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PC crashes during gaming

By tkdchris
Aug 6, 2006
  1. recently when I'm playing UT2003 Doom3... after 10 to 30 mins the pc locks-up forcing me to switch off the power supply and re-boot, as you can imagine its very frustrating.
    I've tried a new processor fan in case it was overheating, I've tried updating the video card drivers, sound card drivers, mobo drivers and upddated the bios with no luck!

    System specs
    Windows XP Home Edition SP2
    Medion cybermaxx 3.2Ghz P4 HT
    1GB Ram
    Radeon 9800 pro (driver ver 6.7)
    350W psu
    MSI MS-7041 Motherboard

    any help would be great coz i'm close to throwing it through the window!
     
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    Download Speed fan and check your temps while gaming. also check your voltages. and check your ram with memtest.
     
  3. tkdchris

    tkdchris TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Speedfan results

    Temp1: 48c
    Temp2: 1c
    Temp3: -17c
    HD0: 56c

    +12v: 12.65v
    +3.3v: 3.14v

    Is this normal?

    Check ram, had one dodgey sim which I removed, but still have problem
     
  4. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    YOUr voltages seem fine. What brand is the PSU and how many amps does it deliver on the +12V rail?
     
  5. tkdchris

    tkdchris TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Its a medion psu that came as standard with the pc (350w) not sure what current it can take on the +12V rail tho
     
  6. Nthionius

    Nthionius TS Rookie

  7. tkdchris

    tkdchris TS Rookie Topic Starter

    its 18Amp on the 12V rail. I also noticed the harddrive is getting very hot at 56c i've ordered a cooling fan for that, it may even be the problem! If not i'll get a new psu. cheers guys
     
  8. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    18 A is very low. You need at least 30 A for a good, stable operation.
     
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    But surely, that many amps wouldn't be needed for a card like a 9800PRO(not exactly a power-hungry beast)? Or would they?
     
  10. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    I agree, maybe the 9800PRO isn't a power hungry beast, but look at his CPU, it's a 3.2GHZ P4, and if it's a Prescott, then it's a power hungry beast.

    Anyway, he should be fine with 22 or more amps.
     
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