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Crashing: Memory, Video card or Driver?

By Whiffen
Jun 18, 2008
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  1. Recently I have been experiencing frequent crashes in-game followed by 5-10 seconds of hang time. When I first built my PC last Christmas I would never have one, but in the last month or two it is almost every time I play. I posted the kinds of errors I get in the picture below. If I don't crash I usually get artifacts in game, distorted and glitched images, instead.

    I believe it is caused by either my Memory (1GB Corsair PC-5300 (667Mhz) Value RAM)
    or my video card ( Evga, Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS 256Mb)

    I temporarily had access to 2GB more PC-5300 but it was from a different brand not Corsair, but I thought what the hell and put it in with my other RAM while I had them. I no longer do and am back to my 1GB Corsair PC-5300 (667Mhz) Value RAM.
    I did try to overclock my video card but not with the intention to keep it over clocked, just to see what performance it could achieve.

    I did both of these things around the same time so I don't know when it started.

    It could be drivers or other settings in Windows XP but I doubt it because I just reformatted a few days ago and still crash just as much as I did before reformatting.

    My guess is the memory but I'm not 100% sure. Any Ideas what I should do first?

    Maybe I'll do a stress test.

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  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,143   +31

    If you are suspecting memory the best thing you can do is run MemTest for a minimum of 7 passes. Any errors and you've got corrupted RAM that needs to be replaced.

    http://www.memtest.org/
  3. Whiffen

    Whiffen TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 323

    Alright, I got a chance to run it last night. ;)

    11 passes and 0 errors found.

    Could the problem be not having enough free memory maybe?
  4. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TS Maniac Posts: 592

    Hmm...I wouldn't suspect running out of RAM...

    Videocard time...do you have any onboard video to test this out with? (lol I know, you'll get sucky frame rates, but it's worth a try).

    EDIT: Did you have to change the voltage on the other 2GB you put in? Maybe you forgot to change it back?
  5. Whiffen

    Whiffen TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 323

    Nope, I didn't touch the voltages. On the video card I got these OC's

    Core clock from 460MHz to 560MHz
    Memory clock from 300MHz to 480MHz

    But that was all I touched and it was just for 10 min and then I reset to their default setting.

    I'm gonna clean my PC tomorrow and do a uber wiring job this time, so I'll take the vid card out then. I would do it now but some people are over and they want to use my computer when I'm done =p
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