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Graphics Card Crashing During Games

Graphics Card crashing during games.

OK my computer is a little old, However it's still working fine on the internet playing YouTube etc. However yesterday I Just yesterday I downloaded Arma 2 and starting playing it all good! Until today I loaded it up hoping to play it again but then the game(graphics card crashed) So I fitted an extra fan to the PC hoping it would maybe cool it down if it was overheating,This worked for about 2-1/2 hours however then It still crashed. The crash we are talking about is: squares just cover the screen then it No Signals and turns back on with a message saying "Graphics card stopped working and recovered itself" so i restart the game and about 10-20 minutes later it does it again.. I can't seem to get a good long session without it crashing. Here are some stats Of my computer. 2GB Ram is old but should be OK because I am playing on the low graphics, this shouldn't make the game crash. I also gave it a dusting.

ATI Radeon 3600 series(Idle Temp - 41c)
Gaming temp - 51-2c)


Power Supply: ThermalTake 675w
Pentium Dual Core E6300 2.8GHz
2GB RAM
1.4 TB Hardrive.
Windows 7
Gigabyte Motherboard


If there is a solution out there please provide it. I am upgrading to a decent PC soon but for now is there a way I can play smoothly?I want to try and do this without spending money because I am saving for the new PC.

Thanks in advance

George.
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  1. i'm sorta impressed you can get a 3600 series gpu to play Arma 2

    Looks like temps, you might want to back off whatever overclock you have on the chip... or downclock it. that might help the temps a bit.
  2. ingtar33 said:
    i'm sorta impressed you can get a 3600 series gpu to play Arma 2

    Looks like temps, you might want to back off whatever overclock you have on the chip... or downclock it. that might help the temps a bit.
    How would I do this? Thanks.
  3. In my experience A game can crash when a card is being pushed to hard, or just lacks the general power for the application. Install the latest drivers, and downclock as ingtar33 said.


    Here is a link to some good Overclocking software, Simply pull the clock speeds down instead of up, there will be a tut on there somewhere.
    any more problems come back
  4. marsay001 said:
    In my experience A game can crash when a card is being pushed to hard, or just lacks the general power for the application. Install the latest drivers, and downclock as ingtar33 said.


    Here is a link to some good Overclocking software, Simply pull the clock speeds down instead of up, there will be a tut on there somewhere.
    any more problems come back
    Thanks for this! However you didn't post the link!
  5. Best answer
    Haha, apologies!

    here it is - http://www.techpowerup.com/atitool/

    this is a program I have always used, another one is ati tray tools.
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