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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-21-2005, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hey guys

Just purchased a new computer this week, along with a new graphics card and a memory upgrade, heres the specs:

AMD 64 3300 (not overclocked)
1024mb ddr400 memory
GeForce 6600gt OC Driver 7.1.8.1
160gb seagate HD
Creative EAX Audigy 2 sound card

Heres my problem, bought half life 2 and installed. Game constanly freezes and crashes at various points of game. I have read online thru some forums that this is common and have accepted the fact until a patch comes out. So I installed Battlefield Vietnam and installed latest patches, start playing and it also locks up and crashes. I have downloaded all the latest drivers for my sound and video cards, disabled norton antivirus and my firewall and still run into this problem. I can accept not being able to play Half Life, but Battlefield Vietnam ran perfectly with my older Pentium 1.4, 512mb rambus memory, ATI 9600. If you guys have any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-22-2005, 12:10 AM
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Hey guys

Just purchased a new computer this week, along with a new graphics card and a memory upgrade, heres the specs:

AMD 64 3300 (not overclocked)
1024mb ddr400 memory
GeForce 6600gt OC Driver 7.1.8.1
160gb seagate HD
Creative EAX Audigy 2 sound card

Heres my problem, bought half life 2 and installed. Game constanly freezes and crashes at various points of game. I have read online thru some forums that this is common and have accepted the fact until a patch comes out. So I installed Battlefield Vietnam and installed latest patches, start playing and it also locks up and crashes. I have downloaded all the latest drivers for my sound and video cards, disabled norton antivirus and my firewall and still run into this problem. I can accept not being able to play Half Life, but Battlefield Vietnam ran perfectly with my older Pentium 1.4, 512mb rambus memory, ATI 9600. If you guys have any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.

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Rob1
What kind of temperatures is the new setup running at? Could be overheating.

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-22-2005, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
 
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To be honest with you I don't know. How can I go about finding the temperature of these items. I haven't overclocked anything, cpu or graphics card, and don't understand why they would be overheating.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-22-2005, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
 
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Ok I just rebooted and checked the cpu temp in BIOS and it was 60c. Is that normal, I would imagine it gets a lot higher when I have applications or games running.

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what brand gfx card is it?
BFG? XFX? have you tried different drivers (cleaned them with driver pro 3).
I'd suggest trying out 67.03, if you haven't already.

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Ok I just rebooted and checked the cpu temp in BIOS and it was 60c. Is that normal, I would imagine it gets a lot higher when I have applications or games running.

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60c is to hot, you should be running closer to 40c. What you can try is opening up your case and direct a floor fan onto your PC. Start up the game and start playing, if it does not lock up then that is your problem.

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Did you use the stock fan that came with the proc? You need to get a WAY better fan if that is the case. Maybe some 80mm fans inside your case aswell.

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-22-2005, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
 
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The idea with taking off the side case sounds like a plan, I'm going to WalMart to pick up a fan and will try that. Will let you know what happens. Friend of mine also just mentioned to take that extra stick of memory I installed out and see if that's the problem also, I'll try the fan first.

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The stock cpu fan should be fine, but it might be defective. I've probably built 200 AMD based computers, found 4 or 5 ones that came with bad fans.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-22-2005, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Okay I just purchased a pretty decent fan and put it right in front of the motherboard. Booted it up and checked out BIOS, the temperature went from 60c to 43c. I let it sit for five minutes in BIOS and the temp rose slightly to 49c. I started up windows and cranked up Battlefield Veitnam which was crashing on me two minutes into the game. The game has now been running roughly fifthteen minutes with no hangups. Hopefully this temperature ordeal is my problem, hard to believe coming from a brand new system. I don't know if its the 480w power supply or the graphics card I installed thats making it so hot. So whats the best route to go now as far as cooling without spending an arm and a leg. The system now has two fans on the actual power supply, one in the rear of the case, one on the processor, and a small one on the graphics card. Once again thank you guys for all your support

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