TechSpot

Graphics crash

By murzyn1975
Jul 4, 2007
  1. Hey all,

    I have a PC with the following specs

    ASUS P5L 1394
    2G RAM
    GeForce 7600GS 512MB
    X-Fi Fatal1ty
    Dual Core 6400 2.13Ghz
    Windows XP Home

    The problem is, that when I play games the game freezes for a couple of seconds and the returns. Sometimes the sound and the graphics freeze (Godfather) and other times just the graphics and the sound continues (Flight simulator X). I have downloaded all the latest drivers for hardware and all updates for software.
    I had Vista installed a couple of weeks ago and the problem was the same, so I don't think it is a problem with the OS.

    Any ideas on what could be causing this problem? It has got to the point that I can't play games anymore.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Go out and purchase a PCI based sound card and disable the on-board sound in your motherboards bios. The Creative Audigy SE is a good low cost solution
     
  3. murzyn1975

    murzyn1975 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    I have a PCI sound card (Creative X-Fi Platinum Champion Fatality Champion series). I have also disabled the onboard sound and still the problem persists.

    Could it be a problem with memory? I ran MemTest and no errors where found but I read that it could be a problem with Dual RAM?
     
  4. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    Did you update to the new Vista driver released last week?
    Just updated to Vista, upgrade or clean install?
    Was the Upgrade Advisor run and incompatable software and or hardware removed?
     
  5. murzyn1975

    murzyn1975 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    I formatted my hard drive and installed XP again as the problem was even worse in Vista. I really dont know what the problem is but I cant play any games as they all seem to have the same problem.
     
  6. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas TS Rookie Posts: 527

    The GeForce 7600 GS 512 MB GPU is a 128 bit card with a bandwidth of 12.8 GB/sec. 4 pixel pipelines. 400 core w/ 533 effective memory. You have plenty of ram. I think you may want to try a GT model of Nvidia.
     
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Move the Creative X-Fi Platinum Champion Fatality Champion Series card to the furthest PCI slot from the graphics controller slot and install the latest Creative drivers
     
  8. murzyn1975

    murzyn1975 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Will do. Will keep you posted.
     
  9. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    I had to do this with my Audigy SE. Halo Combat Evolved never sounded better, but the game would freeze and the sound would partially play in a loop mode over and over again. I had to press the computer's power button to shut the system down.

    After moving the Audigy and updating the drivers, all is great!
     
  10. murzyn1975

    murzyn1975 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    I followed your advice and separated the sound card from the graphics card. Tested it in Flight Simulator X with the graphics and sound set to maximum. Had no problems in half an hour of playing, normally it would have crashed at least a couple of times. Don't have time to test it longer but since the weekend is coming up I will test it for a longer period. Will let you know how it turns out.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  11. murzyn1975

    murzyn1975 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    At first I thought that the problem had been solved but after about one and a half hours of playing the game froze again. Once the first freeze happens it repeats every couple of seconds.

    Any thoughts?
     
  12. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Are you using the latest drivers from the Creative website, and not from a CD?
     
  13. murzyn1975

    murzyn1975 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Yeah, I got all the latest drivers for NVidia, X-Fi, Motherboard etc.
     
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.

Similar Topics

Add New Comment

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...