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Need help identifying computer problem. Computer keeps crashing when playing games

Q: Need help identifying computer problem. Computer keeps crashing when playing games

Hey I've got a problem with my computer and i cant figure out what it is exactly so i dont know where to start on fixing this.
Basicly when im playing a high powered game i.e World of Warcraft its crashing quite often turning the window into a black screen and then crashing my computer, as if its something to do with my graphics or spec not able to run it.
I cracked my computer screen a few months ago and lately got it fixed and since then this problem started to apear, i've never had a problem with this before then, I thought it may possibly be from getting a new screen i might need to reinstall my graphics drivers which i moved onto doing and it still didnt help my problem
I've got 3.00 GB of RAM
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T9400 @ 2.53GHz
My 2 graphics cards are ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870

So its more then enough for world of warcraft or most other high spec games
It would be greatly Appriciated for your help.

Preferred Solution: Need help identifying computer problem. Computer keeps crashing when playing games

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.)

A: Need help identifying computer problem. Computer keeps crashing when playing games

Usual cause of this problem is overheating and/or weak power supply.

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Hello there, I've got a problem with my computer that's been bothering me for a long time now.
If possible, I'd like any of you to help me identify the problem, and find a solution.

I've never been able to fix this problem, on what should be a perfectly fine computer, bought new in march 2008. Full spec list in the end of the post. OS is Windows XP Pro.

The problem is that the computer is either crashing completely, or forcing games to shut down when I'm playing games. What I've come to think is that my power supply can't handle the hardware that's in the computer, when all the parts are being used maximally. Here's what I'm thinking: When a game that demands the whole computer to work at maximum capacity is running, the power supply will attempt to deliver the power all the hardware parts need to function properly at full speed. 'Say the computer actually need a 550w power supply to function properly, but the power supply i have only works at 500w, it will actually try to deliver 550w, ultimately causing it to "overheat", and force itself to reboot as a means of getting cooled down or simply slowing down to work at normal capacity - instead of keeping on working at more than 100% capacity over a longer period of time, which would end up destroying the power supply altogether. The crashes rarely occur when I do anything other than playing demanding games, basically any game that's got high hardwar... Read more

A:Need help identifying computer problem. Computer keeps crashing when playing games

New Computer

Yeah, build a new computer and put the drive in the new computer.

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So what keeps happening is i start playing a game, anywhere from 1-10 minutes after i start playing my sound just stops and seems to repeat 1-2 seconds of the same sound over and over for about a minute, then just go completely silent, and at the same exact moment the sound starts freaking out i get a funny texture across both of my screens. i took some pictures for what my screen looks like.
and as you can see they show up some times as different colors.
the only games I play are World of Warcraft, Sratcraft2, and Call of Duty 4, and this problem had happened with all 3 games.
and one other thing to note, once i restart my computer after this happens, i doesn't seem to happen again till after i turn my computer off regularly, and play again later.

Now a little bit about my computer, I built it about 3 1/2 years ago, never had any problems with it, only upgrade I have ever done is add a new graphics card about 4 months ago(my friend had it laying around and gave it to me). also I use a 32" VIZIO TV for my main monitor and a regular LG monitor as my secondary. Now lastly my specs
AMD Athlon 64 Dual Core Processor 6400+ 3.21GHz
4BG of RAM
GeForce GTX 280

if you need more info just let me know!
and thanks in advance for any help and info

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Hi, i have been having problems that when i play games my computer will crash after a few minutes. This problem has been happening for a while now and i decided to finally use the 7 forums.

I think it has something to do with the hardware since i have the WHEA Error:

A fatal hardware error has occurred.

Reported by component: Processor Core
Error Source: Machine Check Exception
Error Type: Bus/Interconnect Error
Processor ID: 2

The details view of this entry contains further information.

I would really appreciate some help on this problem as it has been bothering me for awhile now. Thanks in advance.

A:Computer Crashing while playing Games

Quote: Originally Posted by Boyd23

Hi, i have been having problems that when i play games my computer will crash after a few minutes. This problem has been happening for a while now and i decided to finally use the 7 forums.

I think it has something to do with the hardware since i have the WHEA Error:

A fatal hardware error has occurred.

Reported by component: Processor Core
Error Source: Machine Check Exception
Error Type: Bus/Interconnect Error
Processor ID: 2

The details view of this entry contains further information.

I would really appreciate some help on this problem as it has been bothering me for awhile now. Thanks in advance.

Well looking at where it says the component reported is the processor core; it sounds like it could be the processor itself that is partially on its way out; or it could be the driver(s) for the cpu processor possibly need updating and or reinstalling. I would try first to see you can update the drivers via the motherboard manufacturers site or the system makers site depending on whether or not it is a custom build.

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So my computer has been crashing while playing games after updating a bunch of hardware. Screen freezes up with a weird pattern. Vertical running lines over some monocolored background with sound stuttering.
Here's what I've tried so far:
Complete dust cleaning (not dusty since many things are new)
Reseating just about everything
Logging temperature to make sure no overheat (65 C max on GPU, lower on CPU, no overheat)
Making sure my system drivers are updated (graphics, .net framework, directx, etc)
Here are my specs:
OS: Windows 7
GPU: AMD R9 290x
CPU: i5 4670k
MOBO: Gigabyte H8M1 -HD3
Hard drive: Samsung 250 GB SSD
PSU: Corsair 750
Here's what it looks like when it crashes: http://imgur.com/PaZASx5

A:Computer crashing while playing games

What game does it crash? Does it give you any error message?
I'm a PC gamer as well, you can find me on Steam by typing Jerky McDilerino into the friend search box, and the first result should be me with a bleepingcomputer profile picture. 

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Hi there,

When using my computer it will sometimes crash every now and then, it will however crash as soon as I start playing a game. For example when within World of Warcraft it will crash pretty much instantly, I have got a memory dump of which I have attached to this post. If anyone could help that would be brilliant.

I have tried reinstalling the graphics drivers, using the latest drivers from the nVidia website. This started to happen after reinstalling Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.

A:Computer Crashing When Playing Games

You have not stated anything related to your computer like memory, CPU, available disk space. Whether you have current drivers for your components, etc. Looks like NVidia driver issues.

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I've been facing this problem for a while, and I have absolutely no idea what to do, tried googling the solutions but none of the posts I found were very helpful. I start playing any game for a while, and then the screen goes all black and in standby mode, the sound keeps playing for a few seconds until it starts looping, and I have to restart. There's no specific time for the crash, sometimes it takes 10 minutes, sometimes 35 minutes...This has been happening for a month now, with games that have been working very fine before, like Skyrim, The Sims 2, Heroes VI, Renegade (which is a bit old so I'm guessing it's not very graphics related..)

Here are some specs of my personalized desktop:
Windows Vista Ultimate Service pack 2
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7200 @ 2.53GHz 2.53 GHz
NVIDIA GeForce 9400
2.00GB RAM
32-bit Operating system

I also have to point out that I have 1 GB of free space on C, and 6 on D, but it has been like that for over a year now and I haven't faced any problem with it (except more or less slow performance *sometimes*)

I ran a speedfan test since most of those facing similar problems have been asked to do that, and here are the results:
CPU0Fan: 1140 RPM
GPU: 74C
System: 81C
CPU: Between 39-45C (goes up and down every 2 seconds)
AUX: 125C
Temp: 74C
HD0: 43C
Core 0: 58C
Core 1: 58C

Help please? :/

A:Computer crashing a while after playing games

Your cores shouldn't be 58C just at idle. Aswell your gpu is too high for idle.

D/l furmark FurMark: VGA Stress Test, Graphics Card and GPU Stability Test, Burn-in Test, OpenGL Benchmark and GPU Temperature | oZone3D.Net
It'll stress just you video card. If it crashs up, or gets to 105C You have heat issues with the gpu.

Also d/l prime95 |MG| Prime95 27.7 Download
It'll stres just your cpu. If you get over 75C or crash, you have heat issues.

Odds are you need a good cleanout and thermal paste redo.

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My computer can handle these games graphically, my temperature is normal, and I don't have any memory problems, however, these games just crash my computer within the hour of playing them. I tried reinstalling, the dev support, Microsoft support, but they couldn't help. I was wondering if any of you could give me some suggestions or pointers.any help is greatly appreciated <3Games --- Call of Duty: Black Ops | The Sims 4 | Dishonered

A:Computer Crashing playing certain games

Please run Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions - https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/576314/blue-screen-of-death-bsod-posting-instructions-windows-10-81-8-7-vista/Regards. . .jcgriff2

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so i have just had a new problem with my pc of which randomly when im gaming i recieve a shutdown it doesnt prompt me it just shutsdown like i unplugged it but this only happens when playing certain games such as minecraft(idk why this since iv been able to play this at 300 frames without a flaw for a couple years) arma 3 arma 2 and ark survival evolved im not sure why im having this problem but i read that it could be a psu problem of which they said to download and test it with furmark and i ran it for about 11 minutes fine with temp of 33C and a max temp of 79C which i dont think is alot since its at 99% load

here are my specs
CPU: AMD FX - 6300 Six Core Processor
Memory: 8GB RAM
PSU: 650W ACE Blk PSU 12cm Red Fan
OS: windows 7 home premium
Motherboard: M5A78L-MLE

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When i play videos through windows media playe 11 or play online games like Vanguard at various times my sound appears to stutter then the screen freezes for a second then i get the blue screen saying an unrecoverable hardware error has happend and my comp reboots. Ive been emailing dell every day for 3 weeks now and they still have no answer for me. if i disable my sound device i can play video and play vanguard with no problem but as soon as i use sound i get the blue screen. My hunch is a compatibility issue with windows vista. Dell has replaced my video card and i still get it and ive downloaded current drivers for my vid card and sound card and used the windows update for any critical and security updates out there. Ive restored my comp to factory settings 5 times as per request of dell tech guys, and ive uninstalled the sound device then reinstalled it.
But im sites like Youtube i have no problem running there media player.
My system specs are as follows

dell dimension E520
intel core duo processors 2.13ghz, 2.13 ghz
2 gigs of ram
windows vista 64
ATI radeon 1300 pro 256 mb video card
sigmatel high definition audio CODEC

This comp is brand new fresh out of the box and my old system plays video and games just fine with windows XP

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I am new to these forums and really just trying to find help with what might be wrong with my new computer. I'm sure that questions like this have been asked before and I tried searching before posting but didn't come up with much, so my apologies if I'm rehashing old problems. I'm hoping if I'm specific enough someone might have something to advise...

My new computer build is causing me problems while playing games. Here are the system specs - I am new to this so if you need anything else just ask.

Windows XP Home Edition SP2
AMD AthlonXP 3200+
AOpen AK77-600 Max Mobo
Samsung 120GB HD
NVidia GeForce 6600 256MB

My husband and I just bought and built the computer about 3 weeks ago. Here's the problem: while playing games the games either crash to desktop with no error, crash to desktop with an error, or the computer reboots. Here is the list of particular games I have installed and tried playing so far along with the particular problem I've experience with each:

- The Sims 2 (plays fine for hours at a time sometimes, then sometimes it crashes to desktop with no error message, sometimes the computer reboots; it did this once just as I was starting the game)
- Zoo Tycoon (again, plays fine for hours sometimes, but sometimes it crashes to desktop with an error message after playing for some time)
- Neverwinter Nights (game crashes to desktop with an error message every time I play; sometimes I get an hour o... Read more

A:New computer restarting or crashing while playing games

ok so i think you either have a nasty virus or a directx problem...try unistalling your video drivers and let windows install them for you(they should come with service pack 2) or you can try finding a program called directx eradicator and using it and reinstallind the most current version of directx from the windows website(dx9.0c) or off of your sims 2 install disk(it has a copy of dx9.0b on it)

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I'm new here don't know if this is the right forum to post in. I recently installed Windows 8 64 bit from Windows 7 32 bit. I never had any problems really with the windows 7 32 bit but since upgrading to Windows 8 64 bit I am having this odd problem. I am a gamer, I have Steam with lots of games and so I play one then play another and another then I go to start a game (It isn't the same game) and the computer resets and does its thing. I have made sure all my drivers are up to date as I have heard that that can be the problem. Does anyone now of a fix or has this happened to you? Thanks

A:Computer crashing after playing a few games and then start

Originally Posted by Puffader

I'm new here don't know if this is the right forum to post in. I recently installed Windows 8 64 bit from Windows 7 32 bit. I never had any problems really with the windows 7 32 bit but since upgrading to Windows 8 64 bit I am having this odd problem. I am a gamer, I have Steam with lots of games and so I play one then play another and another then I go to start a game (It isn't the same game) and the computer resets and does its thing. I have made sure all my drivers are up to date as I have heard that that can be the problem. Does anyone now of a fix or has this happened to you? Thanks

Perhaps your architecture didn't modify during the upgrade. Games designed for 64bit architecture won't run on 32bit architecture.

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My tower is barley a month old and is already having carshing and restarting issues when im playing games basicly I can be playing a game for like 10 mins then it will crash and restart. As its such a new tower im guessing graphics card psu. Heres the whole tower http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials...rebones+Kit+w/+3+FREE+Games!+?productId=50872

im not sure of the graphics card as its borrowed I know its a Gforce of some description.

The game im playing is dirt showdown its a driving game.

I should add its a 2gb graphics card and the towers not over heating so my guess is psu

A:Computer crashing/restarting when playing games

Hi, You should find out what Graphic card you have, and download the correct driver for it.
A clue is that you say it crashes when playing games, but does it crash if you open 'Computer' screen, or say 'Notepad'?
If you just booted the pc and did nothing, just left it on the Desktop screen, would it crash then? ( No, I am guessing.)
So if you can uninstall your current graphic card driver, that's, 'Device manager' ,Look for 'Display adapters',
Click on the tiny arrow to the left of the word 'Display adapters'.
Right click on the name of your card.
Then, 'Properties', 'Driver' tab, 'uninstall driver'.
Reboot the pc, let Windows install a generic driver. (Just wait , it will happen and notify you near the taskbar.)
Go to the Nvidia website, choose 'Support', then 'Download drivers' then 'Option 2' Automatically detect card.
That should find the correct driver for your card.
If it does not, then in your 'Search for files and folders' box, type 'dxdiag'. In the display tab you will see the type of card you have. Go back to the Nvidia site and search for it manually. Get the correct version 32 or 64 bit.
If your problem is the wrong driver, it should now be fixed. If it's the PSU overheating, then you will need to upgrade it.
Hope this makes sense.

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I don't know what's wrong. One day I was playing fable and then I exited. I was going to take out my wc3 CD out of the CD drive because I was going to play it on my other comp, but it wouldn't open. So I resetted the comp and then the CD drive opened. Next thing I know playing fable again, the computer all of a sudden resetted by itself. Now when playing any games, the computer would crash. Sometimes just clicking links and such would make my computer crash.

An error message sometimes pops up at the start of windows. The message s STOP 0x000000EATHREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER. It says that it's a graphics issue, but I installed the most recent drivers and it still doesn't work. The last resort says to replace my video card, but I'd like to hope that there's another way. When it crashes the screen turns black for a few seconds, then resets or instead of turning black, the colors and pictures of what's on my screen would just get all messed up. After turning off the autoreboot under system failure, all the screen does is stay black now. My video card is an ATI RADEON 9600

Note: I've had this video card for 2 years already.

I don't know why this is happening =\, but here's my minidumps if it helps.

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Hello and welcome to Techspot.

All your minidumps crash at your video card drivers. They all have a bugcheck of EA.


A device driver problem has caused the system to pause indefinitely (hang). Typically, this is caused by a display driver waiting for the video hardware to enter an idle state. This might indicate a hardware problem with the video adapter, or a faulty video driver.

As you can see. This is either a problem with your video card drivers, or with the card itself.

If your card is overclocked, reset it to the defaults.

Try uninstalling, and reinstalling the drivers. Maybe try a different version of the drivers.

Check your card for overheating. Make sure any fan on the card is running properly, and that the heatsink isn`t full of dust.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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This has been a problem of mine since 2 years ago. At first, I didn't want to "try" to fix it because I thought it was just the load of spyware + regular computer usage. Then about a month ago, I attempted to fix it by just reformatting my computer and reinstalling everything. At first I thought this would work, but I notice it didn't. My computer specs are:

P4 2.2 GHz
GF4 Ti4600 128MB
1024 MB (2 x 512) PC2100 DDR RAM
Windows XP Pro w/ SP2

I know my computer is old and sucks. It's about 3.5 yrs old (at that time, it was top of the line!) and I don't plan to upgrade anytime soon... but maybe in the next 1-2 years. My problem is that whenever I play ANY video game (mostly 3D or graphics-intensive games), my computer will randomly restart SOMETIMES (not all of the time, but it happens frequently than coincidentally just a regular crash). It will usually do one of the following:

- Crash to desktop without notice
- Crash to desktop WITH notice (It is always a "memory corruption" type error)
- Computer restarts randomly in the middle of the game (I'll be playing and soon I will be saying wtf?)

After reformatting, the problem still exists. This restarting/crashing seems to happen more often with different games, too. The solutions I've tried include installing DIFFERENT graphics drivers to see if it's a driver problem, using a memory testing program to determine if my memory/RAM is failing, and last reinstalling the differen... Read more

A:Computer randomly crashing/restarting when playing games

Sounds like you have bad memory. Download memtest and run it.

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Hello everyone. It has to have been over a year since I came here looking for help because I rarely have problems that are like this. My computer is freezing while playing games (low-end ones at that!). And sorry in advance for killing dial up users with my huge post!

Ok so here's the simple form of it:
1. I've checked for Malware of any kind first: none. Spybot search and destroy, ad-aware, and I use ccleaner(I recomend this program as an experienced PC user) for general stuff.
2. I disabled all uneeded applications(shouldn't have mattered, but still...) before running any games. Left only my wireless software and sound driver program.
3. I downloaded a temperature monitor for my hardware that acessed the built in stuff: all seems good as far as I can find the info for. My main concern was the CPU, that's clear for sure at 50dC.
4. I updated Windows with everything they had; minus the useless stuff, eg: sim card reader and Windows media player(<3 Winamp Pro.)
5. I updated my video card driver and installed Catylyst, which was my main reason for updating Windows(for .net framework updates).

Stuff I already tried to do:
1. Reinstall the below listed games that I've been using and/or testing my fixes with.
2. Notice a degredation issue with continued gameplay: nope. The amount of time before freezing seems to be random as it has been after 2 seconds once, and other times after a half hour or more(or sometime to my pleasure, not at all .)
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A:Solved: My computer started randomly crashing while playing games... >.<

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Since I purchased my computer two years ago, I've been having problems with the occasional crash when playing games. Over the past couple of months, the problem has been getting a lot worse, and my computer will crash/hang constantly when playing anything, including WOW, Rome: Total War, and Civilization IV. In addition to that, watching videos online, as well as on Windows Media Player also can result in crashes. I've even experienced full hangs when opening Microsoft Word or burning a DVD.

I've done a full MEMTEST and it found no errors. In addition to that, I believe my video and sound drivers are fully updated, and I've even tried plugging in a new graphic's card with no success. I have also cleaned out the dust from the inside of my computer. When I first experienced this problem, I formatted my computer and reinstalled everything, which also did not help solve my problem.

I have a
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU
[email protected]
2GB of Ram
Video Card: Radeon X800 XT
Sound: SoundMAX Intergrated Digital HD Audio

Thanks for any help that you can give me.

A:Computer crashing/hanging when playing games and watching videos.

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When I first got my computer, it worked just fine, I played all my games such as Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 and WoW on the fullest settings without a problem. Then a few months later it began restarting after anywhere between 30 mins to 1hour+ of playing. I called the makers of my computer, we tried to see if it was overheating but it wasnt, I also tested the videocards, it wasnt that either. Then, out of nowhere it fixed itself for a few months, then out of nowhere it happened again. I restored my computer to an earlier time and it worked for a few days and now it's restarting again.

Could this be a Vista problem? I had a friend who said he had the same problem with his new comp but he upgraded to windows 7 and it has yet to restart... I have no idea, any sort of help would be much appreciated...


A:Computer randomly restarts when playing games... vista problem? Idk.

Have you tried to run sfc /scannow see System Files - SFC Command for more details

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For a while now i had a problem with my computer crashing when i play moderately computer intensive game. Games like Euro truck sim will make my computer turn off/ crash in a matter of minutes while far cry 4 cant get passed the loading screen except for the first time i played and that time it only lasted 20 mins. This power supply however works most of the time no problem. Its an 850w so power consumption shouldn't be the problem. it may be worth noting i just got a new gpu (gtx 970 used to have a 550ti). Thanks!
Power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-182-072

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my pc has been broken sinse i got it, really all it dos is crash when i play a demanding game like anarchy online or half-life2
but when playing small games like cs its fine..
but its been months and i still havnt been able to play all my kickass games because of this and now i wana try out warcraft i got a BIG feeling its gona do the same, so i just need some help to make sure what is wrong with my pc here...

i have a high quality pc : 3.0 ghz processor, 1gig ram, 3d hercules prophet 9800 XT classic 256mb, 2 dvd drives, 19 inch flat screen so on so on..

but i have a 300watt powersupply

can somone tell me, with this hardware and playing a power demanding game is my power supply not good enough for it?

i also got a motherboard which aparrantly is making my fan speed to slow but that seems to be the only problem with that..
what u guys think?

A:major crashing problem when playing power demanding games

Your psu is the weak link in your system.

Go HERE and use this handy psu wattage calculator.

Also take a look HERE for info on which psu to buy and not buy.

Regards Howard :grinthumb

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So, my computer is crashing while I play games like Left 4 Dead or Bad Company 2. When it crashes, sound starts looping and I get a black screen and there might be somekind of corruption on the screen. Black screen stays there for some time (5-10 secs, not sure about the exact time) and then the computer reboots. After I boot back in to Windows, a window pops-up telling that Windows has recovered from bluescreen but I didn't see any bluescreen coming up.

I figured it might be something to do with heat but after I logged the temperatures, I'm not so sure about it anymore. At the moment of the crash, GPU was at 94?C and processor cores were at 66?C , 65?C , 67?C , 65?C so the temperatures seem to be fine.

I attached the most recent minidump in to this post.

How can I fix this?

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GPU at 94 degrees is really quite hot, not good to be running it at that temp. Probable cause.

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We have been having this issue for many months now. This time has included a trip to our computer shop (who were unable to fix it), and we thought we would come here for help as I have found these forums very helpful.
We are using a 2-in-1 PC. I have included the DxDiag file in the attachments, but here is the model with the specs:
Lenovo B520 23 inch Multi touch All-in-One Desktop PC (Intel Core i7 2600 3.4GHz, RAM 8GB, HDD 2TB, Blu-ray, Windows 7 Home Premium) - Black. It also has a GT555M
I regularly update the drivers from nvidia. However, on the games I play (Warface, World of Tanks etc (im very sad)), it always crashes after around 10 minutes of gaming. And all of these are played on the lowest settings possible.
Any ideas how to fix this problem?

A:2-in-1 Computer Crashing on all games

Hi. . .
Please run these instructions - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/576314/blue-screen-of-death-bsod-posting-instructions-windows-10-81-8-7-vista/
Regards. . .

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This is my first post on the website, and you all seem like a very friendly and helpful bunch.
My computer keeps crashing during games, and I have no idea why. I've tested the CPU, graphics card, and RAM but none of them seem to be at fault. All of my drivers are updated, and I reinstalled Windows to try to fix any potentially corrupted files.
I believe I need to provide you with a speccy report (http://speccy.piriform.com/results/zsVwXcse5MU1iZ5tLUzAynB) and some error logs (see below).
I hope that somebody is able to help, I bought my computer specifically for games, but they are nigh unplayable.
Thank you!
Application errors:
Error: (01/20/2015 02:42:05 PM) (Source: Application Error) (User: )
Description: Faulting application name: Empire.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x4b74239d
Faulting module name: unknown, version:, time stamp: 0x00000000
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x00000000
Faulting process id: 0x143c
Faulting application start time: 0xEmpire.exe0
Faulting application path: Empire.exe1
Faulting module path: Empire.exe2
Report Id: Empire.exe3
Error: (01/19/2015 04:39:49 PM) (Source: WinMgmt) (User: )
Description: //./root/CIMV2SELECT * FROM __InstanceModificationEvent WITHIN 60 WHERE TargetInstance ISA "Win32_Processor" AND TargetInstance.LoadPercentage > 990x80041003
Error: (01/19/2015 00:31:21 AM) (Source: Application Error) (User: )
Description: Faulting application na... Read more

A:Computer keeps crashing during games

When you say "Crashing during games" do you mean only the game crashes? Or the entire computer. Does it reboot? Do you see a blue screen of death?
Chances are that your hardware (video card) is dying. When the video card dies, it doesn't communicate properly with your driver, and causes your driver to crash. It's not a driver problem, it's a hardware problem. If this is a desktop computer, consider going to your computer store and buying a replacement video card that fits your computer. If it does not fix the problem, you can return the card if you kept your reciept.

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Hello, recently I have bought a whole new computer, and am experiencing some problems. i am playing games like Red Alert 3, Crysis, and UT3. And also many others. I'm wondering if you guys can shed some light on my problem?

While playing games i get a little 3 second freeze, then a black screen for about 2 secs. after that it goes back to normal. After 5 times of the game doing that, it crashes. My ATI continually does VPU recovery. But only in games.

I don't think its a hardware issue, Ive tried Memtest86, and no errors. Ive tried getting all the latest drivers and/or software. I have tried switching ports for my graphics card, and reseeded my ram. I don't think voltage is a problem, because I have a 585V power supply. Heating shouldn't be an issue. I'm running speed fan and the max any of the temps get is 45 degrees Celsius.

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CPU Properties:
CPU Type QuadCore AMD Phenom II X4 Black Edition 955, 3200 MHz (16 x 200)
CPU Alias Deneb
Instruction Set x86, x86-64, MMX, 3DNow!, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4A
Min / Max CPU Multiplier 5.0x / 31.5x
Engineering Sample No
L1 Code Cache 64 KB per core
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A:New computer crashing during games

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Your power supply specs should be listed similar to this: [email protected], +5V25A, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Yes that is 12 v and it is a fine power supply, i'm pretty sure you didn't read your power supply specs properly, can you name the make and model?

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My system is...

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (754)
ABIT K8Ultra V Pro VIA K8T800
Nvidia 6600GT
1024 meg Giel (400) Preformance Ram
2x Seagate 120gig SATA-150 HDD's
Thermaltake 420W PS

I have only tried 3 games since getting the computer - Call of Duty, GTA Vice City, and BFV...all crash.

On COD and GTA the computer crashes in game, BFV crashes at the Main Menu...I have a AOC 19" CRT Monitor if that matters...now for the funny bit...the lights for the PC are still on, yet the Monitor light goes Yellow and the Keyboard lights go out... It does run fine on the Desktop though...

I have to turn it off as restart doesn't work...please help guys...


A:My Computer is crashing during games, please help

Alright, well there are a couple things you can try, and another thing if you have the parts around to use.

First, make sure you have the latest drivers, available at nvidia.com.

Download and run SpeedFan and make sure you're CPU isn't overheating.

If you have another video card laying around, you could try it in the computer, just to make sure it isn't your video card.

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a couple of days ago my computer crashed whilst playing on a game i thought it was only minor and wouldnt happen again but the past day or so it has been crashing quite often whilst playing on games which is annoying. I tried cleaning my computer because the fans were a bit dusty so i thought my computer might of been oer heating but after cleaning the computer it just carried on crashing and i hae now ran out of ideas what might be the problem do any of you guys hae any ideas?

A:computer crashing on games

post your system specs
including the details from the label on the power supply
post the tempreture and voltages from this

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So a few months ago, I had a problem where my computer would crash after 30 minutes to an hour of game playing (not terribly graphically strenuous games either). Periodically the screen would go black, and say that there was no signal, so I decided to monitor the problem with speedfan to rule out heating. The highest I ever saw was 75C for either the GPU or the CPU, which is not a shutdown temperature, I don't think. Eventually, one time when the computer tried this nice little trick, instead of irreparably crashing (and forcing me to restart the computer) it just blinked and informed that it it recovered from a driver failure. The computer ran without problems for a month or two, but recently began acting up again. I have since updated my graphics card drivers, and nothing has changed. Any Ideas?
ASUS M5A88-V EVO AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W 8-Core Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOX
EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Rosewill Xtreme Series RX750-S-B 750W Continuous @40°C ,80 PLUS Bronze Certified, ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91, SLI Ready CrossFire Ready, Active PFC Compatible with Core i7, i5 Power Supply
Thanks in advance!
EDIT: It seems that it is not just stopping signal output, the computer is shutting down, but fans and psu light stay on. See my next post for more details as to why I say ... Read more

A:Computer Crashing during Games

Are you getting a blue screen with the crashes? And please publish a snapshot of your system with speccyhttp://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/323892/publish-a-snapshot-using-speccy/
Follow that tutorial

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when I try and play some games on my computer all of a sudden my screen will go black, my computer will Make a strange noise and it will appear monitor going asleep. All this happens while the computer is sill powered on... Any solutions ?

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My computer has crashed today for the second time in the past couple of days. The first time, I was playing Minecraft and the whole computer froze and a freezing sound played through the speakers. I had to manually shut down the computer by pressing the power button. When I turned the computer back on, it froze at the fist BIOS menu and I had to hold down the boot menu key to even get into Windows. When I finally got Windows on, it froze on the loading screen. Eventually, I turned the computer off for a while and it miraculously worked. Today, I was playing Civ. 4 and the same thing happened. Now, I Don't know what to do. My computer cannot get into Windows because it freezes at the loading screen. The Graphics card's fan is spinning and so is the cpu, but I'm really thinking this is a hardware issue. Does anyone have any idea what the problem could be?

A:Computer Crashing During Games

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Hey what's up people? I have been having a serious problem with my pc since I built it. I have a AMD 64 Abit 3000hz processor with 1 gig of ram and a 60 gig hard drive and a geforce 5200fx video card to put it briefly. I for some odd reason cannot play Rome:total war, age of mythology, or empire earth. But I can play age of empires and stronghold. Everytime I try to play the better games my computer crashes to the blue screen but runs just fine on age of empires and stronghold. I've try registry mechanic, reinstalling the games, and updating the drivers and it still does the same thing. Can someone please help me, I dying to play my new games but I can't?


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I'm at my wits end. My computer is is fully shutting down with no warning during some games. Simple games Like Dota 2 or bastion I have no trouble playing(most of the time). While games like Planetside 2 or Skyrim crash within 5-10minutes. (interesting side note on Skyrim is the more mods I installed, the faster it crashed).

My computer.
- i5 2500K quad core sandy bridge
- 8Gb DDR3 ram
- XFX AMD HD 7970 (1GB ram)
- 750Watt power source

To get some questions out of the way. Yes I've checked all my temps, never over 50-60C on my GPU and CPU and . I even went so far as to replace the thermal paste on my CPU. I have the above the recommended hardware for the games.

Any help what so ever will be greatly appreciated.

A:Computer crashing on only some games

So the computer works okay when not playing any games?

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First here is my basic setup:
Asus A7v333 Motherboard
Athlon XP 2100+
GeForce 4 TI 4200
1.5 gigs of Crucial xms PC2700 (3x512)
Windows XP Pro

This has been something that has been off and on but lately has gotten much worse. Basically, when I try to load a game, I lose video. Monitor light turns orange. Once that happens, my computer won't boot. It turns on but there is no video. If I let it sit, usually overnight, it will boot again, but crash the same way when windows loads. I have to reboot it, enter safe mode and remove the NVIDIA drivers. Then I can boot as much as I want. Once I reinstall the drivers, it gets crazy again. I have tried different versions of Forceware but am currently trying the latest. I should also mention that once the computer finally boots after sitting for a while, it will dump me into the bios with a warning about the frequency settings and multiplier of my cpu. I am not overclocking and have never tried to. I just have them set to auto detect and the speed is correct, 1.7 ghz. I tried a fresh format over the weekend and it ran solid and stable until I tried to run games.

I have tried a different TI4200 and the same thing happens. It was working fine until about 3 weeks ago. Now it is horrible. I didn't add anything new to the system and didn't install any new or different software. I have no idea what is going on. All I can think is maybe the motherboard is just shot. Any advice would be very helpful. Thanks
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A:Computer crashing in games

Welcome to Techspot!
Try the Asus website for a BIOS update.Read the version's notes to see if anything relates to your hardware/software.It's always best to flash only if there is a direct issue.

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Whenever I try to run certain games, so far I have had trouble with Gunbound, Rakion, SilkRoad, and LineageII, my computer programs just crash. With some games it is only Windows Explorer that crashes, and most of my programs need to be restarted (any other games that are going, xfire, winamp, firefox if it's open.)
I have had this problem for months now, and have just been trying to get around it, but constantly having to uninstall new games that I want to play is getting incedibly annoying and inconvenient. It may or not be virus related, but I do have multiple scanning programs as well as a MacAfee firewall and scanning set running at most times (it deactivates at some points for no real reason.)

Anyone have a clue what is going on here or how I can fix it?
Thanks in advance,

A:Computer Crashing When "certain" Games Run

I've heard similars stories when people dont have enough RAM. How much RAM do you have? (To check your ram simply right-click My Computer and click properties.

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I built my first PC last January and it runs great and even though it is almost a year old it is still pretty impressive.

A few months ago while playing Left 4 Dead my computer would get a blue screen and crash (this didn't happen very often).

However, now that I have been playing Skyrim it has been crashing a lot. At first I got really worried and thought it was a hardware failure of some kind (GPU), but I ran who crashed and it turns out there is a third party driver that has been making my computer crash and not a hardware problem.

The thing that was making me crash was: hal.dll (hal+0x12A3B) and with help it was identified that this was an AMD catalyst issue. I was told to uninstall the AMD catalyst completely and reinstall it. When I went to add or remove programs and clicked on it there was no option to uninstall, only Change or repair. I selected change and then got an option to uninstall. I did this and rebooted, but it was still in the program list for some reason. I then downloaded and installed the latest AMD Catalyst Driver for my GPU and started playing Skyrim again. It looked like everything had worked fine, but then after about 45 minutes it crashed again.

I ran who crashed yet again and it wasn't hal.dll (hal+0x12A3B), but instead ntoskrnl.exe (nt+0x7FD00). Here is the crash report:

On Sun 7/24/2011 4:15:20 AM GMT your computer crashed
crash dump file: C:\Windows\Minidump\072411-19032-01.dmp
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A:My computer keeps crashing while playing Skyrim...

Follow the instructions here> http://www.techsupportforum.com/foru...ta-452654.html That way we can get all the data needed.

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After i finished with the BSODs a new problem happened my computer was keeping crashing in everygame i was playing.When i was playing for like 2 hrs or even 10 mins a lag apears then my comp reboots with a black screen appearing.I took my computer to a repair service.It turned out to be something with the motherboard(not the motherboard itself).So i renew a piece from my motherboard.Then yesterday i was playing bioshock then i heard a sound like a Ptsssswuuu from my comp then for 2 mins everythng in my comp freezez i tried playing other games like skyrim nad mount and blade.At skyrim is the same but at mount and blade its something else it freezez for 1 minute after starting to play and then it works perfectly well perfectly after it loads everything because at the start everyman is bald.So i think that my computer new piece wont let my coputer rebot because I was hearing that sound with 2 secs before my comp resterted and now it freezez and my dad tell me its a softwere problem and i should reinstall my windows or geting mac because therer are not so many problems with mac.But i want a pro opinion so whats your opinion i should do?

comp specs: Windows 7 x64
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo CPU E 7500 @2.93 GHz
Audio:Relatek High Definition Audo
Ram: 4 GB
Motherboard:? i dont know

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A:Computer crashing when playing any game

Brand and Model of Computer?

Brand and Model of Monitor?

Brand and Model of Gaming keyboard, and Gaming Mouse?

Did you install the Radeon 5670 Graphics card, or did it come preinstsalled on the Computer?

What software came with your Computer? If more than one disk, provide titles of each disk.

How are you connected to the Internet? Brand and Model of Modem, Router?

List all the games you have installed on the HDD.

What else is connected to the computer? Printer, etc. Make a list and post it here.

Looking over your past history of reported issues on this site. I see you have an ongoing problem with BSODs. There is a driver issue, or software compatability issue.

You will need to reinstall the OS to factory state. But, before you do this. Answer (ALL) the above questions and we will go from there.


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For the last 2-3 months my computer has been crashing. It started once or twice a week, wasn't a huge problem. but now it's around once or twice a day and it's very frustrating. It seems to only occur when I'm playing World of Warcraft. If I'm just watching a movie or browsing the net I have no problems.

This happens in 2 different ways.

1) Monitors go black, computer has crashed. the LED light on them is still BLUE just as if it were in use. Computer does not reboot, I have to manually press restart

2) Images on my monitors freeze up, the current sound being played is repeated over and over and over until I restart it.

I have the latest drivers, latest version if direct x. I really don't know whats going on I've never had problems like this in the past

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I am having a problem and it is just happening when i attempt to play certain online games like World of Warcraft, Counter Strike, and Planet Side. Have not tried with any other games. Pretty much I can actually get into the game and on my character, but about 20-30 seconds later the computer just freezes or runs amazing slow. I was able to alt tab and check my processes under alt+ctrl+delete and it showed my CPU usage at 100%. I am forced to manually reboot at this point. This problem has happened continuously when I try and play any of the games. I have tried rebooting, downloading the most up to date drivers for my video card, buying a brand new video card, and scan disk. I am not sure what else to try.

Also this new video card was working fine with the games until about 3 days ago, ran them perfectly for about 2-3 weeks. The video card I had before this one started giving me similar problems that is why i replaced it.

p.s. first time posting here so if anything im forgetting please let me know

A:Computer crashing when loading games

if your CPU usage is so high, there's more going on than just the video card... did you try defragmenting?

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Hey, new here posting out of desperation as I have been unable to use the might of google to solve this problem.

Originally I thought this was a problem with Fallout New vegas, after the game crashed, and every save I loaded started to crash about a few seconds in, no exceptions, however after updating my drivers running a virus check and reinstalling the game I still couldn't get anything to work.

Writing this off as a fallout problem I quickly found that any other game I attempt to run from L4D2, down to League of Legends is now suffering the same problem. Minimum system specs are all reached and I'm not sure how to proceed, any advice would be great.

A:Computer crashing on any attempt to run any games.

I had this problem with battlefield 2 also. Try running the game as administrator. To do this first right click the game on the desktop and choose properties, then check the box that says run as admin. Should work, if it doesn't then contact the support for the game and they should tell you. Hope that helped!

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Hi, Have come across this site whilst browsing for information on my computer problem and am hoping for some help and assistance.

I recently bought an alienware (3 months ago) to play the total war games and the sims 3. However, to my very VERY great dissappointment and distress, I am having problems with my games (especially shogun 2 total war) crashing. I have 24 pages of windows action centre error logs recorded on a word document.

dxdiag can be provided.

For information purposes I have posted below the last 3 crash reports - see end of thread.

The most persistant crashes by far appear to be the mss32.dll crash, which I have tried a number of methods to resolve, including reinstalling the file. But without knowing exactly what this file does or how it is causing problems, I am at a loss.

Most of the crashes I recieve have the following exception code: c0000005

I am now very desperate in my attempt to get this issue resolved and don't know what else to do. I have already recieved and tested a replacement graphics card but problem still persists.

Current system info (basic)

Windows 7 64 bit home premium
intel i7 3820 3.6ghz
16GB RAM @ 1600mhz
1tb HDD - standard 7200rpm as far as I am aware
currently using onboard sound (realtek HD Audio) as I thought that maybe the problems were caused by my creative soundblaster XFI Titanium - I am hoping to reinstall this card in future
Nvidia 680GTX 2GB graphics card with driver version 306.97 WHQL

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A:please please help, new computer frequently crashing with games

Hello totalcrash, seem your other post as well, in another thread.

Better you post it as per Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions.

And, in the mean time, do it:
Download and install Driver Fusion.
Reboot the computer in Advanced Boot Options, safe mode. Search Driver Fusion in your start menu, and remove all components of your nVidia display driver.
Boot normally now. Go to Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers, Drivers > Beta and Legacy; search there with your cards particulars for GeForce 306.23 Driver, dated 13.9.2012 and install it.
Coz the version that you are using is problematic. I did the same myself, too.

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My wife's computer has been crashing in games for about a year and a half. She doesn't play a ton of different games, but most of them crash. The one game that didn't crash was Project 1999 (which is Everquest from 2000-2001 era). So that's really old and probably doesn't push the computer very hard.

Her machine has experienced two kinds of crashes. The first is the game freezing accompanied by the Windows message saying "<game.exe> has stopped working." and it gives the option to check online for a solution or close the program. The second is the screen going black, but the sound continues (neither of us can remember if it loops or just continues as if the game were still running). It is essentially frozen for a minute or two, then it's possible to use task manager to end process on the game.

Oh yeah. One more detail. When she plays CivV, if she plays in DX9, it doesn't crash. If she plays in DX11, it does crash. I've checked and DX is up to date and correctly installed. The crashes occur at fairly random times. Sometimes she can play for a longish time (an hour or so) before it crashes the first time. Sometimes the crash happens within 30 seconds from starting the game.

In trying to figure out the problem, I've done clean installs of Windows 7 (more than once). I've even replaced every piece of hardware on the computer except for the mouse and monitor. Every piece. I've run MemTest386 and it never finds errors. I've checked temperatures a... Read more

A:Wife's computer crashing in games

(I also have the 64-bit DXDiag if that will help, but won't post it here now to save space.):

System Information
Time of this report: 11/30/2015, 11:40:50
Machine name: SCOOTER-PUTER
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.150928-1507)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: System Product Name
BIOS: BIOS Date: 09/06/13 00:47:34 Ver: 21.05
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3570K CPU @ 3.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8136MB RAM
Page File: 3215MB used, 13055MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode

DxDiag Notes
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.

DirectX Debug Levels
Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

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Well this sucks, I just wrote this out like 5min ago and I pressed preview and then never submitted, lol, and then exited out of my browser. GG! Ok, re-typing it all...

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 2.66GHz [email protected] 3.2GHz Watercooled
2GB Corsair Dominators
2x nVidia GeForce 8800GTX OC2
XFX nVidia nForce 750i SLI
Thermaltake Toughpower 850W
Wester Digital 160GB HDD
Windows XP Home Edition

So, just so you know when you are reading this I am A+, Security+, and Network+ Certified. So I got the background knowledge and the experience. Now, please before jumping to conclusions on what you think the problem is and immediately responding, read what I've tried, you might be just as stumped as I am.

In a nutshell, computer crashes while playing World of Warcraft or Starcraft II. The details behind it involve the computer freezing up completely OR the screen shutting off, thus forcing me to hard restart. It will happen approx. after 3-4 hours of playing either game. I have played Flight Simulator X for hours and nothing has happened. Never froze or anything. At this time I do not really play another other games. I did play Mass Effect 2 for hours and never had anything but that was awhile ago. What I have tried is listed below, its a long one.

- I've already replaced the motherboard.
- I have gone through ATLEAST 6 new graphics cards. I run SLi 8800GTX's. I originally ran 8800GTS 640MB OC2's but they decided to blow up, so I got 2 new ones from BFG Tech. These as w... Read more

A:Help! Computer crashing in games, been going on for years!

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I know my PC isn't overheating and I am pretty sure it is a driver issue, will someone please help before I go insane.

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My computer ran perfectly fine until a few days ago, now whenever it starts up a game the computer will immediately crash. No blue screen, no extended crash of any type, just off. Temperature does not appear to spike before the crash, but there is not much time for speccy to update. Windows does not file any crash reports.

Built computer myself.

Operating Windows 7 Ultimate

AMD Phenom X4 9650 Quad Core Processor HD9650WCGHBOX - 2.30GHz, 4MB Cache, 1800MHz (3600 MT/s) FSB, Agena, Quad-Core, Retail, Socket AM2+

MSI K9N2 Diamond Motherboard - NVIDIA nForce 780a SLI, Socket AM2+/AM2, ATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, Dual Gigabit LAN, USB 2.0, Firewire, eSATA, RAID, HDMI support

Transcend JM800QLU-2G 2GB Memory Module - PC6400, DDR2, 800MHZ, DIMM

Graphics Card:
1280MB GDDR5 Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 HD

Zalman 128 GB

Power Supply:
Cannot find sticker, very literally nothing written on 5/6 sides, the only side i can't see is the side against the top of the case. I bought this power supply when I upgraded my graphics card a year or two ago. I believe it is 950 watts. Bought it at frys, no online order history to check, can't find a box anywhere in my house.

A:Computer crashing upon loading games.

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when i play games on vista my computer crashes and i meet the requirements for the games i play i am wondering on how to fix this?

A:how to run games on vista without crashing computer


Can you please tell us what games you are trying to play. What do you mean by your computer crashes? Do you get a Blue Screen of Death. If you do, can you please zip up and upload the contents of the C:\Windows\Minidump folder so that I can analyse it for you?

In the mean time, make sure all your games are fully updated. Update all your drivers, in particular your graphics card driver.



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In the last 24 hours my system has started consistently locking up and shutting down about 60 seconds into playing fallout 4. I have never had quite a significant crash while playing any other game. The game had been working fine up until this point. I have installed new graphics drivers, I uninstalled virtu MVP, and I cleaned the inside of the tower and checked the wiring. None of these have resolved the issue. If anyone could help me I would be very grateful.
Heres my speccy link: http://speccy.piriform.com/results/2ZxBJzfg3yk0VM2sDAuFGh8
And this is the whocrashed report for the entire computers history.
Crash dump directory: C:\Windows\Minidump
Crash dumps are enabled on your computer.On Sun 11/15/2015 10:23:44 PM GMT your computer crashed
crash dump file: C:\Windows\Minidump\111515-28470-01.dmp
This was probably caused by the following module: virtuwddm.sys (VirtuWDDM+0x867C)
Bugcheck code: 0x116 (0xFFFFFA800FA194E0, 0xFFFFF88000E7B67C, 0xFFFFFFFFC000009A, 0x4)
Bug check description: This indicates that an attempt to reset the display driver and recover from a timeout failed.
A third party driver was identified as the probable root cause of this system error. It is suggested you look for an update for the following driver: virtuwddm.sys .
Google query: virtuwddm.sys VIDEO_TDR_ERROROn Sun 11/15/2015 10:23:44 PM GMT your computer crashed
crash dump file: C:\Windows\memory.dmp
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A:Computer crashing/shutting down while playing fallout 4.

I hope these load correctly. Sorry for not including them in the original message.

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i have a Radeon x1650 videocard, Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.20GHz, 3,070MB RAM.
Whenever i try to play a game it crashes like 5-10 minutes in, i can play half-life without problems though. i just need some help because its really starting to annoy me.

A:Computer crashs when playing games

sounds like overheating to me, have you opened the case periodically to make sure the fans are clear of dust ( and also check to make sure they work).

how many watts is your power supply, I was reading this link about your card and it uses up to 160 watts at peak, so it can certainly affect the PSU,,, try running with case off and even with a fan directed at it to see if you can play longer, with that helps it then it is a heat issue, if it doesn't I'd be concerned about power.

* I'm not exactly sure is a PSU will reset like that or if they normally just burn out

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