When running either Fritz 12 or Chessmasters Grandmaster Edition my system freezes.The HD indicator light turns off and all system functions halt. I cannot adjust the brightness, move mouse, ctrl alt del, or anything else. I am forced to hard restart the system.
The system freezes at the same event, for Fritz 12 the freeze occurs as soon as the game loads, and for Chessmaster after my first move.
I am running an ASUS G73-JH gaming rig that meets system requirements for both games. Drivers are up to date, as is Windows 7 updates.
Any idea what is causing my system to freeze? I am thinking it has to do with the chess engines/processor interaction, but that i only a guess.....
My first thoughts are an overheating issue, but an instant crash seem pretty fast to me if heat is the culprit. Does the PC crash when doing other CPU intensive tasks? Downloading and running Prime95 would be a good way to check. If the PC crashes when prime is run, then heat is the problem.