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Help new computer restarts after games, video probs, general slow

By Mayotruck
Dec 3, 2004
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  1. I just built this computer.I enter call of duty demo, and i get booted in less than a minute of gameplay. I have tryed to enter that game a few times and it restarts randomly within the game. I have updated mobo, video card and windows. I also played need for speed underground demo and used maxed settings, it worked fine until i hit a wall and then i got booted back to windows desktop with an error code. I can play games and watch videos and such, but it seems to lack power? Any ideas, I'm not a tech but i know enough to scrape by. Also when i watch a movie the video plays but, through the movie little red and blue dots jump all over the screen randomly. Its watchable but very annoying. Also it seems that my computer is slow? I have run a virus scan and adaware se, and found nothing.I dont know, maybe i installed wrong drivers? please, send me ulrs for drivers for my computer, or give me a suggestion i work alot and dont have enough time to figure out all of these problems.

    Amd athlon 64 3500
    asus a8v deluxe
    radeon 9800 pro 256mb
    1 gig pc3200 400mhrz ddr ram
    wd 250 gig hd
    icute 302sl-black case with 400watt power supply with top/side fan
    16x dvd burner/32 cd writer
    windows xp home
     
  2. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    maybe hijacked

    upgrade to xp pro
    I had friend who played games and he got hijacked same conditions
     
  3. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 837

    Got a good strong PS? not one of those no-name-fly-by-night-makers ones. Does having the side of the case off make a difference? Have you tried Memtest86? Or SiSoft Sandra Burn-in tests?
     
  4. Mayotruck

    Mayotruck TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Reply #1 reply #2

    Reply #1--- All i have is windows xp home and i don't really feel like paying any more cash for anouther version but, I'll keep that in mind if everything else fails..
     
  5. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,763

    For a system like that you need a good name brand power supply like Antec or Enermax. Does the case have sufficient air flow? The Radeon 9800's run really hot. Also go into the BIOS and check the RAM timmings. They may be too aggressive. Are you using the drivers that came with the video card and mobo? They are usually out of date. I always use the latest drivers on the chipset makers website. For the mobo use the 4.55 Hyperion drivers at Viaarena.com and for the video card get the Catalyst 4.11 drivers at Ati.com.
     
  6. Mayotruck

    Mayotruck TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Im happy to be a techspot guy!

    Thanx all,
    Problem solved! I ran sisoft landra lite tempurature, run and noticed my computer was overheating. It must be the auto overclock on my mobo that is causing this is my guess. so i guess it's time to buy a liquid cooler, any suggestions?

    Thanx agian.

    Im a techspot forum man forever now.. :)
     
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