i am hoping this is a hardware setting issue. when playing newer fps games like doom 3, quake 4, stalker, prey, and bioshock, my pc does what i believe is called a "hard freeze". everything just stops completely. the older the game is, the more rare the freezes are. it performs perfectly with really old games such as unreal and unreal tournament 1/2k3/2k4. this gives me the idea that more resource-hungry games put an added strain on my card, causing my system to shut down as a safety measure.
has anyone had a problem like this? what specs do you need from me to help diagnose the prob? yes, i've upgraded to the latest drivers. what can cause this? i paid $600+ for this thing and i'd like to see it work.
Is there a lot of DUST in your case? Have you cleaned out the heatsinks lately?
PS- There should be 3.3v, 5v, and 12v monitors. They should be within about 5% of those numbers, respectively. (Can be up to 10% by ATX spec. but thats a bit much) There may also be a CPU Vcore monitor, etc.
hello all. i wanted to post the remedy to my problem.
what i failed to initially address was that, when my pc froze, i was still able to hear the game music. a friend of mine suggested that my audigy 2 zs was the culprit. he mentioned that creative was notorious for bad interrupt requests and that the music was still playing even after the game crashed because the irq was in a sort of loop. thinking about it, it made logical sense. so what i did was move my soundcard to a different pci slot so that a different irq was used. behold, the hard freezes that had been plaguing me had come to a stop. now i can play bioshock and the ut3 demo endlessly without my system hanging.
i hope this helps out anyone with a creative sound card and nvidia 8800 series video card.