run them at 50%. I have also ran the fans at 100% and still experienced lock ups. The GPU temp usually peaks at around 53C according to my MSI Afterburner which monitions my card.

    One thing I forgot to add is when I was talking to a specialist from blizzard they wanted to Dxdiag and MSinfo. He said that the two are saying different things and "there is something really wrong but I have no clue what."
     


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