Help troubleshoot game freeze issue

By ArtD423
Aug 30, 2007
  1. I've been having some strange issues with various games freezing including FarCry and the Bioshock demo. They both seem to freeze at random points in the game. When they freeze, the sound continues to play (not really looping, just the background sounds keep playing) but the video, mouse and keyboard freeze. Most times, I can CTRL-ALT-DEL and kill the game via task manager but sometimes, I need to do a reset.

    I've run various test including memtest, Prime95 (all without any issues). I've tried running with the Symantec Antivirus service stopped (next test is to remove it completely and use AVG) but with no luck. Is there anyway to run one of these games in a debug mode to find out where it's freezing? Other tests to try? Software I should remove or not use (such as setpoint, keyboard software, realtek controls, etc)? Any help would be welcome.

    My system:

    E6300 in a ASUS P5B-E with stock cooling
    2GB Corsair TWINX memory DDR2800
    ATI X1950 Pro 256MB
    Onboard sound
    Logitech G5 Mouse
    Kensington Pilotboard Keyboard
    CoolerMaster Centurion Case
    Antec Smartpower 2.0 450W Power supply
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