Computer froze during gaming

By cham
Jun 3, 2006
  1. The specs of my computer are as follows:

    CPU MODEL: AMD Anthlon64 3200+ Socket 939
    CPU SPEED: 2.0GHz

    MEMORY: Hynix 1024MB PC-3200 DDR400
    OS: Windows XP Service Pack 2
    SOUNDCARD: (On board motherboard)
    VIDEOCARD: Sapphire Radeon X1300 256MB PCI-Express
    PSU: Titan Power ATX-SSOPS 450W
    +12V: 24A
    +5V: 40A

    I built this computer back in Jan this year. During the first 2 months it seldom freeze during gaming but then afterwards it just freeze randomly during game play. Now, it just hangs about 5 mins after the game loaded and also the music would stop. I play games like WarCraft3 and Final Fantasy XI. I tried updating every single driver on my computer like the lastest Window Updates, BIOS, Chipset, Video Card, Direct X and Soundcard but with no luck at all. Also, formatting the computer just wouldn't fix this issue. At first I suspected that it might be the ram's problem cause A8N-SLI is very picky when it comes to ram. After switching with my friend's DDR 400 Dual Channel 1GHz it did turn out better for a few game plays. Afterwards everything just go down slope. This is really giving me a headache please help me out!
  2. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    download Everest Home and/or speedfan and post us the results on the sensor reports page.

    open up the pc and clean out the dust.

    open up cmd and do a chkdsk /f and also defrag.
  3. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    What kind of cooling do you have? idealy you should have a one fan in front of the case drawing air in and one fan in the rear drawing air out.
  4. cham

    cham TS Rookie Topic Starter

    My computer doesn't have any fan or cooling lol
    What's cmd?? By chkdsk you mean C drive? /f means format?

    This is the info from SpeedFan:

    HDo: 41C

    Vcore1: 1.41V
    Vcore2: 0.00V
    +3.3V: 3.30V
    +5V: 4.95V
    +12V: 11.90V

    -12V: -1.58V
    -5V: -8.78V
    +5V: 4.84V
    Vbat: 3.14V
  5. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    You mean you are running that setup with NO case fans for cooling?
  6. cham

    cham TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Unfortunately I don't have any case fans installed =( I read the Speedfan data when I turn on WarCraft3 and the temp for Temp1 went up from 41C to 45C <blue down arrow to red up arrow>. So does the HD0 Temp went up from 40C to 43C <blue down arrow to red up arrow>.
  7. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    try removing the side panel from the case and have a fan blowing towards it. if you can play without freezes then you know it is a overheating issue and you need to install case fans.
  8. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    i think his case maybe a passive cooling system.. heatsink, pipes the works.. but adding a fan helps sometimes too...

    what you reckon iss? i'm still trying to figure out how voltages for psu's should look like so second opinion helps a lot...
  9. cham

    cham TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I did tried playing with my side panel removed but no luck.
  10. melonhead112

    melonhead112 TS Rookie

    maybe your ram went bad?
  11. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    I would say that looks a bit odd but I am not sure since I dont normally pay much attention to the negative since it really serves no purpose on newer mobo's. the negative rail used to service the ISA bus and most mobo's dont have ISA buses anymore.
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