I have a particularly infuriating problem with my graphics card. During gameplay (Half Life 2, Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow, Silent Storm and even google earth!) my machine locks up temporarily (usually for about 15 secs) and the sound becomes corrupted. Sometimes it even happens consecutively.
I have a Geforce 7600GT OC from bfgtech. Their support people initially told me the problem was related to an insufficient power supply. I have since upgraded the system to a 600W unit which has two 12v rails, each supplying 19A. The problem has persisted. Any thoughts?
The rest of my system is as follows:
AMD Athlon 64 3200+
Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9 Socket 939 Motherboard
Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm, SATA 150 120Gb Harddrive
Sometimes when I played half-life 2, the sound and graphics locked up. Very annoying. I read on creative forums and steam forums that it could be a problem with soundcard drivers. I have a creative x-fi xtreme music.
I am in the UK too and I did admittedly buy the PSU from PC world after a bout of frustration with the two others that I tried. Would this really be the difference? Any suggestions be looking to get instead?
just a thought - would temporatily "underclocking" the graphics card be a worthwhile experiment, just in case the card was clocked too-optimistically? This is easy enough to try with Nvidia control panel (and appropriate patch to enable clocking changes).....
i'm by no means an expert so...when i say
what tha f*** is an IRQ?!?
IEEE 1394 is also known as firewire. which accordingly means that either you have the wrong info, or your grfx card is considered a firewire controller similar to a USB host controller.
i *think* that your mobo has an onboard firewire controller though i cant be bothered to find out...
on the underclocking thing, your card is suppose to use better components, the hand picked ones that are more durable then standard 7600s with better cooling as it uses a non standard heatsink.
If you are not using any firewire devices then you may as well disable it in BIOS, by the way what graphic drivers are you using I have found the 84.21 seem to work best for me, Oh and stop having a dig at PC World, their incompetence and over charging is keeping me in business.
of course you might want to get more info first and of course its at your own risk etc. etc.
just because it says overclock doesnt mean u cant underclock just thought i'd mention that.
but since it's so unstable, and messing around with the Nvidia BIOS might viod the worrenty, id mention this to them ask them if it will.
and also furter risk is that since your card seems to be really unstable, there is a chance that it might brick it when you are changing settings...
I suggest trying to run one of your games that locks up in a reduced window and run the task managerat the same time, if you can see what process is hogging your resources enough to cause you system to stall then you should be able to track down the problem driver or hardware.
Or you can start underclocking or removing things or buying new hardware....or using your fancy new CPU as a lawn dart.