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Q: games freezing up

Oh clever,clever people,please help.
When i am playing games they quite often
freeze up.The music still plays and the characters
still move on the spot.ie.on Fallout2 they still look
around and fiddle with their guns,but i cant use the interface or
pointer and i cant exit,not even with,CTRL-ALT-END(or is it DELETE
WHATS GOING WRONG???I have directx 8a and updated video drivers.help me guys

Preferred Solution: games freezing up

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

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When Im Playing a game, my computer shuts it off in the middle of gameplay, any explanation?
(I tried re-installing, and it didnt work)

Also, Im trying to install a few programs onto my computer, and during intallation, my com puter freezes, any explanations?

Thank You To anyone Who Replies!!!

A:Games Freezing/Crashing And Problems nsalling Software (freezing)

Welcome to TSG!
You problem could be resource related. Please give us a little more information about your system. The OS your using, the computer itself, Ram, processor and so on.

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Hi, Guys, I bought a new Laptop a few weeks ago

Asus R753U

Processor: Intel Core i7-7500 CPU @2.70GHz Turbo: 3.50GHz




Graphics: NVidia GEFORCE GTX 950M 2GB

So Every time I play a game the games constantly freezes for 3 seconds and continues to be fine again after 1min does the same thing Any help PLS?

A:My Games Are freezing

Hi there,

So this computer issue happens on every game you play? What games are you playing if you don't mind me asking?

Go to Nvidia's website and download the latest drivers for your computer video card. Un-install the current video card drivers you have currently installed on your computer and install the video card drivers that you have downloaded from Nvidia's website.

Hope everything works out well for you.

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Hi, a week ago a few of my big processor-heavy PC games suddenly started freezing for no apparent reason after about 15 minutes of play (Arma2/Arrowhead/Age of Empire) despite running fine for a couple of years, and I have to switch off the PC to get out of the freeze.
.I ran CCleaner, AVG and Adaware and re-installed the games but the freeze problem remains.
My other games are unaffected and run fine. Any suggestions as to what I can try next?
The only possible clue I can think of is that my Google Earth started running jerkily about the same time the game freezes began, so perhaps GE did one of its automatic updates and may have triggered the freezes in some way? 
My machine specs-


A:Games keep freezing

I've solved it by uninstalling Google Earth, so it seems I was right, the latest GE v 7 auto-update messed up my system somehow and caused the games to freeze!
I've now re-installed an older GE v 5 which doesn't affect the games, and I've also selected the GE "Do not auto-update" box..

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My PC/steam games are freezing two minutes into play. Can't exit to task manager only hard reboot. I'm using a Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (brand new so easily able to handle AAA games) with gtx 1060 nvidia.

Things I've tried;
DDU removal of nvidia drivers with clean reinstall (this actually seemed to work for a couple weeks but then started up again and didn't work again)
updated BIOS
Memory check
Reinstall windows 10
power optimization
Steam game reinstall

Any suggestions?

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Okay so I seem to have this problem with every single PC game I try to play. Basically I'm just trying to focus on possible causes of the problem. When I start a game up, let's say Age Of Empires III, as soon as the intro video comes up I hear some weird clicking or ticking. Then I can play as usual but with the clicking popping up every once in a while.. Then usually after a random amount of time the game will freeze. OR I can actually quit the game and do somethin else for a while but somewhere down the road - my PC freezes.

This happens with every game, more often with more taxing games on my video card. Now I know clicking is usually associated with HDDs but I just dunno about that. I have two HDDs and for example. I had Pirates installed on HDD 1 and had the problem so I wiped the drives clean and installed WinXP and Pirates on the other drive and had the same problem.
1GB Corsair
Barton 3200
9800 Pro Omega Drivers
120GB + 80GB HDDs
MSI K8-n72 delta-l mobo

A:What Could Cause This? Freezing after PC Games...

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My Laptop started to have a problem ever since I updated my PC. This did not happen before the update, but ever since I updated my laptop my games started to freeze. I can start it up and everything, and I can stay at the main menu, but when I start playing it starts to freeze after a few minutes into the game. I updated my drivers and everything, but it still doesn't work. HELP!

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Not really sure how long it's been effecting me, but im using Windows XP professional, and whenever i play Games ( i think i've narrowed it down to games using 3-D but not positive on this ), no matter how low the system requirements ( AKA, Tribes 2, Rise of Nations ) the computer freezes either constantly, or once an hour, or if im lucky once every 4-5 hours, but no matter what, theres a very high chance that the next time my computers off isnt because i shut it down using the start menu, but i had to turn off the power.

System Specs are as follows ( coming from DxDiag )

Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600)
System Manufacturer: VIA
System Model: 7VTXE+
BIOS: Version 1.00
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2000+, MMX, 3DNow, ~1.7GHz
Memory: 512MB RAM
Page File: 119MB used, 1131MB available
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0b (4.09.0000.0902)

A:Freezing with games

Make sure it's not overheating - take off the side of the case, and have a fan blowing towards the inside. Clean out the dust inside, and make sure the fans on the CPU and graphics card are working.

Also, what is your power supply rated at? It might be overheating as well.

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I have a Pentium 4 256MB 12X cd-rw 32MB Nividia GeForce2 MX graphics card. Any time I play any of my games, after about 5 minutes, the games seem to freeze or go very very slow, and it does that for about 1 minute, then it snaps out of it and gameplay is normal. Then, about every 3 or 4 minutes, it keeps doing this. It is really wrecking gameplay. I have updated drivers and gone into msconfig and changed the way the comp starts up. Nothing seems to work. The red light goes on on my CPU when this is happening. It almost seems that there is another process running that is interfering with the performance. I run Windows XP. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Games keep freezing....HELP

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Hi, Guys, I bought a new Laptop a few weeks ago

Asus R753U

Processor: Intel Core i7-7500 CPU @2.70GHz Turbo: 3.50GHz




Graphics: NVidia GEFORCE GTX 950M 2GB

So Every time I play a game the games constantly freezes for 3 seconds and continues to be fine again after 1min does the same thing Any help PLS?

A:My Games Are freezing

Hi there,

So this computer issue happens on every game you play? What games are you playing if you don't mind me asking?

Go to Nvidia's website and download the latest drivers for your computer video card. Un-install the current video card drivers you have currently installed on your computer and install the video card drivers that you have downloaded from Nvidia's website.

Hope everything works out well for you.

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Hey all,

I have recently purchased a new computer and for some reason every time I play any video game it locks up after about a good 20 to 30mins of play.

Here are the specs :

CPU: Q6600 2.4Ghz
Motherboard: Asus P5N-E SLI
RAM: 4 x OCZ Platinum XTC REV.2 PC2-6400 2GB 1GB DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-15 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel
Graphics Card: EVGA 8800GT 512MB
PSU : Antec Trio Power 650W
OS: Vista Home Premium 64bit

I have updated all the drivers for my graphics card, motherboard, updated windows. Do not know what the problem is. Also the CPU temp idle is about 35 to 45 C and MB is about 35 to 40 C

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You , Newbie

A:Games Freezing up

Hi Newbie
Check the system requirments for the video games your trying to play. Any of them say they can run on 64 bit Vista? or Vista Premium?

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Hi all,
I have a problem. I start a game and after some time It freeze. It happened to every game I tried (Unreal Tournament III, The Witcher 2, FIFA 12). I've got all drivers up to date and my components aren't overheating. And by the way, I can hear a sound from game when It freeze, the only solution for getting the game back to work is to use Ctrl+Alt+Del a maximize the game and It works again for some time.

My spec:
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1
MB: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 (BIOS version F4)
GPU: nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
Power Supply: Fortron Epsilon 600W

I'll appreciate any help.

A:Games are freezing

I could be wrong but the specs for your graphics card say it requires 38A on the +12V rail from the power supply. The power supply specs state it has 4 X +12V rails at 18A each.

If I am understanding all the specifications the card uses 2 X PCI connectors. If they are coming from seperate 12V rails you only have 36A available so it is underpowered.

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I like my online games, But unfortuantly I can play them.
Whenever I play Eventually they will freeze (In about 5-10 mins)
It's Really Annoying... Any tips?

My Card is 256mb Memory and Im using 1680x1050 (32bit) reso with 60hz

I know its NOT:

My Gfx Card Temp
Screen Resolution (My card is always @ 60hz no matter what resolution)

I suspect its my Power Supply
I hope it is so I can get a new one And be able to run my new Gfx card (Geforce 9600)

A:Games Freezing..

If you mean 110Watts then yes this is low (too low for an addon Video card)
(I note that you have removed the reference stating you had a 110 Power Supply)

You can also do the below (freely) before purchasing a better Power Supply:

Please run Memtest on your Ram
And confirm all your Device Drivers are up to date
Also make sure all Windows Security Updates (and Service Packs) are completed

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I'm running Win XP Home and I recently upgraded my computer to a AMD 1.3 Ghz processor, 512 mg DDR Ram, Micro-Star International LTD MS-6738 Motherboard. I have had the Temp. the ram tested and all that is fine. My daughters games, Jumpstart advanced preschool, Reader Rabbit and Dora the Explorer, freeze about 5 mins into the games and I have to reboot. I am stumped as to what else to do. The games ran fine before the upgrade. When I went to the Administrative>Events place on the comp. it says I have a PctSpk error 1063 StartServiceControlDispatcher failed and I can't find any info on that any help would be GREATLY appreciated...Julie

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ok kids, i need some help on this.
some games i try to run end up freezing within a couple of minutes whenever i try to play.
the culprets include:

soldier of fortune platinum (single player)
soldier of fortune 2 double helix (single player)
natural selection (half life multiplayer)
day of defeat (half-life multiplayer)

the screen just freezes and whatever sound was playing at the time repeats itself over and over. the computer accepts no input (ctrl alt delete, esc, etc.). and i am left with no choice but cold boot.
maybe my poor man's system just isnt nice enough. its a laptop my bro sold to me for a good deal (it was not abused in its past life). it is a toshiba tecra 8100. its got a 800mhz processor and 256mb pc100 ram. the video card is 8mb s3 savage.

my past laptop (dell latitude cpx 500mhz, ati rage pro card, 256mb ram) played the games without freezing.

would an upgrade to 512mb of ram help at all?

Please someone help!

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Well I'm playing Age of Pirates 2 I'm 20 mins in the game and BAM my pc freezed(anyone that owns age of pirates 2 knows there is a load of bugs) so I really payed no mind to it freezing.
I start hitting Alt+Ctrl+Del does not work I hit Caps,Scroll,Num Locks no lights come on.
So I do a hard restart hoping that the Freeze was a One time deal.
Than I Start playing Call of Duty 4 15 mins in same Freeze.
hard restart again, I do a Bios Ram check all good and check the Gfx card Temp 69-70C bit high for it.
It was running 45-50c a month before so I get 2 PCI Fans to help cool it. the next day I take the Gfx Card out and run it on the mobo North Bridge NVIDIA GeForce 8200 try a game out and No Freezing.
I get the fans put them in with the Gfx card they take down the temp on my cpu by 3C and none on my Gfx.
so I go to xfx tech Support and get the run around... Driver Sweeper... Make sure you have the new drivers..... freezing like this points me towards the memory or the power supply......​

what is making my pc freeze? ​
OS:Vista HP SP1 64-bit ​
Cpu:AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400 black edition Processor Model ADO5400DSWOF​
HDD:HITACHI Deskstar P7K500 HDP725050GLA360 (0A35415) 500GB ​
MoBo:BIOSTAR TForce TF8200 A2+​
Ram:OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB)DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Model OCZ2N800SR4GK​
Gfx card:XFX PVT98GYDLU GeForce 9800 GT 512MB​
PSU:Utlra LSP 750 PRO Lifetime Series 750 watt​

A:PC Freezing in Games

Have you tried using different ram or a different power supply.

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Hi, Guys, I bought a new Laptop a few weeks ago

Asus R753U

Processor: Intel Core i7-7500 CPU @2.70GHz Turbo: 3.50GHz




Graphics: NVidia GEFORCE GTX 950M 2GB

So Every time I play a game the games constantly freezes for 3 seconds and continues to be fine again after 1min does the same thing Any help PLS?

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I have a Toshiba Satellite L505-GS6000 and was looking to upgrade my ram so my computer would run faster. one reason I am doing this is an online game I used to play all the time wont play very well, the fps is good but after about 4 mins of playing the game starts freezing every 4-5 seconds. my question however is while looking for ram to put in my computer I found a Corsair 8GB PC8500 DDR3 1066Mhz SODIMM Memory - 2x4096MB or Patriot PSD316G1333SK Signature Laptop Memory Kit - 16GB (2 x 8GB), PC3-10600, DDR3-1333MHz, 1.5V, CL9, Non-ECC, Unbuffered. I wasnt sure which would be better for my laptop an give it the best speed. also what does the Unbuffered mean? I was also wanting to make sure the Ram memory kits would fit in my laptop. Thanks

A:Could my RAM cause my games to keep freezing?

Where did you get that info? You might try http://www.crucial.com/systemscanner/
http://www.crucial.com/ Both same website.

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I think the reason for my game lags is b/c of high or low fps. When i start to play a game like CSS my computer does not lag when im bhoping of play small maps like fy_iceworld. But when i play big maps like de_dust2 i start to lag as soon as i get in the game.

Property Value
Display Adapter NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500
Video Processor GeForce FX 5500
Video memory size 256 MBytes
Adapter DAC Type Integrated RAMDAC
BIOS String Version
BIOS Date 03/14/05
Display Drivers nv4_disp.dll
Driver Version
Driver Date 2008-05-16 21:01:00
Inf File Name oem10.inf
Inf Section nv4_NV3x

A:Games freezing. Please Help.

so your games actually freeze or they just lag? if it's just your fps dropping in big maps that sounds about right for a pc of those specs.

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Kids games always freezing . Starwars Episode I Racer, Hot Wheels crash the Shockwave site games. (Of course the educational games work fine.) My boys get so frustrated, and I don't know how to fix it. I don't know what graphics card I have or how to find out. Have an IBM Aptive about 2.5 years old.

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I currently upgraded my computer and am running a 1.3 Ghz processor and the temp is 102 degrees, 512 MB ram 32 MB video card, Win XP Home and my daughters games go about 5 mins and freeze. She has 3 separate games and they all do it. I'm puzzled because they never did this before the upgrade and the people that did the upgrade don't know either. I downloaded a new driver for the video card and that didnt help. I turned off my McAfee virus scan and that didnt help either. I have several fans so I dont think it's over heating. Besides that I only had one fan before and a 800 Mgz processor and the games ran fine. You are my last resort so ANY help would be so greatly appreciated

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I have a problem, whenever i play a game, ill gend to play for a while, and without fail, my pc always ends up locking up, sometimes i also get the blue screed saying there was a page fault in a vxd or something like that. If anyone has a clue whats going on and how to fix it, plese tell me

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Hey guys, I recently bought a computer for the sole purpose of being able to play current games, and I did quite well. The specs are:

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz (8 CPUs)
Memory: 3326MB RAM
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285

etcetc... Not a bad PC by any means. It gets the job done.... Or used to.

These days I can barely ever play games. I used to be able to play Call of Duty Moden Warfare 2 with no problems. Now the second I enter a game, the graphics will freeze up on me. I know it's only the graphics because I can still ctrl+alt+del, and the sound will continue going. When I try to play Champions Online, I can sometimes play for hours without it freezing, and sometimes it will happen moments after logging in.

I remember blue screening once out of the perhaps 30 or so times it's done it, and a couple times I've gotten an error stating:

"The nv4_disp display driver has stopped working normally. Save your work and reboot the system to restore full display functionality. The next time you reboot the machine a dialog will be displayed giving you a chance to upload data about this failure to Microsoft."

This has been happening for about 2 weeks now, and the things I've tried are unplugging my video card and plugging it into another slot, unplugging and plugging my RAM back in, updating the drivers to the latest ones, rolling the drivers back to previous "stable" builds, adjusting audio settings (which apparently could have ... Read more

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hmm it seem whenever I go to play a game that loads something at the start.. ie. Warcraft 3 and CSS... it WIERD. Warcraft 3 the screen goes black and my mouse is just the loading thing, not both.. my computer just stops loading in the back. I did a check to see if everything stops and even my music shuts off. I cant ctrl+alt+delete, all I can do is reset. and I even waited an houir and it didnt work
for CSS it goes to the first loading screen and says loading in the bottom right corner and just stays there.... grrrrrr

A:freezing on some games

CSS = Counter-Strike: Source

no ones got anything?

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Ok, whenever I go into one of my games it freezes, doesn't do anything but put a little white dot in the far upper left corner. However, when I change my graphics acceleration down to none or one before none it works but way too slow to even play (like 1 step ever 5 seconds) I have tried downloading new drivers for my videocard but that didn't work, I upgraded my RAM as well. This has happened with three games so I am pretty sure it is my computer that has the problem.
I also put my dxdiag information in here as well.
Please Help

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In my last post we determined here that my PSU was inadaquate. While this was true I have replaced it with a 750watt namebrand. Unfortunately When i play games that required any stress on my system it locks up and i have to reboot. I have resorted to playing Diablo II as of late. I ran memtest86 for 2 hrs and no errors were logged. And i ran Prime95 overnight for 7 hours. The system is still doing fine this morning. I know the system is not overheating either, all temps run in the green and games lockup before they would even get a chance to get hot(usually in Menu). Any suggestions?

Athlon X2 4600+
1 Gb PC 3200
GeForce 6800GT (x2) in SLI
Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty
750 W Enermax PSU

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Ok i'll explain first of all the problem and then what i have tried so far to correct it.

Basically the games i have playing run perfectly for 10 - 40 mins and then it locks up, sometimes with the sound looping, sometimes without, forcing me to reboot. Example of games this has happened in, KOTOR, CS, Raven Shield.

Ok now for what i've tried attempting to resolve this issue.

1. Update all drivers on my system. (Problem still occurs).
2. Re-installed XP with sp1/sp2 and without. (Problem still occurs).
3. Disabled Sound-Card (Problem still occurs).
4. Used MemTest program to check for faulty ram, ran fine with no errors.
5. Lowered Hardware Acceleration. (Now when i lowered this i was able to play KOTOR on certain levels, anywhere else the games fps went to low).
6. Used various Nvidia drivers, using drivercleanerpro inbetween installing them. (Problem still occurs).

2.6 ghz p4
Nvidia GeForce FX 5700 Ultra
Windows XP

Any suggestions will be much apperciated. Ive been playing around for weeks now, its really starting to get to me.


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Hello all my games keep freezing up after 3-4 mins of gameplay i cant play any game in peace it started after i put a 128 ram socket on my comp.


A:Games Keep Freezing

assuming you ADDED to the ram you already had: take the new chip out, play games, put the new chip back in , play again-
if you never crash without the new chip in and always crash WITH the chip....

: bad ram chip

: incorrect TYPE of ram

: possible the slot that the second chip is in is bad-
some things to try...

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Hi im running windows vista 64bit and in most games my PC is freezing up at about 10-45 min into it, depending on the game. This only happens when i run games and wont freeze up on normal tasks.

Ive tried reinstalling the GFX driver, I'm using a nvidia 9600 GT.

I have above all the recommended specs for the games its freezing on.

I've updated to the latest DirectX.

Any other solutions? none of these have done anything to impact the performance.

A:PC freezing up during games

List all hardware specs including power supply wattage and brand.
What are your temps like.

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First, hello all, I'm pretty new here, and not too experienced.
I'm desperate...I have played these games: Assassin's creed, Crysis, Call of Duty4, Medal of Honor:Airborne.
Here is the story: after I purchased my PC, games worked great for the first week or two, somehow. Then, Crysis and COD4 started to just freeze, it took crysis shorter time to freeze, around 10 mins, while it took cod4 20 mins~ till it froze, and my only solution is to restart my PC.(i didnt have MoH & Assassin's creed that time)
I have sended my PC for repair, and they said they switched PSU. I took my PC back and STILL having the same problem. I then installed MoH:A, played it and it didnt freeze. Then 1-2~ days later it froze(wanted to note it was a very hot day, my pc temp was up to 71C).
I took my pc for a full scan, I tould them my pc freeze and maybe my PC have too high temp. I got it back while they said my memory caused problem.
Now thats wierd, Assassin's Creedn works like a charm, played it over hour, so is Crysis(which used to freeze so fast) but COD4 and MoH:A STILL freeze my pc!
I'm so confused and have no idea what to do, I cant send my PC back to the lab, they will just do more *****ic pc scan and say everything is allright...

Oh, and about heating problems, they didnt fix it and their reason was that my PC have sensor and when it comes to too high heat it shuts down the pc, therfore it's not heating problems.
I dont know if it's really true, i&#... Read more

A:Games freezing

what is Tempt3, that is out of site and u will have problems there. tempt1 is too hot itself,but not unbearable.

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I just got a new computer today and when I run doom 3 after I play for a couple minutes the game will either freeze or crazy colours will go everywhere inthe game then itll freeze. i have a amd 3200, 2gb ram, 9800 pro. Could it be it is overheating? or that the power supply isnt enough (350 watt). If it is, how much does it cost to get more power? Thanks.

A:Games freezing

Hi Luke,

I had similar problems myself when I first ran Doom; I have a similar system, and same GPU as you. There are some issues with ATi cards and doom3, it tends to run better on NVidea cards.

First stop, just try the lastest ATi drivers, they did coincidentally post one on the catalyst site about the same time as Doom3 was released. That worked for me.

there are other, doom-specific, beta catalyst 4.9 drivers available if the above doesn't work.

alternatively, some people have reported success with a 3rd party driver like this one from guru 3d.

There's no reason why you shouldn't be able to play on high-quality settings with a minimum res of 1024x768, possibly higher, with your rig. You just need to tweak things a bit until it works ok.

There's nothing wrong with your power, until it stops working.

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my keyboard and mouse freeze during gameplay in most games, i have Gigabyte 8IE800 ,350watt psu,realtek AC'97 sound card and geforce 4 mx440 (version 66.93).

It happens in counter-strike, counter-strike source, GTA Vice City, Black & White, Battlefield 1942.The game continues but i cant do anything. So far i have changed keyboard, motherboard, sound and graphics. And the problem has continued through out. It started when i bought the comp and as you can see i have made many changes overtime and it has gradually become more frequent. I used to only freeze for a few seconds but now it is way longer.

The keyboard is a Logitech Acess keyboard (latest drivers, ps/2) and a Genius Webscroll+ Eye U+P (latest drivers, tried both usb and ps/2).
I am running DX 9.0c and i have reinstalled it once.When this happens he computer doesn't freeze and i can still use the special buttons on my keyboard, ie My Computer, media etc


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Some of my games including counter-stirke, simcity 3000 and enter the matrix lag a bit for every one second and it is very noticible. But some other games such as max payne and 2 do not have this lag. My specs are:

Intel Petnium 4 CPU 2.0 ghz
nVidia GeForce FX 5200 128MB
Avance AC97 Audio
1 40GB HDD, 1 80GB HDD.

Can someone please help?

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I am having issues with my computer and freezing during games. I have been playing some pretty intense graphical games for a computer including Warcraft3, Battlefield 1942, and Civilization 3. I have been having problems with my computer freezing at random intervals during these games for a couple months now. I updated my video card drivers and it seems a little better but still happens way too often. It seems to freeze oddly however, sometimes it freezes completely while other times it will slowly freeze like bag lag... both require restarting the computer. My friends say that it probably has to do with my video card or Windows XP Pro Edition but I'm not sure. Thanks for any help.

OS: Windows XP Pro Edition
Processor: AMD Athlon 2000+ (1.67 Ghz)
Ram: 512 DDR Kingston
Video Card: GeForce4 Ti4200

A:Games keep freezing!

Hows your cooling? When it freezes, shut down, ground your self and feel around. Hard drives, cpu vid, ram.

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Okay so here's my problem. When I'm playing certain games on my PC, like Grand Theft Auto 3, or Halo which I just bought, my computer will freeze up on me, but when I'm playing some other games, like Hitman Codename 47, I won't have any problems.

I've tried updating my video card and sound card drivers, with no luck, and I've already spent 2 weeks corresponding through email with the people at Rockstar North trying to figure out what the problem is, cause I thought it was only GTA3.

Has anyone else encountered this problem? And if so, were you able to fix it and how?

A:Freezing during some games, but not others

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I just bought a new setup,

Athlon 64 3000
Gigabyte K8NS Ultra-939
1GB Samsung 400mhz pc3200 Dual Channel
550 watt power supply
PNY GeForce 6800 GT 256mb
Win XP Pro SP2
My games keeps freezing every few secs for a few secs. Seems like the intense ones like battlefield 2 and Far Cry. Installing programs causes it to restart.
Iv'e replaced the Processer, replaced the mother board, tried 8 different RAM sticks at different speeds, Tried different harddrives (IDE and SATA), different PS from 420 watt to 550 watt, tried a different video card.
I've also tried fresh formats with no other devices ( meaning just hard drive and video card), tried different video card drivers (newest, betas, and older), updated BIOS and all drivers.
I've been reading forums for the last week and a half. I'm at my wits end right now. Could someone please help me?

A:Games Freezing

my friend had that same board, and he was experiencing similar troubles. it turned out that the board was at fault and replacing it fixed the problem. try running your machine using one stick of ram, with the case side panel off.

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I recently reinstalled winxp pro and have been experiencing several problems. Every game that I have on my system will freeze up after a few minutes of playing. After a moment or two it will revert back to normal play, but this process will continue. I have updated all my drivers including the video drivers, mobo, sound card, and windows. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling the latest drivers as well as older ones and the problem persists. Could it be my card is running hot? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

AMD Athlon 64 4000+ Socket 939 (SanDiego)
DFI LP UT NF4 Ultra-D NVIDIA Socket 939 ATX Motherboard
eVGA GeForce 7800 GT CO / 256MB GDDR3 / PCI Express
OCZ EL Dual Channel 1024MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz Platinum Memory

A:Games Freezing

List the games your playing....Do you play these games online or just single player? When it freezes does it ever result in you having to restart your PC?

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I am having problems getting 2 of my games to play and not freeze up while playing them. I don't know how to fix it. I have tried to uninstall the games and reinstall them but they still freeze up or don't play right. Can someone please help. Thanks

A:Games Freezing

Hi FaithJ, welcome to TSF...

Can you let us know what games they are and how you are running them please?

Also, what are your system specs please?

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Hi There,

I have this really annoying problem that while playing a game (COD4 for example) I get 5-15 mins into it and it just freezes. Really fast sound looping starts and I can't CTRL+ALT+DEL out of it. My only solution is to do a hard restart and let it boot up again.

I had this problem earlier in the year after I got a new video card and I thought I had fixed it. But a few months ago I did a clean install and this probably deleted the settings that fixed it.

Any help you can give is much appreciated.


A:Games Keep Freezing!!

One of the first (and probably the easiest and cheapest (i.e. free) things to check) is your temperatures.

Download and install HWMonitor then run the program. Leave it running in the background and play a game for 5 - 10 mins and exit (before it crashes the machine).

Post either post a screenshot of the temperatures (minimum and maximum) or type them out in a new reply.

Also, can you provide more information about your system, I can see what you have in your profile but could do with more. If it is a 'big brand' name like HP, Dell etc. then what is the exact make and model. If it's a self or custom build, what is the make and model of Motherboard, CPU, RAM (including amount), Graphics Card, Power Supply (including wattage), number of hard drives and/or optical drives (CD/DVD) etc. the more info you provide the better answers you will get.

What operating system are you using and is it 32 or 64 bit, are all your drivers fully up to date?

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Hello! I'm a newbie to this site so bear with me. While trying to play games on MSN or pogo or the java website, my comp will suddenly freeze up. My mouse cursor won't move and I can't even Ctrl-Alt-Del or Esc. All I can do is manually power off the computer. Sometimes it just shuts itsself down. It seems to happen more when there is a lot of activity on the screen. This is a recent problem. The games used to run just fine. Any ideas?

I'm running IE 6 on Win98

A:freezing during online games

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I've been having a problem recently where the java based games that I try to play online have been freezing. I start out ok, but at an undetermined point the game freezes up and I have to close IE with the Task Manager. Is this something I can fix?

A:Java games freezing

Try reinstalling the Java Console... http://www.java.com

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a while ago I reported that my games were freezing and I could get out of it by 'three finger salutes and task manager' -close it them game unfreezes. Well, think there has been a solution. Nvidia notified me yesterday that there was a gamers management upgrade to my card available. So I told it to install it. Eventually it was ready and *touch wood* games running very smoothly with zero hiccups or freezes. *fingers crossed*.

Anyone remember Beneath a Steel Sky??? Even that runs in my pc!!

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Hey all, I've run into a few problems here. I'm an avid player of Neverwinter Nights, EverQuest, and EQ2. And recently I've hit some... issues.

Two nights ago on EQ2, I was running through a zone, when my screen blipped. it froze for about five seconds, flickered black just before un-freezing, and my toon's pet would be a few yards ahead. Well I figured it was just some weird game glitch or lag or something, since the zone in question isn't exactly well-known for its stability. So I log out and reboot.

I can't even get into the game. It halts at the character select, and the opening screen resembles what I can best describe as "polygon explosion". Just a mass of color and triangles. I bluescreen after a while, it tells me that an error involving nv4_disp.dll resulted in an infinite loop.

So the next thing I do after I reboot is run avg, it finds nothing out of the ordinary, then I run ad-aware and spybot, both of whom just pick up your every day "you've won a million dollars!" type spyware. So I shrug and fire up WMP to enjoy some music. Well I have the visualization active on WMP, and... well, same thing that was happening in the game, only five times worse, flickering, stuttering, freezing on and off. I eventually wrestled it to the ground, uninstalled it, reinstalled it, and slapped a new skin on that works just fine. I then went to nvidia.com and downloaded / installed the 77.77 drivers. I had been using the 77.72... Read more

A:Freezing and stuttering in my games

Well I went in, uninstalled the drivers, rebooted, ran a driver cleaner, rebooted, reinstalled drivers, rebooted, no good.

Anyone, please?

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I am running a sony vaio with a 2.33 ghz intel core 2 duo, 2 gb of ram, and a nvidia 7600 (i believe) graphics card. I love to procrastinate, so a lot of the time i will try and play flash games through internet explorer or firefox. Recently, whenever something "big" happens (a big explosion, a gun shot, a jump) or something that has normally worked (and has in the past), the game freezes momentarily, and then will resume, skipping in the game the amount of time it froze, which for games in which timing is important doesn't really work out well.

i have played these games before, and they have worked. the only thing i can think of would be that i replaced my hard drive a 6 months ago, to a faster (5400 rpm to 7200, though supposedly the sony drivers don't allow it to go at its full speed...or something) and bigger hard drive (80 gb - 200 gb).

any help would be much appreciated for a procrastinating college student

- Hermitt

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ive been having many problems with like every online game i play, i lag ( freeze ) alot, i first thought i didnt have enough ram on my computer but i checked my ram and its 256mb. Im not sure if thats enough but ive been getting migranes from just sitting here for 2 whole minutes while people kill me on my game lol. Could anyone help me out, ive tried everything i could think of...

A:Disconnected and freezing on games :P

Depending on your machine, it's possible that you are running on low resources. With Windows XP, the minimum is 512MB, but you should have 1GB recommended.

But other situations can cause lag, ie heavy usage on the servers, low cpu, low video card...

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Hi All,

I really don't know where exactly to classify my problem, so I guess I will just put it in this thread for the meantime.

These are my current specs:

Win 7 64-bit Home Premium
E8500 C2D 3.16GHz
Maximus II Formula
Powercolor HD5970
Sound Blaster X-Fi (not sure on the exact model - it came with the Maximus II)
2 x 4GB Corsair Dominator 1066 DDR2
3 x 500GB Seagate Barracuda 32MB Cache
HX1000 Coolermaster 1000W PSU

I am currently experiencing quite a puzzling problem with my system which is only occurring now after 2 years of gaming. To properly describe it - whenever I play certain games on Steam the screen freezes at the loading screen with no other way of recovering other than doing a hard reboot. A sample of these would be R.U.S.E., Plants vs. Zombies, and King's Bounty. I tried to play games without using Steam such as Starcraft 2, and the same thing happens. The other puzzling thing is, I tried Civ 5, but this did not make the system hang, but when I tried to play it, it leads to slowdowns after a brief period of time. To be honest, I haven't tried it with any other games, but the fact that this is happening with these particular games (when it shouldn't) is most alarming. Currently though, as long as I don't run any games and only surf, use YM, play movies and music

Before I go further - these are the remedies which I have attempted to do to possibly come to a conclusion as to what is the problem:

I used to run my system with Vista 64-bit H... Read more

A:Freezing when playing games

Set your Steam offline mode, see if this is some Steam issue.

Is PSU sufficient for your rig?

Memtest.org can test your memory overnight.

Sorry if this is banal to ask, but did you apply Driver Sweeper-Guru3D when reinstalling the Catalyst versions?

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