What would cause this?

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  1. Slimmy

    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    What would cause this? (computer problem)

    Sometimes when I'm playing games, or even just browsing the web, my screen will get screwed up into a sort of a colored pixel checkerboard. It freezes everything if I'm in a game, no sound or anything continues, but the computer stays on. I have to power it down and wait a while then power it back on again. Sometimes, it doesn't even boot on the first few tries. I'm assuming it's a CPU problem, yet most of the time it works perfectly, and it's not overclocked or anything. Anything I should look into to fix it?
     
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    how old is the computer? what kinda cpu is it? speed? ram? video card? give some info here.
     
  3. Slimmy

    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    Looks like this:

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    Happens consistently now that I'm trying to play Call of Duty. :hs:

    XP1800+
    Ti4200
    512MB PC2100 DDR

    I'm pretty sure it's CPU-related since occasionally after it happens, it will boot into the BIOS and tell me that the speed of the CPU was improperly configured, only it's not.
     
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    TheDarkHorizon \xC0\xFF\xEE

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    Does your motherboard have a sensor for the CPU temperature? If it does, check what it is.
     
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    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    Yea, temps are fine, I rarely go above 43 degrees celsius.

    I just flashed the BIOS, going to see if that has any effect on it.
     
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    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    BIOS update made no difference, still got it. Call of Duty seems to exacerbate the problem, I can still play Halo fine without it happening.
     
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    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    Just played Halo for an hour with no problems. Fired up Call of Duty, played for about 2 minutes and it happened.

    I'm at a loss as to what could be causing this.
     
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    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    Damn problem won't let me play Call of Duty. :wtc:
     
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    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    Well, I switched from Omega drivers back to the latest Nvidia drivers, and then tried it again. It seemed to work fine, and I kept bumping up the resolution and detail level, until eventually it happened again. :hs:
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Maybe your Vid card temp is too high.
     
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    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    I suppose that's possible, but I have no way to check. :hs:
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Well, is the fan running at least?
     
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    is the card hot to touch?
     
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    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    Yea, the fan is running, and there's plenty of cooling and airflow in the case.

    It's warm, but not hot.

    I moved my NIC from the PCI slot next to my AGP slot cuz it was basically sitting right on top of the fan, so I'll see if that makes any difference.
     
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    did the game work b4? have u patched the game?

    what video card is it?
     
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    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    It's done it since I installed the game.

    However, I was having the same problem a week or two ago, when not playing games, just doing usual stuff, but that has since pretty much stopped, now it just does it when I try to play this particular game.

    It's a Ti4200 64mb.
     
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    Leb_CRX OT's resident terrorist

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    try cleaning the fan and maybe re-seating it...

    does your mobo have an onboard video card...try that, see if it still happens, if it does not, then we can pinpoint it to the video card, if it does, then the video card is in the clear..

    vote leb_crx for mod :eek3:
     
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    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    Doesn't have onboard video.
     
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    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    :mad: This is pissing me off.
     
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    Leb_CRX OT's resident terrorist

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    you got any friends with a pc? take their video card for a bit and try it out, see if the problem persists
     
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    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    Yea, I'll have to ask one of them I guess. :hs:
     
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    Leb_CRX OT's resident terrorist

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    actually you know what if you dont want to ask some friends, abuse the 30 day policy, go buy one, use it for a day, then return it... :hs: :hs: :hs:
     
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    oh ya and I like your avatar, I request full size pics :o
     
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