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Doom 3 Crashing!! Please Help!!!

By Rage_3K_Moiz
Oct 21, 2005
  1. Doom 3 frequently crashes on my PC when its loading a new level or while I'm playing. It's really annoying. Could you tell me how to fix it? My PC specs are:
    Intel Pentium 4 2.0 Ghz
    1024 MB DDR RAM
    128 MB ATI Radeon 9200SE Graphics Card
    Sound Blaster Vibra 128
    VIA Motherboard

    I just installed a new 512 MB TwinMOS DDR RAM card coz' I had only 512 MB of RAM before which wasn't enough. Could that have something to do with this? I have ATI Catalyst Drivers v5.8 installed and am running Windows XP Professional with SP2.
     
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    First questions I would have are:

    1. do you have the latest patches for the game installed?
    2. do you have the latest drivers for your video card?

    If yes, then

    3. do you have the latest bios for your motherboard?
    4. do you have the latest chipset drivers?

    By the way, that video card you have is not really designed for games that are Doom3 callibre. It is an EXTREMELY demanding game on computers, and your system is... well... mature ;)
     
  3. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    I see you just edited your post, and added that you have installed some new ram.

    Yes, that is a possibile cause of your crashes as well.

    Is your new stick of 512 the same type as your old one? I.e., same speed, both single or double sided, both unregistered etc.?

    If you don't know, then download and install THIS program.

    Look under the SPD information, and tell us what it says for each stick of ram.
     
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Topic Starter Posts: 5,431   +28

    Yeah, well, I'm saving up for an X850 XT and a new PCI Express motherboard as well. :slurp: But I still wanna play the game. Used to play it before and had no problems, why now?
     
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Topic Starter Posts: 5,431   +28

    This is what it says

    [ DIMM1: 512 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM ]

    Memory Module Properties:
    Serial Number None
    Module Size 512 MB (2 ranks, 4 banks)
    Module Type Unbuffered
    Memory Type DDR SDRAM
    Memory Speed PC3200 (200 MHz)
    Module Width 64 bit
    Module Voltage SSTL 2.5
    Error Detection Method None
    Refresh Rate Reduced (7.8 us), Self-Refresh

    Memory Timings:
    @ 200 MHz 2.5-4-4-8 (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)
    @ 166 MHz 2.0-4-4-7 (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)

    Memory Module Features:
    Early RAS# Precharge Not Supported
    Auto-Precharge Not Supported
    Precharge All Not Supported
    Write1/Read Burst Not Supported
    Buffered Address/Control Inputs Not Supported
    Registered Address/Control Inputs Not Supported
    On-Card PLL (Clock) Not Supported
    Buffered DQMB Inputs Not Supported
    Registered DQMB Inputs Not Supported
    Differential Clock Input Supported
    Redundant Row Address Not Supported

    [ DIMM2: CEONM45125333 ]

    Memory Module Properties:
    Module Name CEONM45125333
    Serial Number None
    Module Size 512 MB (2 ranks, 4 banks)
    Module Type Unbuffered
    Memory Type DDR SDRAM
    Memory Speed PC2700 (166 MHz)
    Module Width 64 bit
    Module Voltage SSTL 2.5
    Error Detection Method None
    Refresh Rate Reduced (7.8 us), Self-Refresh

    Memory Timings:
    @ 166 MHz 2.5-3-3-7 (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)

    Memory Module Features:
    Early RAS# Precharge Not Supported
    Auto-Precharge Not Supported
    Precharge All Not Supported
    Write1/Read Burst Not Supported
    Buffered Address/Control Inputs Not Supported
    Registered Address/Control Inputs Not Supported
    On-Card PLL (Clock) Not Supported
    Buffered DQMB Inputs Not Supported
    Registered DQMB Inputs Not Supported
    Differential Clock Input Supported
    Redundant Row Address Not Supported
     
  6. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    Well, I think we may have found your problem then.

    Your two sticks of ram are different speeds. Ideally your board would just make the adjustments and have them both run at the speed of the slower module, but most boards are not very good at doing that.

    Check your motherboard's manual to confirm EXACTLY what ram is supported.

    I assume it is 400Mhz (pc3200), unbuffered, non ECC ram.

    You currently have one stick of pc3200, and one stick of pc2700. They are not working well together by the sounds of it.
     
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    never use memory of different speeds, and avoid using memory of different brands.
    Keep 'em all the same.
     
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Topic Starter Posts: 5,431   +28

    How about if I change the memory timings to 133 Mhz? I did that, but I don't know if it will fix the problem.
     
  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    that's not a good idea. Memory is cheap go buy another identical set for your fastest one. Sell your slower one.
     
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