Xfx 250 gts having problems

I recently bought an XFX 250 GTS graphics card for my all-stock Dell Dimension 9100 Computer. I also bought an Antec 500 watt power supply upgrade, and they are both successfully installed in my computer. However, whenever i go to play a game such as WoW or call of duty WaW, the game freezes up about every 20 minutes and then i have to restart my computer. Now i know this is not an overheating problem of the card, but what could the cause of this problem be? Any Solutions?
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  1. try drivers, im having issues with 186.18 (i think that version) Yes it crashes frequently. try an older driver, that worked for me
  2. What about the CPU temperature?
    Try Speedfan to check and eliminate that.
    As a rule, the CPU should be no more than 20C above ambient, if it's hitting 70C or more you could have a problem.
  3. N.Broekhuijsen said:
    try drivers, im having issues with 186.18 (i think that version) Yes it crashes frequently. try an older driver, that worked for me


    hey thanks i'll try that... Do u think the problem could possibly be that my power supply is too low? Im running a 500 watt for a 450 watt card..
  4. Could be, tell us exactly what it is, not all power supplies are created equal.
  5. coozie7 said:
    What about the CPU temperature?
    Try Speedfan to check and eliminate that.
    As a rule, the CPU should be no more than 20C above ambient, if it's hitting 70C or more you could have a problem.


    i dont think its an overheating problem or temperature problem... I just turned my computer on after being off for about 20 hours and about 10 minutes into a game it froze up and restarted the computer. Anything else?
  6. my power supply is an Antec Earthwatts 500 watt Power supply 80% efficient.
  7. You really need to check those temperatures.
    It can, and will take time for even a fully loaded CPU to raise the temperature of the heatsink heat mass and itself to the point where it will shut off.
  8. coozie7 said:
    You really need to check those temperatures.
    It can, and will take time for even a fully loaded CPU to raise the temperature of the heatsink heat mass and itself to the point where it will shut off.


    well the coomputer doesnt shut off, just freezes up during games.. which causes me to shut it off. How can i check and monitor the temperatures and what are the ideal temperatures?
  9. Anything more than 20C above ambient with a moderate fan speed might indicate problems.

    Check out the downloads section here:
    http://www.overclock.net/downloads/138139-intel-tat.html
  10. coozie7 said:
    Anything more than 20C above ambient with a moderate fan speed might indicate problems.

    Check out the downloads section here:
    http://www.overclock.net/downloads/138139-intel-tat.html


    ok cooll thanks, so ur sure that its not the power supply problem or motherboard or something like that? Probably just temperatures?
  11. Not sure at all, but it's always wise to get this issue resolved and killed before moving on, it only takes a few minuets to see if there is a problem and it may highlight a potential issue.
    Your PSU is fine, the Earthwatts series is a very good PSU, so you should discount that as a cause for this problem.
  12. coozie7 said:
    Not sure at all, but it's always wise to get this issue resolved and killed before moving on, it only takes a few minuets to see if there is a problem and it may highlight a potential issue.
    Your PSU is fine, the Earthwatts series is a very good PSU, so you should discount that as a cause for this problem.


    ok cool thanks, do u have another link for that download? its giving me trouble
  13. Try this, it's the next screen on:

    http://www.overclock.net/downloads/296994-welcome-overclock-nets-downloads-section.html

    Or Google: Core Temp, Real Temp and the ever popular Speed Fan.
  14. Try this site.

    Damn, overtaken by a Spitfire!
  15. i guess i should download speedfan, real temp, and core temp?
  16. ^ Nice link, Mousemonkey!

    Here's mine:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvDDDKnNhuE

    @ Sena101: Any or all, they all do the same basic thing but I think Core Temp is a little easier on the eyes.
  17. coozie7 said:
    ^ Nice link, Mousemonkey!

    Here's mine:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvDDDKnNhuE

    @ Sena101: Any or all, they all do the same basic thing but I think Core Temp is a little easier on the eyes.


    says my intel processor is not supported for all 3...
  18. OK.
    Fine.
    Use Mousemonkeys link and see if you cn find something that works from there.
    Which processor do you have BTW?
  19. coozie7 said:
    OK.
    Fine.
    Use Mousemonkeys link and see if you cn find something that works from there.
    Which processor do you have BTW?


    intel pentium D 2.80Ghz
  20. coozie7 said:
    ^ Nice link, Mousemonkey!

    Here's mine:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvDDDKnNhuE

    @ Sena101: Any or all, they all do the same basic thing but I think Core Temp is a little easier on the eyes.

    Cheers, nice 'brown trouser' vid. :lol:
  21. @ Sena101: Strange, they should all support that CPU, still, take a look at the link posted by Mousemonkey, I'm sure you'll find something to do the job.
  22. coozie7 said:
    @ Sena101: Strange, they should all support that CPU, still, take a look at the link posted by Mousemonkey, I'm sure you'll find something to do the job.


    yeah i got speedfan v 4.38... says my GPU temp is around 49C with fans... any idea how to cool it down?
  23. Use Rivatuner to adjust fan speed.
  24. Mousemonkey said:
    Use Rivatuner to adjust fan speed.


    alright cool thanks, so the ideal temperature while playing a high graphic game is maybe like.. 40C?
  25. Depends on the card, Rivertuner can tell you how hot your card should not get.

  26. coozie7 said:
    What about the CPU temperature?
    Try Speedfan to check and eliminate that.
    As a rule, the CPU should be no more than 20C above ambient, if it's hitting 70C or more you could have a problem.


    my CPU temperature is around 50C, how do i turn it down? the only fan i have is the one on my graphics card.
  27. Sena101 said:
    hey thanks i'll try that... Do u think the problem could possibly be that my power supply is too low? Im running a 500 watt for a 450 watt card..


    No not at all, im using a 520 watt cooler master, 4 drives in raid, gts 250, athlon x2 5400 OC@ 3.3ghz, etc. Unless your running more than that, i don't think you should be having power isseus. 50C for core temp is fine, presuming that's under load. Im idling at 47 ish with a heavy overclock, (from 2.8ghz to 3.3ghz) and under load i can reach 66ish.

    Problem im having in win7 is that driver 186.18 keeps crashing every 20-30 minutes, so i reverted to an older version, which now runs fine.( i think 185.**) Did you try older drivers yet? Try drivers from tweakforce.com find the right version and install it. (nice thing about tweakforce drivers is that they supposedly increase system performance. Gave me a nice 5 FPS boost in FC2

    Good luck
  28. N.Broekhuijsen said:
    No not at all, im using a 520 watt cooler master, 4 drives in raid, gts 250, athlon x2 5400 OC@ 3.3ghz, etc. Unless your running more than that, i don't think you should be having power isseus. 50C for core temp is fine, presuming that's under load. Im idling at 47 ish with a heavy overclock, (from 2.8ghz to 3.3ghz) and under load i can reach 66ish.

    Problem im having in win7 is that driver 186.18 keeps crashing every 20-30 minutes, so i reverted to an older version, which now runs fine.( i think 185.**) Did you try older drivers yet? Try drivers from tweakforce.com find the right version and install it. (nice thing about tweakforce drivers is that they supposedly increase system performance. Gave me a nice 5 FPS boost in FC2

    Good luck


    thankyou very much, il let you know how it turns out :D
  29. yeah im running vista 64 bit and i downloaded the drivers 185.something and still crashes... anyother ideas?
  30. Sena101 said:
    yeah im running vista 64 bit and i downloaded the drivers 185.something and still crashes... anyother ideas?



    Reinstalling the games, (probably not going to help) or perhaps try using a 32 bit OS. Now that you mention I've also started seeing these crashesonce I entered the 64 bit stage. (windows 7 64 bit)
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