Please help, I wanna play games!

By risk49 ยท 8 replies
Dec 22, 2009
  1. CPU: Intel Core i7 975 @ 3.33GHz
    Motherboard: ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution
    Graphic Card: Radeon XFX HD 4890
    PSU: Corsair TX750W
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 DDR3 6GB (3x2)
    O/S: Windows 7 Pro, 64-bit
    GDU: ASUS VW225N
    And loads of fans!

    I have recently purchased this machine, one of my intentions is gaming. I had played Grand Theft Auto IV with little issue - worked fine, although the PC did hang when exiting.
    I have just bought some more games (Assassins Creed, Batman:Arkham Asylum, Dragon Age Origins & Fallout 3), I installed them, and now I cant play any games, the moment I attempt to start them up the computer freezes to a black screen and I have to restart the machine. Even Grand Theft wont start now. Any idea what the problem could be? Hope someone can help as I spent a fair bit on the computer and for it to not play games is disappointing to say the least!

    One thing that i should mention is the RAID controller that doesn't seem to be functioning properly. The drivers wont update (there is none currently installed). I think this is for installing extra S-ATA drives. Could this be connected? Otherwise I am clueless as to the problem.
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,186   +469

    What about graphics card drivers? If you haven't already, go to the ATI/AMD website and download and install the latest Windows 7 compatible driver. Be sure to uninstall the old graphics driver through Add and Remove Programs first.

    As long as you don't have any drives connected to those extra controllers, it shouldn't affect anything. Have you gone to the Asus website for the most recent SATA/RAID drivers for that controller. I think you are referring to the Marvell controllers.
  3. risk49

    risk49 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah I have the latest drivers. I didn't uninstall the previous ones though. I would have thought on installing the recent one it would have automatically done that. Is that not the case? How would one go about getting rid of them now?
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,186   +469

    Go to Add and Remove Programs.
  5. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

  6. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,662   +1,096

    Did you do all of the windows 7 updates? It sometimes helps with incompatibility problems and other bugs.
    Also in the device manager let windows 7 search for drivers online. I had a case in which the drivers i downloaded and installed didn't work but the ones windows 7 downloaded did.
  7. risk49

    risk49 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I presume you mean Programs & Features. There seems to be no drivers within this list. The ATI catalyst is there tho.
    Thanks for your link Relic. I have installed and run the ATI driver sweeper in safe mode, but when presented with a list of 20 or more dll's, exe's and others which of these do I clean? I have made mistakes in the past whereby dlls have been deleted resulting in full system wipe. Don't really want to have to take a chance like that!
    I'm interested in following this path tho as it seems a possible solution.
  8. risk49

    risk49 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks Puiu. Idid what you said, windows did manage to update drivers. Sadly the same black screen when attempting to run games. Pah!
  9. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,186   +469

    Yes. Sorry, I was thinking of Windows XP. The ATI Catalyst is what I meant for you to uninstall.
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