Computer freezes after a given time of gameplay

By axesever ยท 18 replies
Sep 15, 2009
  1. Sometimes the time will be an hour, sometimes a few minutes, but one thing is consistent and that is that it does it to every game I've tried.

    WoW (low AND high settings)
    Project Torque
    Perfect World
    Lineage II

    Story: I just upgraded to a GeForce GTS 250 and a 620 watt power supply. The case is staying cool, I even added a nifty vacuum graphics card fan that sits parallel to my graphics card and blows any hot air out the back ports of my computer. Truth is, the whole computer is running even cooler than it was BEFORE the upgrades.

    I have a total of 5 fans. Two in the back, a vacuum in the front, one placed beside the graphics card, and one on the side panel door.

    I have updated my motherboard, graphics, and DirectX drivers without solution.

    My DxDiag is attached (I wasn't sure what was needed/not needed)
  2. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Posts: 392

    Have you overclocked anything on the system?
  3. axesever

    axesever TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No, I have not.
  4. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Posts: 392

    Try running check disk utility,

    What brand is the PSU?

    This issue may be due to faulty memory. Borrow some memory from someone to try.
  5. axesever

    axesever TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The PSU is Corsair. I'll leave the checkdisk running while I goto work and post the results when I get back.
  6. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Posts: 392

  7. axesever

    axesever TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Your replies are so fast, I appreciate it, it's tough keeping up.

    Still gotta do Chkdsk but heres stress, benchmark and memory:


    Memory: 150% tested 0 errors


    EDIT: I ran chkdsk. Going to leave a game running while I goto work.
  8. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Posts: 392

    You have been able to complete all the tests which is quite surprising as as least one of these tests should have shown something negative. Nevermind. Tell me about your computer specs.
  9. axesever

    axesever TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Not sure what you want, I thought all that was in the dxdiag.

    I can give you a report from Everest Ultimate, hope that helps (see attachment). I Noticed it has some benchmarks of itself.

    SIDE NOTES: My game still froze, confirming the problem is still here.

    Recently (post new installation of hardware) my usb keyboard or usb mouse sometimes wont come on with the machine and have to be unplugged then replugged in. Don't know if that's related, but I figured any little info helps.


    (Sorry, too big for .txt attachment)
  10. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Posts: 392

    Sorry I totally forgot about the dxdiag. So, I see you have a core 2 cpu with only 1.80GHZ. This can be a bit too slow for some games. According to the DXdiag, you have 2046MB RAM installed, You have to set your pagefile to at least 1.5x the RAM amount, that is, 3069MB.

    Indxdiag I see your CPU is 1.80GHZ but in EVEREST it reads 1.930 GHZ. So, if you have overclocked the CPU, clock it back to defaults.

    About your USB issue, IMO its caused by low quality PSU. What PSU do you have currently?
  11. axesever

    axesever TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It's rated as a high quality psu...


    Corsair 620 watts:

    I don't even know HOW to overclock, so I doubt it's overclocked unless somehow an accident?

    So I need a new CPU? But the strange thing is is that I've played those game before with lowest settings and different graphics card and they worked fine, no freezing.
  12. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Posts: 392

    Ok Corsair cannot give this issue. And, no you don't need a new CPU, you just won't be able to run some games in extreme HD(like maximum). There can be many things that cause freezing apart from hardware failure. It may be the OS itself as you told me that games were running fine before. Here's what you should do:

    1. Defragment all partitions,

    2. Check for heat(even if you said it was not overheating) using and post results,

    3. Reset your bios,

    4. Scan for Malware. Follow steps 1,2,4,5,6,

    5. There may be too many services running in the background. Follow this and use the 'DEFAULT Pro' or 'Tweaked' configuration.

    How old is this computer?
  13. axesever

    axesever TS Rookie Topic Starter

    1. Working on it

    2. Holy ****, I think this may be the problem:

    Resting Temps:

    Running a game temps:

    3. How do I do this?

    4. Defragged C: and D: Now working on E: (after virus scan)

    5. Set my system to "tweaked"

    HD #1 = 8yrs
    HD #2 = 5yrs
    Case = 2yrs
    MB = 2yrs
    RAM = 2 yrs
    CPU = 2yrs
    PSU = Week
    GPU = Week
  14. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Posts: 392

  15. axesever

    axesever TS Rookie Topic Starter

    1. I ran virus scan, clean

    Attached log from Malwarebytes

    Scanning with SUPERantispyware now.
  16. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Posts: 392

    Don't worry about the logs, they must be submitted only when your computer is badly infected or when you have to remove an annoying virus ASAP. IMO you are clean.
  17. axesever

    axesever TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yep, clean as can be, SUPERantiSpyware came up clean.

    I'll reset that BIOS right now.

    EDIT: Reset BIOS and Can-aired my fans and stuff. I'll test the gaming now.
  18. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    Speedfan can be inaccurate. You can try to confirm some of the readings in the BIOS. One thing I noticed is the voltage for the 3.3V. It's ZERO! Your Vcore voltages are off as well. So either that's a problem with the PSU or Speedfan is wrong. Again, you can confirm this in the BIOS.
  19. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Posts: 422   +7

    i use nvidia system moniter to check tempratures.its pretty accurate
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