Computer restarts when loading Half-Life 2

By JamesLB
Nov 24, 2005
  1. Just got a new computer and wanted to put it through it's paces, but after updating half-life two, the computer just restarts itself when i try to load it.

    At first it seems ok, saying, "preparing Half-Life 2", then the computer gets noisey, screen goes blank and the system restarts.

    Sounds like it could be a memory dump?

    Here are the specs:

    Intel® Pentium® D Dual Core processor 830 3.0 GHz
    1024 MB DDR2 SDRAM with 533 MHz
    NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6700 XL 128 MB PCI Express x16.

    Any ideas?

  2. blue_dragon

    blue_dragon TS Rookie Posts: 190

    do u do a full memory dump? post what u get for the full memory dump
  3. JamesLB

    JamesLB TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, I turned on full memory dump, but thats one big file - 1gb.

    However, the blue screen message during the full memory dump read:

    "Tech Information:

    STOP: 0x0000008E (0xC0000005, 0xBFA7598B, 0xB59D6B28, 0x00000000)

    nv4_disp.dll - Address BFA7598B base at BF9D4000, Datestamp 43333970."

    Sounds like it's a graphics driver problem then? The PC is only a few days old, so if it's going to have recurring problems with games, I want to be able to take it back and get a refund.

    Cheers for your help and replies.

  4. blue_dragon

    blue_dragon TS Rookie Posts: 190

    yeah its yuor card..tell me do hear a screeching noise right before your pc crashes?

    or have u disabled the onboard video? onborad video sometimes causes conflicts with real graphics cards
    to disable onboard video u usually go to the bios
    once disabled u boot up and download the latest drivers from nvidia
    dont install them right away!!
    uninstall the once u had and reboot
    once rebooted install the new ones

    the key to the crashinng i believe is that updated drivers dont automatically uninstall the old ones =o
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