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Counter Strike Source and SiS 760

By ghost_sinner
Aug 10, 2006
  1. Half-Life 2: Runs fine for approximatley twenty minutes then crashes the comp.

    Counter Strike Source: Loads and will play a game but the menu is black making it next to impossible to navigate to a game.

    Hammer: while making a map there is no grid lines, making it impossible to do anything. (If I minimize the screen and re-open it only the top left box will show a grid but still disappears when I mouse over.

    I feel all three of these programs are all suffering from the same problem because they all use the same graphics engine.

    The computer is a friends and I already know it has nothing to do with system specs even though they are low grade.

    COMPAQ SR1550NX
    AMD Athlon 64 3400 running at 1.9Ghz (In Ms Info it says 2.4Ghz)(In DxDiag it says 2.4Ghz)
    512Mb Ram (In Ms Info it says 512 Mb)(In DxDiag it says 384)

    Also my bios states I have 512Mb DDR PC3200, but the System Properties says it's only reading 384Mb

    SiS 760 128mb (Driver Version, 3.75)
    (Direct X9.0c is installed)


    I want an actuall answer to why these things would be happening. I know the computer could use some ****ing upgrades. Everything is compatible with the Source engines specs but when I ran Counter Strike Source for the first time it said I didn't meet specs because the SiS 760 wasn't reading as a DirectX card, but my friends,you and I know there is no other such thing this day in age for PC.

    MUCH HELP APPRECIATED,
     
  2. ghost_sinner

    ghost_sinner TS Rookie Topic Starter

    More Info...

    I have found out a little more information that might be helpfull.

    I will get an error after I run Counter Strike Source for about 30 seconds.
    (Doesn't occur with the SDK, Or Half-Life 2)


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    I know someone out there has knowledge of this.

    Please and Thank You;
     
  3. #Curtis

    #Curtis TS Rookie Posts: 66

    Try updating your Video Card drivers, i had a similar problem with B&W2 crashing after about half an hour.

    Start >> Run >> Type "dxdiag" (without the "") and then tell us what it says on the 'System' tab and where it says 'Memory' under 'System Properties'.
     
  4. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    Probably the SiS 760 is integrated, and you have 512MB of main RAM, but 128 MB of that is allocated for graphics. As for your graphics problem, what version of DirectX do you have in dxdiag?
    hoping to help
    kitty500cat
     
  5. ghost_sinner

    ghost_sinner TS Rookie Topic Starter

    DirectX

    Thanks for telling me my memory problem Kitty.

    My Direct X version is 9.0c

    Earlier today I just rolled back all the way and did every update for my video, but no matter what always the same problem in every driver. The highest version for my vid driver I came accross was 3.75 on SiS's official site.
     
  6. ghost_sinner

    ghost_sinner TS Rookie Topic Starter

    New Info...

    Total Memory: 384 MB
    Available Memory: 68 MB

    I ran Steams diagnostic tool through there website and it is telling me It's reading 384MB of ram but only 64MB are available.

    How can I raise the amount of ram available without purchasing?

    I went into the bios and changed the memory settings for the video to 32MB now it says
    Total Memory: 480 MB
    Available Memory: 156 MB

    Can someone tell me where all this memory usage is located... Or how I can find out where all this memory is being used?

    What would happen if I dump the System Chache?
     
  7. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    Now you have 480MB of system RAM, cuz you changed the video memory size to 32MB (512 - 32 = 480). I think available memory is something like memory that is not being used by the OS, the memory that is available to run other programs. So in your case, the available memory might depend on your operating system.

    As for your video problem, do you have access to a video card to put in to see if your SiS 760 is faulty? Also, the driver version 3.75 seems to be the latest one, but maybe it is not as stable. If you could, you might try downloading an earlier driver to see if that is more stable. I don't have a lot of experience w/drivers, though, so I'm not sure if it would work.
    hoping to help
    kitty500cat
     
  8. cssourceperson

    cssourceperson TS Rookie

    im having problems with my sis 760 card too... the only thing i dont have is 512mb ram for memory... how do i get more memory?
     
  9. cssourceperson

    cssourceperson TS Rookie

    kitty can you help me with my problem for the sis 760 thing
     
  10. smetremont

    smetremont TS Rookie Posts: 16

    Hi, i had the same problem with the screen going black, but heres how you fix it this should work. It did for me. Open up steam and go to your games, right click on counter strike and go to properties, a box should open up, press set launch options. In the new box there should be a blank line, type in either
    "-dxlevel 9.0" or "-dxlevel 8.0", with out the "" on them. I have the same card as you do and i chose the "-dxlevel 9.0" and it fianly worked. This also works on other games you are having trouble with. The only problem is that the players, guns, and some stuff on some maps are multi colored. Im still trying to figure out how to fix that, but it still works fine the colors just messed up a little. If anyone else knows how to fix the color problem that would be great. Hope this helps.
     
  11. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    Do this:

    Go to Map > Entity Report > Goto and it'll fix the grid layout and fix the 3d camera, a thing Valve has been to lazy to fix since hammer has been released for source.

    He has to do -dxlevel 8.1 because 8.0 isn't league acceptable and most servers that I been to don't allow anything below 8.1
     
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