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Games crash... sometimes

By Docterminal
Apr 19, 2008
  1. Some or the game's I have crash...sometimes.

    SiSoftware Sandra

    System
    Manufacturer : Dell Computer Corporation
    Model : Dimension 4300
    Serial Number : 1L6P311
    ID : 4C4C4544-3610004C-C0B15080-3131334F

    System Chassis
    Manufacturer : Dell Computer Corporation
    Type : Desktop
    Can be locked : No
    Serial Number : 1L6P311
    Boot-up State : Safe
    Power State : Safe
    Thermal State : Safe
    Security State : External Interface Locked-out

    Mainboard
    Manufacturer : Dell Computer Corporation
    Multi-Processor (MP) Support : 1 Processor(s)
    MPS Version : 1.40
    Model : Dimension 4300

    On-board Devices
    AC'97 Audio Controller : Sound Adapter (Enabled)

    System Memory Controller
    Location : Mainboard
    Error Correction Capability : ECC
    Number of Memory Slots : 2
    Maximum Installable Memory : 1GB
    Bank 1 - DIMM_A : DIMM Synchronous SDRAM 256MB/64 @ 133MHz
    Bank 2 - DIMM_B : DIMM Synchronous SDRAM 512MB/64 @ 133MHz

    Chipset 1
    Model : Dell 82845 Brookdale Host-Hub Interface Bridge (A3-step)
    Revision : A4
    Bus : Intel AGTL+
    Front Side Bus Speed : 4x 100MHz (400MHz)
    Maximum FSB Speed : 4x 100MHz (400MHz)
    Width : 64-bit
    I/O Queue Depth : 12 request(s)
    Maximum Bus Bandwidth : 3.13GB/s

    Chipset 1 Hub Interface
    Type : Hub-Interface
    Version : 1.00
    Number of Ports : 1
    Width : 8-bit
    Full Duplex : Yes
    Multiplier : 2/1x

    Logical/Chipset 1 Memory Banks
    Bank 0 : 128MB SDRAM 3-3-3-6
    Bank 1 : 128MB SDRAM 3-3-3-6
    Bank 2 : 256MB SDRAM 3-3-3-6
    Bank 3 : 256MB SDRAM 3-3-3-6
    Supported Memory Types : ECC SDRAM DDR
    Memory Bus Speed : 1x 133MHz (133MHz)
    Maximum Memory Speed : 1x 133MHz (133MHz)
    Multiplier : 4/3x
    Width : 64-bit
    Memory Controller in Processor : No
    Refresh Rate : 7.80┬Ás
    Power Save Mode : No
    Fixed Hole Present : No
    Maximum Memory Bus Bandwidth : 1.04GB/s

    APIC 1
    Version : 2.00
    Multiplier : 1/2x
    Maximum Interrupts : 24
    IRQ Handler Engaged : Yes
    Enhanced Support : Yes

    Memory Module 1
    Manufacturer : Samsung
    Model : M3 66S3323CT0-C75
    Serial Number : 36E79317
    Type : 256MB SDRAM
    Technology : 16x(16Mx8)
    Speed : PC133U
    Standard Timings : 3-3-3-5
    Version : 1.2
    Date of Manufacture : Tuesday, January 01, 1980
    Set Timing @ 133MHz : 3-3-3-5

    Memory Module 2
    Type : 512MB SDRAM
    Technology : 16x(32Mx8)
    Speed : PC133U
    Standard Timings : 3-3-3-5
    Version : 1.2
    Date of Manufacture : Saturday, December 25, 1999
    Set Timing @ 133MHz : 3-3-3-5
    Set Timing @ 100MHz : 2-2-2-6

    Cooling Device(s)
    Fan : OK

    AGP Bus(es) on Hub 1
    Version : 2.00
    Maximum Data Transfer Rate : 4x
    Multiplier : 1/2x
    Fast-Writes Enabled : No
    Fast-Writes Support : Yes
    Side Band Enabled : No
    Side Band Support : Yes

    PCI Bus(es) on Hub 1
    Version : 2.20
    Number of Bridges : 2
    PCI Bus 0 : PCI (1/1x PCIClk)
    PCI Bus 2 : PCI (1/1x PCIClk)

    LPC Hub Controller 1
    Model : Intel 82801BA (ICH2) LPC Interface Controller
    Revision : B3
    ACPI Power Management Enabled : Yes
    Delayed Transaction Enabled : Yes

    LPC Hub Controller 2
    Model : Dell 82801BA/BAM (ICH2/ICH2-M) SMBus Controller
    Revision : B3

    LPC Legacy Controller 1
    Type : SMSC LPC v1
    Version : 67.01
    Number of Enabled Devices : 4

    Sound Adapter 1
    Model : Dell SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio
    Revision : B3
    Type : AC '97
    Version : 2.01

    USB Controller 1
    Model : Dell 82801BA/BAM (ICH2/ICH2-M) USB Universal Host Controller
    Revision : B3
    Version : 1.10
    Interface : UHCI
    Channels : 2
    Speed : 48MHz
    Supported Speed(s) : Low (1.5Mbps) Full (12Mbps)
    Legacy Emulation Enabled : No

    USB Controller 2
    Model : Dell 82801BA/BAM (ICH2/ICH2-M) USB Universal Host Controller
    Revision : B3
    Version : 1.10
    Interface : UHCI
    Channels : 2
    Speed : 48MHz
    Supported Speed(s) : Low (1.5Mbps) Full (12Mbps)
    Legacy Emulation Enabled : No

    System SMBus Controller 1
    Model : Intel 801xx/63xx SMBus
    Version : 1.02
    Specification : 1.00
    Advanced TCO Mode Enabled : No
    Slave Device Enabled : No
    PEC Support : No
    Speed : 100kHz

    Expansion Slot(s)
    PCI1 (1h) : PCI 32-bit +5V +3.3V PME Full-Length Available (Intel 82845 Brookdale Host-AGP Bridge (A3-step))
    PCI2 (2h) : PCI 32-bit +5V +3.3V PME Full-Length Available
    AGP1 : AGP-4x 32-bit +3.3V PME Full-Length Available

    Port Connector(s)
    PARALLEL : Parallel Port PS/2 / DB-25 pin female
    SERIAL1 : Serial Port 16550A / DB-9 pin male
    KYBD : Keyboard / PS/2
    MOUSE : Mouse / PS/2
    USB1 : USB / USB
    USB2 : USB / USB
    USB3 : USB / USB
    USB4 : USB / USB
    MIC : Audio / Mini-jack
    LINE-OUT : Audio / Mini-jack
    LINE-IN : Audio / Mini-jack
    HP-OUT : Audio / Mini-jack

    Performance Tips
    Notice 224 : SMBIOS/DMI information may be inaccurate.
    Warning 2507 : Mainboard has too few memory slots. Upgrading the memory may be difficult or expensive.
    Warning 2508 : All memory slots are full. Upgrading the memory may be difficult or expensive.
    Tip 2546 : Large memory modules should be ECC/Parity.
    Tip 2513 : AGP Bus is unused or AGP card not fully AGP compatible.
    Tip 2525 : Current AGP data rate not optimal.
    Tip 2 : Double-click tip or press Enter while a tip is selected for more information about the tip.

    While playing Medieval 2: Total War or WoW for instance, occassionally the game freezes, the audio, skips and the next thing I know, I'm looking at a reboot screen. WIndows is polite enough to inform me that my computer has just recovered from a serious error. On other occassions I may be able to play one of the former games without any error to speak of for 6 hour long, why the hell am I staying up this late marathons.

    I have a 2001 model Dell Dimension desktop, but I have equipped it with a Nvidia 6600 and an additional 512mb RAM stick. Because it is an older model PC, the PCI ports im my computer are in a Bus and therefore are rather close to each other. Any suggestion?

    -Doc
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  3. gamerex

    gamerex TS Enthusiast Posts: 151

    Sounds like overheating or PSU too little wattage. Maybe the motherboard is failing also. RAM speed is quite slow also.
     
  4. Docterminal

    Docterminal TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks

    Appreciate the help guys. I cleaned out the PC when I installed the second RAM stick--about 4 months ago--so that might be it. I know I don't have the ideal gaming rig, but it worked without problems for a long period of time.
     
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