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Pigeon

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    Continuous crashes when playing games
    « on: November 09, 2008, 04:26:12 PM »
    I've searched the forums for similar problems, and didn't find anything.  Apologies if the answer does exist!

    Anytime I play a game the system locks up, and it happens anywhere from several hours to a few minutes after starting the game, including 3-D games that are 6 years old.  I have a few games I've never been able to play on this system because they'll hard crash the system before I even make it past their splash screens.

    Athlon XP 5200+ w/ liquid cooling
    2 GB RAM
    2x 233 GB hard drives in RAID 0
    1x 233 GB backup
    DVD/CD RW
    nVidia Geforce 9500GT 1GB (350 Watt, powered from motherboard and not directly from PS)
    Extra video card fan
    500 watt power supply
    Windows Vista SP1


    What I've tried so far:

    All drivers and bios current
    Complete format/reinstall
    replaced 400 watt, direct to PS geforce 8800 with the 350 watt 9500 (originally thought it was a power/heat issue.  System's definitely cooler with the new card, though)
    Added the video card case fan
    Chaning CPU affinity to 1 CPU core
    Changing system priority
    Changing program compatibility from Vista to XP

    Case thermometer consistently reads 27 C
    CPU running at 54 C (~20 less than maximum)
    8800 ran well below max temp, as does the current 9500

    I'm at my wits end... I bought the system to play games, but right now it's just a big paper weight.  Much obliged for any help you can provide!


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    Re: Continuous crashes when playing games
    « Reply #1 on: November 09, 2008, 07:00:14 PM »
    try using older versions of nForce drivers.
    I was trying to dereference Null Pointers before it was cool.

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    Re: Continuous crashes when playing games
    « Reply #2 on: November 09, 2008, 09:59:24 PM »
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    CPU running at 54 C
    Idle, or while gaming?

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    Re: Continuous crashes when playing games
    « Reply #3 on: November 10, 2008, 06:42:26 PM »
    try using older versions of nForce drivers.

    oops- I meant Forceware driver for graphics card, not motherboard drivers...
    I was trying to dereference Null Pointers before it was cool.

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      Re: Continuous crashes when playing games
      « Reply #4 on: November 10, 2008, 07:14:32 PM »
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      Idle, or while gaming?

      Only while gaming.  I ALT Tabbed to take measurements with SpeedFan 4.35.

      Current idle tem is 26 C