Problem with computer crashing during games.

By dilandausc ยท 14 replies
Jun 14, 2007
  1. My computer regularly crashes when playing games, this usually occurs anywhere between 5 and 30 minutes though on the odd occassion it will last longer.
    The usual symptoms are that the screen freezes for a while then the screen goes blank. The PC has to be restarted.

    I have checked the System Requirements Lab (stickied in this forum) and all the games I have tried return as Passed.

    Specs are:

    Processor: AMD Sempron(tm) 2400+, MMX, 3DNow, ~1.7GHz
    Memory: 1024MB RAM
    DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c
    Graphics Card: CONNECT 3D RADEON 9550 (256 MB)

    Can anyone assist with my problem? Is there anymore information that is needed?
  2. Brendannaidoo

    Brendannaidoo TS Rookie

    Found your problem already boet. Its your graphics card. Update your drivers. If not make sure you have the latest verion netframework 2.0. But the problem is def your card. Also check if you have fastwrite enabled or disabled.
  3. Lethogar

    Lethogar TS Rookie Posts: 36

    What games are you playing on it?
  4. dilandausc

    dilandausc TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Initially problems were with World of Warcraft and then Warhammer: Dawn of War.

    I updated the Graphics and sound drivers and Dawn of War played through for an hour and a half with no problems. I had updated the Drivers previously and the problem persisted but there had been a new one since the last time I updated.

    Hopefully thats the problem sorted but only time will tell.
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,186   +469

    If you continue to have problems, be sure you install all relevant game patches.
  6. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    If the problem isn't solved, open your case and tell us how many watts your power supply gives, and how many Amps are on the 12v Rail. If you don't know how to get this information, take a picture of the power supply sticker and post it here.
  7. dilandausc

    dilandausc TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well of course I jinxed it by speaking too soon and the problem persists.

    So far I have:
    Updated Graphics and Audio Drivers
    Disabled Fastwrite
    Enabled Fastwrite

    I have not yet applied any game patches.
    I have tried Dawn of War after each step and the error as described above occurs again.
    I couln't get a photo of the power supply at the moment but the details off the label are :

    Model JNP-350p
    AC INPUT: 115v 8A
    220-240v 4A
    Frequency: 50-60 Hz
    Peak: 350W

    DC Output
    +5v 3.3v +12V -5V -12V +5VB
    30A 28A 16A 0.3A 0.8A 2A
    180W MAX 192W 1.5W 9.6W 1.0W

    hope that helps.

    Thanks everyone for your help so far.
  8. dilandausc

    dilandausc TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I ran SpeedFan which gave CPU temperature readings of 61C at idle.
    I opened the case to clear any dust out and booted with the case open and noticed that the small fan over the motherboard processer didn't start. I nudged it with the handle of a paintbrush and it started. I am now getting idle readings of 51/52C.
    The same error occured when running Dawn of War.
    I have rebooted with case open to ensure this fan now boots up and it does with the same readings as above (51C) but the error persists.
  9. red-vex

    red-vex TS Rookie

    I don't know if now you've fixed it the temp is ok for your proc, I just guess semprons might run at such a high temp, but the first thing that came into my mind when i read your first post has been: this guy is suffering from high temperature. I had a problem like your in the past years and the only way i could run 3dgames was putting a fan in front of my open case, specially on summer :D . I'm much more concerned about cooling since, as it is most important to keep your hardware as cool as you can.
  10. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,186   +469

    Does your 9550 have a fan or does it have a fanless heatsink? If it has a fan, is it turning as well?
  11. dilandausc

    dilandausc TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It has a fanless heatsink
  12. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,186   +469

    Darn, thought I was onto something. Well, I suppose you've already cleaned the graphics card heatsink of dust too. If not, give it a shot.
  13. dilandausc

    dilandausc TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The PSU died today and is currently replaced with a 400W Jeantech.

    The same crashing prblem occurs.
  14. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,186   +469

    Use Speedfan again and check the voltages put out by the PSU. Even though you are using a different power supply there could still be a problem there. Jeantech is not a particularly great brand.
  15. dilandausc

    dilandausc TS Rookie Topic Starter

    NOt sure which of the voltage information is relevant so I've just put it all.

    NB: 1.63V
    CPU CORE: 1.62V
    DDRVDD: 2.63V
    3.3V: 3.33V
    5V: 5.12V
    12V: 12.23V
    AGPVDDQ: 1.59V
    DDRVTT: 1.32V
    5VSB: 5.14V
    VBAT: 0.00V
    3VDUAL: 3.30V
    GMCHVTT: 1.63V
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