Gaming problem - games crashing/poor performance on new PC build

By johnnyboy1979
Oct 17, 2005
  1. Please help, I'm at the end of my tether with my new PC. It is my first PC build. The system runs like a dream until I come to play games. If I run any game at AGP8x, the game will crash. Screen freezes then monitor will go into permanent sleep mode, or I get a VPU recover error. My board and graphics card both support AGP8x. If I turn the AGP down to 4x then games will run, although I have still had problems with 4x on high end games such as Far Cry.

    Have seen many other people on the web with similar problems but as yet I am unable to find a solution. So far I have tried the following:

    Updating all drivers - display, chipset, sound, etc.
    Updating BIOS
    Purchasing new PSU
    Increasing AGP aperture size
    Trying one memory stick at a time
    Increasing AGP voltage settings
    Trying my friends graphics card

    Tweaking some of these things seem to have improved the problem but not solved it. For example before I started tweaking, I was unable to play FIFA Football 2006 on AGPx4 but now I can. However, soon as I play it on AGPx8, it crashes straight away.

    System is as follows:

    Giga-Byte K8NS-Ultra 939
    AMD Athlon 64 3200 32/64Bit CPU S939
    160Gb Maxtor Diamondmax Plus 10 (7200rpm,8MB) "Sabre" SATA NCQ
    ATI Radeon 9600 256MB 128Bit DDR DRAM
    Sony DWQ28ASV 16x16x4 DVD±RW Dble Dual Layer DVD Writer OEM UK
    Jeantech PSU 450W

    I have 2 case fans. All temps appear OK. I have also tried (as mentioned above) my friends gfx card in my machine, that was a GeForce 4200Ti, I experienced similar peoblems with this card.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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