Games freeze after hours of smooth play

By Bishop1138 ยท 37 replies
Feb 17, 2010
  1. amrdesigns

    amrdesigns TS Rookie

    the installed ati driver is the latest with catalyst 10.3
  2. Bishop1138

    Bishop1138 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    amrdesigns when you said you reformatted your HDD, can we assume you're now running on a fresh install of windows and it's still happening?
  3. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Please post your minidumps here for analysis.

    You can find them in C:\Windows\minidump

    Also, please confirm that whether you re-installed windows (after formating OS partition) when you changed the motherboard?
  4. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Hi Bishop1138. Have you managed to solve your problem? Was reading this thread yesterday and realised that you had not updated in 3 weeks. So was wondering if the issue was resolved after reverting your CPU to stock speeds.
  5. Bishop1138

    Bishop1138 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Unfortunately the freezes continue for me though it seems that after switching to my old 8800 that they have lessened in frequency, no clue as to why though :(
  6. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Stranger still, I mean I have seen more systems with 8800 series cards with BSODs/Freezing issues, when compared with 4000 series ATI cards. Anyhow, have you tried to use that card in some other system and see how it behaves under stress?
  7. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Has anyone tried running memtest86+? Since all else seems to fail just try testing your RAM modules one at a time.
  8. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Good point, I will add one more suggestion to Rit's observation, i.e. running OCCT and stressing the graphic cards, to determine whether there is an issue.
  9. Zilliak

    Zilliak TS Booster Posts: 164

    i had this problem and it went on for months, with a 8600 gt turned out i didnt have enough power. Dont forget when you overclock you need more power so your motherboard is drawing more for that processor, your GPU is drawing a lot too at the same time, whenever i play crysis my graphics card always freezes up if my processor or Gpu is overclocked i have no idea why but it does. Id set everything back to factory.
  10. amrdesigns

    amrdesigns TS Rookie

    i don't overclock my ps is 500 watts which is more than enough for my build

    yes when i formated my hdd i installed a fresh copy of win7 and the problem is still there

    i tried the verifier thing with selecting all non microsoft drivers and it just gave my a blue on startup and rebooted

    after that i booted in safe mode and the minidump is attached

    Attached Files:

  11. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    This crash was caused by STREAM.SYS, this usually is used for USB devices (e.g. digital camera etc.).

    Which USB devices do you use?
  12. amrdesigns

    amrdesigns TS Rookie

    3 devices are always connected to my pc... usb webcam....gamepad..bluetooth set

    the game pad is so old and worked for more than 3 years with no problem

    the webcam and bluetooth set are about 6-8 months old>>i don't really remember

    i will disconnect them and try and tell u..

    note: as i said before>>only some games crach while others work with no problem

    i am now playing assassin creed II and it's a great game with no craches...
  13. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Alright, please keep things updated; and if you get any more BSODs don't forget to add minidumps with your posts afterwards.

    In case you don't get any crashes, then start adding disconnected devices one by one, hopefully this will help in identifying the device which is causing this issue.
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