Computer freezes when playing games after a while.

Hi everyone. I have a problem. The computer has worked fine until some days ago and I have owned this computer since summer 2005. The problem is when I play a game like Doom 3 or Serious Sam 2 for a while the computer suddenly freezes and the sound starts looping, and after 3-4 seconds the monitor goes black. After that I have to restart the computer by the resetbutton :cry:

I have the latest graphicdrivers, the latest sounddrivers and are running Windows XP SP2. I have reinstalled the Windows, I have runned memtest without any errors. The motherboard temp is around 34C and the processor around 39C.

My computer is an AMD Athlon64 3500+, Asus A8N-E, 2gb RAM, Sapphire Radeon X800XL 256mb Ultimate and SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS.

Please help!
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  1. What temps is your video card going to? How much watts does your PSU pump out?
  2. Sounds like a faulty gfx card. I had a faulty X800 GTO which did nearly the same thing on HL2, on FarCry it would go to a blank blue screen with random in-game sounds playing, before resetting, and on UT2004, a part of the landscape would be rendered wrong (a patch of green for a texture) before resetting. Ended up having to wait to get enough to build my new system before i could start gaming again.
  3. Thanks for your answers! My PSU is around 550W and the temp of the graphiccard, where can I see that? It doesnt show anything in Catalyst Control Center. Maybe its the graphiccard then that goes to warm or just got faulty after these months? Cant it be the motherboard chipset that gets to warm or something?
  4. Your PSU isn`t Problem , I Belive The Problem Is The Graphic Card Temp :twisted:
  5. Where can I see the temp?
  6. You might be able to access this from the driver, otherwise you can use a tool like Rivatuner to graph the power and log it.
  7. I installed ATi Tool, the graphiccard temp is average at 55C and max was about 61C. I played for about an hour and nothing happened. Doom 3 was freezing for about 2 sec with looping sound but no black screen, instead the screen got black for a about 0,1 sec and then I could play again. Can it be the games who gets spooky sometimes? Because in CS Source this have never happened. Maybe its VPU Recover that doesnt function properly sometimes?
  8. i had the same problem on my 9600pro pos brand, after gaming in cs1.6 it would look sound and crash, i duno what it was... i got a slot cooler and it stopped, since urs is 61 max i dun think it is the same thing... but u could give it a shot...other than that the card may have just gone bad
  9. Yeah :?
  10. I've had 2 radeon cards and both went bad fairly quick. I am not a fan of radeon whatsoever. In fact, I'll never buy another radeon no matter how good the best x1900 is. Since I got a geforce I haven't had one compatibility probem, it's been as solid as it could be. In fact, I still have a 32 mb POS card that works, yet my radeon 9000 (which was awesome at the time) went out in 6 months.
  11. In the house we have four Radeon cards running, a Radeon 9600XT 256mb, a Radeon 9500 Pro 128mb, a Radeon X1800XT 512mb and mine Radeon X800XL 256mb. And those have worked fine all the time. Except mine, but I dont think its broken, I think its something else because almost all other games works fine!
  12. Uninstall/reinstall/regclean/etc?
  13. I have already reinstalled the Windows.
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