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i need some help

By ArchVile
Jun 22, 2005
  1. here are my computer specs

    athlon mp 2500 200x11
    shuttle an35n
    geil ultra value series 2x512mb 3200 (new)
    xfx geforce 6600gt (new)

    ever since i got the two new items my games have been crashing after about half an hour of playing. could either the ram or the video card be causing these problems? cause before i had these items my games would never crash.
     
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    First lets check your ram.

    Download and run the Memtest86+ programme from www.memtest.org.

    Let it run for at least seven passes. If you don`t have a floppy drive, there is an iso version that you can burn to cd, and then boot from that.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  3. dicksyo

    dicksyo TS Rookie

    Game Crashing!

    Better check your RAm or video card. Possible conflicts on your videocard setting. better check the compatibility of your Game spec to your Hardware devices. ...Hope u can get some tips from me... :rolleyes:
     
  4. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,851

    Gfx drivers anyone...

    Howard i would update the video drivers first (alot faster). What drivers are you using for the 6600? The ones that come with the CDs are most likely old, and you should update them. Another problem could be your RAM (altough try Gfx drivers first.) You could try your old RAM for a bit and see if the problem stops.

    Good luck

    Sean
     
  5. ArchVile

    ArchVile TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    im using nvidias latest forceware drivers.
     
  6. ArchVile

    ArchVile TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    ok i returned the ram, geil 1gb dual pack, and got a twinx pack of corsair xms platinum RAM. im still getting the same problem. All my games still crash like 5 minutes into them. doom 3, diablo 2, warcraft 3, painkiller, max payne 2, etc etc. i think i should return the video card because my computer doesnt crash during normal operation like surfing or watching porn :p
     
  7. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    Your problem ist most likely an under-powered powersupply. That 6600 needs a lot of "juice".
     
  8. ArchVile

    ArchVile TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    my power supply is 400 watts. thats not enough for the 6600gt?
     
  9. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    Perhaps the location of your RAM sticks is a problem.
    Try different slot-combinations. If you have 4 slots, try 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 2-3, 2-4.
    And try just 1 stick as well (try in all slots), to see if that helps.
    You might also change the setting in your BIOS for the memory timing.
    Instead of 'by SPD' change it to 'manual' or something, but leave the other settings as they are. After each change, reboot and see how it goes.
     
  10. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,573   +9

    6600 gt shouldn't take up so much power, but then it depends on what else you're running. if you're running alot of drives (CD, DVD, HDD) and plenty of fans, it could pose a problem.

    And yes, try the ram sticks, although it doesn't seem like its a problem.

    I'm betting its the power, everything takes up more power when playing games.... what brand is it?
     
  11. ArchVile

    ArchVile TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    ive tried 1-3 and 2-3 cause i want dual channel, i know it doesnt work in 1-2 thats y i havent tried it yet. maybe that will help
     
     
  12. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

  13. Esusino

    Esusino TS Rookie

    it might help if u post the registey error: right click on computer resources then select menage pc and search for the system registry, u should see some entry that log ur errors, post that...!

    I m sorried for the language but i usually speak italian :bounce:
     
  14. ArchVile

    ArchVile TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    yea but theres a problem. a while back i had a 9800se and it worked fine with the 2500 that i got. the 2500 is OC'ed to a 3200 and now with this 6600gt its not working correctly. i think im gonna return it for a refund from zipzoomfly and get a 9800pro from newegg. even though its not as powerful i can put on a vga silencer that i got sitting around.
     
  15. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    What are the exact details of your powersupply? 400w from a proper PSU by a well-known maker should be enough, but I've seen cheap 550w PSUs that could not cut it.

    Try lowering the OC to e.g. 2800.
     
  16. ArchVile

    ArchVile TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    powmax 400 watt powersupply. its old but its good i think. Its blue and its got an led fan on the front. facing the CD rom druve, not on the bottom cooling the CPU
     
  17. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    Powmax PSUs are amongst the lowest of the low, in other words, a piece of s..t!
    An an old cheap PoS is even worse!
    Go here to calculate your needs: http://www.jscustompcs.com/power_supply/
    then get an appropriate PSU from Enermax, Antec, Hiper etc.
    But to be sure, try to borrow another (good) one from a friend first.
     
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