My family is known to have horrible luck with PCs, but this problem is so far the most elusive and annoying problem, and nobody seems to know what's going on! I've posted on several different forums, including this one at an earlier date, to no success.
Here's the problem...I recently got a brand new PC, and it's locking up while playing games, ANY games, oblivion, WoW, 3 year old games, doesn't matter.
Sometimes it will lock up then come back from the lockup with a "VPU Recovery has reset your Graphics Accelerator as it was no longer responding to graphics driver commands", other times it will just flat out restart the computer.
Nothing is overheating, it sometimes does it when the gpu temps are as low as mid 50c. I have un-installed and reinstalled drivers, completely wiped my computer and reinstalled everything.
I called the company I ordered the PC from and they thought it might be a faulty RAM, ran mem-test and it was all normal.
I have tried everything I can think of, the only thing i can think of now is to completely return the computer for a refund, and I really don't want to have to do that.
So please help me locate this annoyance.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo e6400
Mobo: Asus P5N-SLI
PSU: Antec Truepower 500w
GPU: ATI 1950xt
RAM: 2gb DDR2 800 dual channel memory
I had the exact same problem with my old fx-55, SLI 7900gtx's. Problem was the first batch or so of cards from BFG were overclocked from the factory a little to high. Sounds with a reasonable degree of probability that it is a defective graphic card. You can test for this by running your graphic card in a friends or computer shop's system, and see if it causes a freeze up. If so, you have solved the mystery(however, the test system must be sufficently fast as to stress the video card). Good luck.
I definitely think its a video card issue. See if you can borrow a vid card from a friend or an old used card from your local computer shop. Also there was a problem with ATI and the vpu recovery service. Try turning OFF the VPU recovery option and running your PC for a test.
Thanks for all the suggestions, hopefully one of them will work.
The reason I asked if it was an ATI card, before my 8800GTS I had a Radeon x1600Pro. That card worked FLAWLESSLY in all games until one of the Catylst releases this past summer. Once I installed it, I got those VPU recovers....EVERY TIME I played WOW or Black and White 2. The next revision it went back to working flawlessly again.
If it's an ATI, try a dffferent driver, even an OLDER driver and check it. It's not always a hardware problem when it comes to ATI. They put out some really flakey drivers every third moon or so.
Hey Dude if you tried the new driver and the problem is still there then plz and i am saying it again plz change the graphics card and get a new one ... or if you can then..plz try to install the grapgics card on another pc..if it stutter again then you can be sure of it...whrs the problem..
Stick to the certified lists above, and you'll make the perfect choice, first time, every time.
If not go one level (+41.43%) higher wattage than you think you need, it'll last you through more upgrades and reduce chances of problems when the PSU is 3+ years old.
Q3 2007: Personal estimates are around 880 watts for high end configurations, and beyond that we'll get more efficient but hopefully not need more than 880 watts per PSU. (Environmental factors, most outlets only let you use 1600 - 2400 watts max, and you want to share that by 3+ devices, etc)