PC crashes whenever I try and play a game

By tomd741
Mar 12, 2009
  1. Hi guys.
    Basic problem is that my computer freezes every time i start a game. I'm assuming this has something to do with the video card.

    My steps so far have been to format my HD and re-install windows vista. I have not connected to the internet since re-installing windows so I am almost certain I have no viruses.

    The problem occurred whilst playing a game, the computer froze and was totally non-responsive - even to ctrl+alt+del.

    Sometimes when I switch it on, it loads up until the login screen which stays blank.
    I have found that I can start it up successfully in safe mode.

    My specs are as followed:

    Manufacturer: Dell Inspiron 531
    Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core Processor 5600+ 2.81 ghz
    RAM: 3582mb
    System type: 32-bit OS
    Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8300 GS
    OS: Vista Home Premium

    If you need anymore info pls ask
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,240   +92

    All your device drivers up to date?
  3. tomd741

    tomd741 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Yep, i downloaded the latest from the Nvidia website.
  4. tomd741

    tomd741 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    just to confirm - downloading the drivers did not solve the problem
  5. ThaUnknown

    ThaUnknown TS Rookie Posts: 62

    what power supply are you using?
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,865   +1,521

    First, a 8300GS video card is just barely more competent than onboard graphics. so if it freezes on games with very high system requirements, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Other than that, the possibility exists it might be an insufficient PSU, and/or overheating video card or CPU.
  7. tomd741

    tomd741 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    300W power supply - I'm certain the graphics card is broken somehow, because when I plug the screen into the integrated video card port it works. I'm looking at a couple of replacements for the graphics card already but I dont really want to replace the power supply as well. Im only using the graphics card for one game and its really not graphics intensive (EVE online)
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