pc crashing when playing games, help!

By Nicx0r ยท 5 replies
Jun 8, 2006
  1. whenever i play new games like Half-Life 2, FEAR, Chronicles of Riddick,etc, i get BSoDs with no messages or anything, just the blue screens with white spots in lines. If i play Deus Ex or any older games its fine. My computer's a laptop and ive had my share of problems with it, like overheating and general crashing in games. I have no idea what to do, any help would be great


    3.0 Intel CPU
    512 RAM
    128M Radeon 9600 pro
  2. paranoid guy

    paranoid guy TS Rookie Posts: 420

    I think you are pushing either the RAM or the graphics card too far with those newer games. Has anything in that laptop been upgraded? If you can tell us what temperature the card is running at and the psu wattage if possible that'd be great, but to the best of my knowledge that card should play Half Life 2 ok, but I think FEAR would push it.
  3. Lekki_Sheep

    Lekki_Sheep TS Rookie Posts: 135

    You really need a 256M card for more recent games like F.E.A.R and you could do with at least a Gig of RAM. The processor is fine though. I wouldn't stress too much getting Chronicles of Riddic working though as it seems to have some very specific problems with card-feature compatability. I've owned it since release and have given up trying to get it running. I mean the system I have at the mo should surely be able to hack it, but it's still telling me I need a later version of OpenGL.

    AMD Sempron 3300 64bit
    2Gigs of RAM
    Nvidia GF 6200A 512MB

    Anyone tells me I need a better card and I'll slap them with a wet haddock. I'm not paying that amount of coin to play a game that's more than a year old.
  4. Nicx0r

    Nicx0r TS Rookie Topic Starter

    the laptop has never been upgraded, though from the sounds of it ill need to get more RAM. How do i tell how hot the card is running?
  5. Lekki_Sheep

    Lekki_Sheep TS Rookie Posts: 135

    You can find the card's chipset temp by Right-Click Desktop:
    Display Settings->Settings(Tab)->Advanced->%Card-Name%(tab).
    It should be in one of the sub-catagorie menus specific to the card. If it's not, I don't know where to look.
    Cpu wattage can be found in the BIOS/CMOS setup utility you can access from boot. You may find temperature monitor for your card there, but don't confuse it with your cpu's temperature monitor (that's likely to be at the top of the sub-menu).
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Or use CPU-Z to get ur card temps.
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