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PC crashes randomly and in games

By Darren192
Mar 9, 2009
  1. I have the machine with specs below. It crashes terminally (power off after a brief quiet whirr very close or identical to an intended shutdown). More so during games, especially my now barely played Empire: Total War. My video card has the latest drivers (and the PC crashed when they were not so new). I intend to see what the power supply is, but with 7600 GT graphics card not being very power hungry I doubt that it is a problem. Overheating? The PC is noisy when starting then goes to a normal purr, so not sure about fans being tired, but any suggestions would be welcome, till I get a Windows 7 PC and a 3 year support deal (cheap now) for peace of mind.

    The specs:
    incidentally it says my dvd is sony but its now a liteon but I don't thiink that is the problem.

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    System Information (I have the full dxdiag but can get this part in)
    Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.080814-1236)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: ASUSTeK Computer INC.
    System Model: A7N8X2.0
    BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
    Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2500+, MMX, 3DNow, ~1.8GHz
    Memory: 2048MB RAM
    Page File: 365MB used, 2300MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
    DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode

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    DxDiag Notes
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    DirectX Files Tab: No problems found.
    Display Tab 1: No problems found.
    Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
    Music Tab: No problems found.
    Input Tab: No problems found.
    Network Tab: No problems found.

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    DirectX Debug Levels
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    Direct3D: 0/4 (n/a)
    DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
    DirectInput: 0/5 (n/a)
    DirectMusic: 0/5 (n/a)
    DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
    DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
    DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

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    Display Devices
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    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT
    Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce 7600 GT
    DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_02E0&SUBSYS_2A57107D&REV_A2
    Display Memory: 256.0 MB
    Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
    Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
    Driver Name: nv4_disp.dll
    Driver Version: 6.14.0011.7824 (English)
    DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 6058112 bytes
    WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
    VDD: n/a
    Mini VDD: nv4_mini.sys
    Mini VDD Date: 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 6133856 bytes
    Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-41A0-11CF-5D6D-5C0A03C2CB35}
    Vendor ID: 0x10DE
    Device ID: 0x02E0
    SubSys ID: 0x2A57107D
    Revision ID: 0x00A2
    Revision ID: 0x00A2
    Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_B ModeMPEG2_C ModeMPEG2_D ModeWMV9_B ModeWMV9_A
    Deinterlace Caps: {6CB69578-7617-4637-91E5-1C02DB810285}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
    {335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
    {6CB69578-7617-4637-91E5-1C02DB810285}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
    {335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
    {6CB69578-7617-4637-91E5-1C02DB810285}: Format(In/Out)=(YV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
    {335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(YV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
    {6CB69578-7617-4637-91E5-1C02DB810285}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
    {335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
    Registry: OK
    DDraw Status: Enabled
    D3D Status: Enabled
    AGP Status: Enabled
    DDraw Test Result: Not run
    D3D7 Test Result: Not run
    D3D8 Test Result: Not run
    D3D9 Test Result: Not run

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    Sound Devices
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    Description: NVIDIA(R) nForce(TM) Audio
    Default Sound Playback: Yes
    Default Voice Playback: Yes
    Hardware ID: NFORCE_VAD
    Manufacturer ID: 1
    Product ID: 100
    Type: WDM
    Driver Name: nvapu.sys
    Driver Version: 6.14.0362.0000 (English)
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    Date and Size: 8/13/2003 09:45:00, 311552 bytes
    Other Files:
    Driver Provider: NVIDIA Corporation
    HW Accel Level: Full
    Cap Flags: 0xF5F
    Min/Max Sample Rate: 100, 100000
    Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 256, 254
    Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 64, 64
    HW Memory: 0
    Voice Management: No
    EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: Yes, Yes
    I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: Yes, Yes
    Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No
    Registry: OK
    Sound Test Result: Not run
    |
    Drive: C:
    Free Space: 13.6 GB
    Total Space: 38.2 GB
    File System: NTFS
    Model: SAMSUNG SP0411N

    Drive: D:
    Model: SONY DVD-ROM DDU1621
    Driver: c:\windows\system32\drivers\cdrom.sys, 5.01.2600.5512 (English), 4/13/2008 18:40:46, 62976 bytes

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    System Devices
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    Name: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_02E0&SUBSYS_2A57107D&REV_A2\4&102AC5BC&0&00F0
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvcuda.dll, 6.14.0011.7824 (English), 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 1368064 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvoglnt.dll, 6.14.0011.7824 (English), 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 8826880 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvcpl.dll, 6.14.0011.7824 (English), 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 13574144 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvmctray.dll, 6.14.0011.7824 (English), 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 86016 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvwddi.dll, 6.14.0011.7824 (English), 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 81920 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvnt4cpl.dll, 6.14.0010.11194 (English), 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 286720 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvmccs.dll, 6.14.0011.7824 (English), 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 229376 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvdisps.dll, 6.14.0011.7824 (English), 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 3989504 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvdispsr.dll, 6.14.0011.7824 (English), 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 5799936 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvgames.dll, 6.14.0011.7824 (English), 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 3444736 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvgamesr.dll, 6.14.0011.7824 (English), 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 3457024 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvmccss.dll, 6.14.0011.7824 (English), 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 188416 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvmccssr.dll, 6.14.0011.7824 (English), 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 458752 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvmobls.dll, 6.14.0011.7824 (English), 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 1257472 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvmoblsr.dll, 6.14.0011.7824 (English), 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 2854912 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvvitvs.dll, 6.14.0011.7824 (English), 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 3764224 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvvitvsr.dll, 6.14.0011.7824 (English), 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 4149248 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvwss.dll, 6.14.0011.7824 (English), 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 2686976 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvwssr.dll, 6.14.0011.7824 (English), 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 2981888 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\help\nvcpl.hlp, 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 177897 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\help\nvwcplen.hlp, 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 55444 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvcod.dll, 1.03.0004.0028 (English), 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 122880 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvcodins.dll, 1.03.0004.0028 (English), 10/7/2008 13:33:00, 122880 bytes

    Name: PCI standard RAM Controller
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_01EF&SUBSYS_0C1710DE&REV_C1\3&13C0B0C5&0&05
    Driver: n/a

    Name: PCI standard RAM Controller
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_01EE&SUBSYS_0C1710DE&REV_C1\3&13C0B0C5&0&02
    Driver: n/a

    Name: NVIDIA nForce2 Memory Controller
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_01EC&SUBSYS_0C1710DE&REV_C1\3&13C0B0C5&0&04
    Driver: n/a

    Name: PCI standard host CPU bridge
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_01E0&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_C1\3&13C0B0C5&0&00
    Driver: n/a

    Name: NVIDIA nForce PCI System Management
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0064&SUBSYS_0C111043&REV_A2\3&13C0B0C5&0&09
    Driver: n/a
     
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    If you know it's not power (and you can't be sure unless you have tested the PSU with a tester tool and multimeter) and it's not heat, then check your ram with memtest 86+
     
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