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Weird crash when playing games

By Scorch1994
Dec 3, 2012
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  1. Hello, sometimes when I'm playing games, the pc freezes and the screen turns into a bunch of squares with 2 random colors, or the screen will start flashing random colors.
    http://I.imgur.com/W0tfT.jpg
    http://I.imgur.com/UVSZb.jpg

    Videos of screen flashing
    Dishonored
    Skyrim

    In Dishonored, the crash only happens when I go to where the crosshair is on this image.
    I'm playing with 1900x1200 resolution, and I tried some different resolutions and at the lowest resoultion possible (800x600) the game doesn't crash.
    2012-12-02_00002.jpg

    My laptops specs:
    gtx 260m
    Intel Core2 Duo P9700 2.80GHz
    4 GB RAM
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,067   +169

    Are you expecting more from this laptop than it can do?
     
  3. Scorch1994

    Scorch1994 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I've played games that are more demanding with no problems before, but the screen flashing is something that's started happening only recently.
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,067   +169

    Is the laptop over-heating?
     
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,067   +169

    Post any minidumps by going to C:\windows\minidump. Minidump files have a .dmp extension. Select all the .dmp files. Right-click sending the files to a compressed(zipped)folder. Upload that folder as a file here
     
  6. Scorch1994

    Scorch1994 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Here's the minidumps. When playing games the temperature is usually around 70-75°C
     

    Attached Files:

  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,067   +169

    Are you over-clocking. The minidumps point to general Windows instability with an Nvidia driver issue. Is Windows fully updated, running Windows Update manually including all optional updates
     
  8. Scorch1994

    Scorch1994 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I haven't overclocked. I have the latest driver for my graphics card and I'm going to install all the optional updates in Windows Update right now.
     
  9. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,067   +169

    Okay, let us know how it goes...
     
  10. Scorch1994

    Scorch1994 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Nothing changed.
     
  11. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,067   +169

    Replace the video card
     
     


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