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July 8, 2013 9:48:08 AM

Hello. So, firstly, here's my specs: CPU: Intel Q6600, 4GB Ram, Geforce 8600GT, Asus P5K motherboard. The problem i have is that my computer keeps freezing randomly while playing video games, sometimes after 2 minutes and sometimes i can play all day without freezing. When it freezes, the sound coming from the game starts looping while skype continues to work perfectly, but the only thing i can do is restart the pc. Sometimes, instead of freezing, i get the message that the "Display driver stopped working and has recovered." It may be worth to mention that a few years ago i had problems with my graphics card overheating, sometimes going to 100C and restarting, and i fixed this with a cooler on it, now it stays constantly at no more than 60C. This was while i had Windows XP, but now i'm running Windows 7 64bit. This type of freezing didn't occur while having XP, but i don't know if it's because of the OS. Before i installed 64bit version i had 32bit, and then i kept getting BSODs instead of freezes, but i think that was because of a faulty installation. I don't know what else to mention. Can anyone help me find out if i need another graphics card or something else or if i could fix it somehow?

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July 8, 2013 9:52:07 AM

Make sure you have the current drivers for the system.
Also, check your Windows 7 Event logs and see what it says.
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July 8, 2013 9:55:06 AM

turn off windows auto updates and auto driver updates.

uninstall the graphics drivers. reboot. reinstall the graphics driver but do a custom install. only install the graphics driver. no HDMI sound, no physx, no nothing.

turn OFF skype.
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July 8, 2013 10:20:24 AM

The drivers are up to date and when i installed the video driver i only selected the driver and ticked the fresh installation box. The event log shows more or less nothing interesting. The only things related to the freeze are just notifications that the reboot was unexpected.
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July 8, 2013 10:29:16 AM

did you try what I suggested?
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July 8, 2013 10:46:58 AM

Yes, i did. I'm kinda inclined to say it's a hardware problem not a software one but i have no means to test if my graphics card is faulty because i don't have a secondary pc. Is there a way to find for sure?
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July 8, 2013 10:48:43 AM

I suggest running memtest86.
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July 8, 2013 10:54:11 AM

I use to crossfire a radeon 5770 and a 6770, and one day that same problem happened to me; random freezes and the message about display driver not being able to recover. Problem continued to occur with just the 6770 in there, but not with just the 5770. I ended up just buying a stronger single card and has been fine for almost 2 years now.

I would look into replacing you GPU.
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July 8, 2013 11:35:09 AM

I have run into the same problem before as well.
It was, at the time, the Win 7 (Or vista) drivers for the soundblaster card actually causing the problem. Took forever to nail down though. Just having the card plugged in caused the reboots/freezes till Creative Labs made a working driver for that architecture.
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July 8, 2013 3:37:35 PM

I would replace that card with something that will run dx11.
The 8600gt is barely able to run games, and it sounds like the ram is insufficient or faulty or both. You can get gts450's on scan for £50 iifyour in the u.k. This card is about 3 times more powerful than your old one, and much more suited to your ststem power. They also have refurbed gtx460's for 70 quid.
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