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Made my first Comp....Some serious problems with fps

By spuderman
Oct 25, 2005
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  1. rogue21

    rogue21 TS Rookie

    Power SUpply

    I think I've narrowed it down to the power supply, hard drive, or sound card (or maybe the memory). I am going to try the soundcard first though, since I have an old SB I can use.

    I've already done a complete reformat. Tried it with all unneccesary services disabled, etc, and I am still having the same problem that spudderman is having. So I would not recomend him not reformatting unless he really wants to.

    I've also tried running the games directly from the hard drive as opposed to the CDs and that does not help.
  2. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,120

    Intriguing. And we are absolutely sure it couldn't be heat? Heat of the CPU, the HDD, the chipset, the video, the PS? When it lags, gently touch the heatsinks of the various components. Also if a logic chip doesn't have a heatsink, touch the top of it and see how hot it is. Of course, none of these should be to hot to where you can't keep your finger on it for very long.

    Use the memtest86 and burn the ISO to test the RAM, just let it run over night and see what happens. There should be NO errors.
  3. spuderman

    spuderman TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Ok i checked the temp of all thoses compoents with my hand while the comp was running. All are cool except the memory. I have those metal heat sinks on 3-4 chips. The metal on 2 of them seems to be way to warm. It did not burn my hand but its pretty dam close. The one without the heat sink seems to be cooler actually. Does anyone know if those things just suck? Gonna run that memeory test tonight. I will tell ya how it goes tommorow.
  4. macklessdaddy

    macklessdaddy TS Rookie Posts: 69

    watch yo mouth chief barker
  5. spuderman

    spuderman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I started getting this error message just in the past 2 days. Do any of you guys know what this means.

    The instruction at "0x0023c290" referenced memory at "oxlfe814e8." The memory could not be "written."

    And i have the choice to hit Ok or Cancel? Whats up with this?
  6. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,120

    What a classic error message! How lucky of you to get it.

    Normally you can pinpoint that error to the specific program causing it, you may find the pattern, what is it? And sometimes that error references a file, any thus far?

    I'd venture to say that the bulk of problems with this error are programatical to the program causing it. lol. As in, the program made a booboo. Try updated, or reinstalling the program. And update any drivers associated with its function, like sound drivers if it's an audio program, or video drivers. Hard to say for sure.

    If you can't pinpoint it to a certain program (check error logs), try this: Turn off your swap file, set it to 0 or off, restart the PC, delete all your temp files, either manually or with a program like CrapCleaner. Then defrag your hard drive. Then turn your swap file back on again.

    So basically, if updating the program and drivers doesn't fix it. Some general system maintenance might do the trick.

    Lastly, in general the heat spreaders are supposed to be good for the chips. But maybe they add enough bulk to where it stays to warm in that area? I wouldn't say take them off though. If it's hot with them it'll certainly be hotter without. Try opening the side of the case and put a desk fan blowing into it, see how it behaves.

    Good luck
  7. mattw

    mattw TS Rookie Posts: 117

    when i play BF2 its sometimes as choppy as hell, sometimes not. mine usually nds up disconnecting from the game about 2 mins (maybe due to the choppy crap connection) in which is annoying as. but this has all come around since my problem where the gfx seems to have deteriated. but BF2 has been the only game to be effected dramatically.

    im not sure if this will help AT ALL, what about increasing virtual memory?
  8. spuderman

    spuderman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok i ran the memtest86 propgram overnight. It ran 8.5 hours and it passed 12 tests.......But it had 41 errors on test 6. I dont know what that means but i hope you guys do.
  9. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,120

    Hmm, well what it means is you have a problem with your RAM. It should run over night and all day and all week with NO errors.

    It's hard to say whether this is what affects game play, maybe not. But it can certainly be the cause of Windows errors, random crashes, program freezes and more.

    At what MB did the errors show up? Whichever RAM stick is at that range, remove it and test again. For example if it fails at 45mb - 65mb, and you have a 128mb stick in the first slot, take this stick out. If it fails at 150mb-180mb, and you have 2 128mb sticks in slot 1 and 2, take the 2nd 128 out. And so on.

    -mattw- your problem is similar but not exactly. You will want to read over the thread and check everything mentioned. Check for software problems, driver updates, reset swap file, defrag, check for overheats, check voltages from the PS, and so forth.
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