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+++Mystery Problem(s) Playing Crysis®+++

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April 27, 2010 8:13:39 PM

Wondering if I can get some advice figuring out why my system is having issues attempting to play Crysis.


***Rig Specs:***

Cooler Master® Stacker 830 SE Full Tower Case [M/N: RC-830-KKR3-GP] with Real Power Pro 1000 Watt PSU

GIGABYTE® GA-P35-DS3L Rev.2.0 LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Motherboard

Intel® Quad Core Q6600 CPU Kentsfield Socket 775 LGA 65nm @ 2.40GHz [Stepping B, Revision G0]

OCZ® DDR2 PC-6400 800MHz Vista® Upgrade Edition RAM [2 x 2GB]

Western Digital® Raptor X® 10,000 RPM 150GB HD [OS]

SAMSUNG® Spinpoint® F3 HD502HJ 500GB [Storage]

EVGA® GeForce® 9800 GT 512MB [rev. A2]

SAMSUNG® SATA Black DVD Burner with LightScribe© [Version SB02]

MITSUMI® Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Digital Card Reader + Floppy Drive

2 x Scythe® "ULTRA KAZE" 120 x 38 mm Case Fan

4 x APEVIA® [M/N: CF12SL-UGN] 120mm Green LED Case Fan [Side Panel]

[8 TOTAL Case Fans]

Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition SP3 32-bit

19" SAMSUNG® SyncMaster® 906BW Wide Screen LCD Monitor [1440x900, 2000:1, 2MS RR]

17" Gateway® [M/N: EV730] CRT Monitor


I have a pretty strong rig. Before installing the 3-game combo of Crysis, Crysis Warhead & Crysis Wars, I've been playing with the official demo to make sure my system is fine. Everyone knows Crysis taxes even the most advanced configurations out there, but I've played a bunch of other graphic-intensive games [Halo, Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter, BioShock, Batman: Arkham Asylum, etc.] using the same PC without ANY issues.

Use to play the demo with a EVGA® 8800 GTS 320MB before I nuked my HD & upgraded to a EVGA® 9800 GT 512MB. There were some hiccups with the 8800 GTS, never a major meltdown. The settings have always been @ medium to high, anti-aliasing turned off. Now, using the supposedly superior 9800 GT, the demo doesn't get past the first 5 minutes of gameplay. It just locks up, before the on-screen image breaks apart & a reboot is required. :sweat: 

Only way to get out of it is by Ctrl+Alt+Delete [Task Manager]. Unlike with most games, the Windows key doesn't work. Soon after I get an error message saying that the display/GPU driver has stopped working/crashed as the screen resolution is set to something ridiculously low. I just installed the latest driver from NVIDIA [nvidia-forceware-ver197.45].

As the only game I'm really interested in playing, I've had to ran multiple stress tests [OCCT, PrimeCores, etc.] to get to the bottom of things. Have done so on my CPU, RAM, HD & new GPU. Even contacted EVGA support. The final conclusion seems to be that "everything is fine." There is proper cooling for the individual components & system, no over-heating, temps are where they should be, if not better than average, so everything is haläl [kosher] in Denmark.

So what's causing this issue? Has anybody else had this issue?

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

MZÄ
April 30, 2010 4:04:06 AM

mzadotcom said:
Wondering if I can get some advice figuring out why my system is having issues attempting to play Crysis.


***Rig Specs:***

Cooler Master® Stacker 830 SE Full Tower Case [M/N: RC-830-KKR3-GP] with Real Power Pro 1000 Watt PSU

GIGABYTE® GA-P35-DS3L Rev.2.0 LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Motherboard

Intel® Quad Core Q6600 CPU Kentsfield Socket 775 LGA 65nm @ 2.40GHz [Stepping B, Revision G0]

OCZ® DDR2 PC-6400 800MHz Vista® Upgrade Edition RAM [2 x 2GB]

Western Digital® Raptor X® 10,000 RPM 150GB HD [OS]

SAMSUNG® Spinpoint® F3 HD502HJ 500GB [Storage]

EVGA® GeForce® 9800 GT 512MB [rev. A2]

SAMSUNG® SATA Black DVD Burner with LightScribe© [Version SB02]

MITSUMI® Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Digital Card Reader + Floppy Drive

2 x Scythe® "ULTRA KAZE" 120 x 38 mm Case Fan

4 x APEVIA® [M/N: CF12SL-UGN] 120mm Green LED Case Fan [Side Panel]

[8 TOTAL Case Fans]

Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition SP3 32-bit

19" SAMSUNG® SyncMaster® 906BW Wide Screen LCD Monitor [1440x900, 2000:1, 2MS RR]

17" Gateway® [M/N: EV730] CRT Monitor


I have a pretty strong rig. Before installing the 3-game combo of Crysis, Crysis Warhead & Crysis Wars, I've been playing with the official demo to make sure my system is fine. Everyone knows Crysis taxes even the most advanced configurations out there, but I've played a bunch of other graphic-intensive games [Halo, Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter, BioShock, Batman: Arkham Asylum, etc.] using the same PC without ANY issues.

Use to play the demo with a EVGA® 8800 GTS 320MB before I nuked my HD & upgraded to a EVGA® 9800 GT 512MB. There were some hiccups with the 8800 GTS, never a major meltdown. The settings have always been @ medium to high, anti-aliasing turned off. Now, using the supposedly superior 9800 GT, the demo doesn't get past the first 5 minutes of gameplay. It just locks up, before the on-screen image breaks apart & a reboot is required. :sweat: 

Only way to get out of it is by Ctrl+Alt+Delete [Task Manager]. Unlike with most games, the Windows key doesn't work. Soon after I get an error message saying that the display/GPU driver has stopped working/crashed as the screen resolution is set to something ridiculously low. I just installed the latest driver from NVIDIA [nvidia-forceware-ver197.45].

As the only game I'm really interested in playing, I've had to ran multiple stress tests [OCCT, PrimeCores, etc.] to get to the bottom of things. Have done so on my CPU, RAM, HD & new GPU. Even contacted EVGA support. The final conclusion seems to be that "everything is fine." There is proper cooling for the individual components & system, no over-heating, temps are where they should be, if not better than average, so everything is haläl [kosher] in Denmark.

So what's causing this issue? Has anybody else had this issue?

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

MZÄ





Ok, I believe I've found the solution to my problem, so posting this if anyone else has the same issue.

I was using EVGA® Precision® [ver1.91] to overclock my 9800 GT 512MB GPU, nothing too drastic, mind you.

http://cid-8c94c03d3028bb29.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/@NPC%20-%20Images/100429%5E_EVGA-GPU-OC-Settings.JPG" alt="" class="imgLz frmImg " />

For some odd reason, giving the GPU *more* juice caused the graphic-intensive games I was wanting to play [Crysis®, F.E.A.R.2] to crash.

The solution: I reset the settings to default & voilà!, everything works like before.

Still don't understand why overclocking the GPU would cause games to crash :??: 
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April 30, 2010 7:10:18 AM

crysis hurts gpu' the first time my 8800gtx played it the capacitors squealed, if your OC was just on the good side of being stable i'd suspect that crysis would tip it over (a program shouldn't I know but...)
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April 30, 2010 7:31:16 AM

mzadotcom said:


Still don't understand why overclocking the GPU would cause games to crash :??: 



Overclocking pushes temperatures up as well, so that's another possibility.
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