Computer freezing in games (inexperienced in hardware)

By BenT
Aug 19, 2008
  1. first of all i would like to say i am very inexperienced in computer hardware

    recently my computer freezes whenever i play any games or videos when it used to work fine. i know the computer isnt that great but it could run all that i needed until it stoped working. for example, i cant run warcraft 3 anymore when i could usualy run elders scrolls oblivion at high settings and wc3 is like 5 or 6 yrs old.

    what hapens is the screen freezes and then the monitor turns black after a few seconds and i have to force it off by holding the off switch. after this often the computer boots up w/ low color/resolution settings.

    my guess is that my video card is broken but it could definately be something else.

    specs are:

    Power Suply: 500W Thermaltake
    Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8Ghz (800Mhz front side bus) (2Mb cache)
    Motherboard: nvidia 650i core 2 quad
    memory: 4Gb ddr2 corsair @ 667 Mhz
    Hard drive: 80Gb Western Digital (8Mb Cache) (less then 5Gb empty if that helps)
    Video Card: nvidia geforce 8500gt 256Mb
    OS: Vista Home Basic

    Any help will be greatly apreciated and thank you.
  2. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    with less then 5Gb empty it is a wonder u're computer is not giving more problems. I am not saying that is the only problem u have, but u need a new hard drive as none will work like that.
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