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*How to Ask for Advice about Choosing a New GPU*

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January 5, 2012 9:11:17 PM

I am trying to play Sims 3 Pets on my 4 yr old computer. It is a Dell SPS 410 updated to Windows 7 32 bit. I have 4 gb RAM (of course it can't use more than 3). It has a Nvidia 7900 GS graphics card. As soon as I get past the loading screen it crashes. It says it is a DEP problem and I have done and DEP exception to no avail. I am hoping if I upgrade my graphics card it will help. Any recommendations??
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.111025-1505)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Dell DXP061
BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 2.3.1
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6400 @ 2.13GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.1GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 3070MB RAM
Page File: 2126MB used, 4012MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
System DPI Setting: 120 DPI (125 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 7900 GS
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0292&SUBSYS_037010DE&REV_A1
Display Memory: 1527 MB
Dedicated Memory: 248 MB
Shared Memory: 1278 MB
Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Dell E207WFP
Monitor Model: DELL E207WFP
Monitor Id: DELD011
Native Mode: 1680 x 1050(p) (59.883Hz)
Output Type: DVI
Driver Name: nvd3dum.dll
Driver File Version: 8.17.0012.9036 (English)
Driver Version: 8.17.12.9036

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a b U Graphics card
January 5, 2012 9:21:48 PM

What PSU? Also, does it blue-screen? Maybe it is bad RAM.
a b U Graphics card
January 5, 2012 9:23:15 PM

Also, a 32-bit system can run 4gb RAM. Turn on PAE. (Physical Address Extension)
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a c 290 U Graphics card
January 5, 2012 9:41:07 PM

It's not graphics card issue. My sister plays it on 8600 GT at same resolution perfectly fine (not sure about settings, though), but 7900 GS is more powerful than 8600 GT..
January 6, 2012 4:03:30 PM

It's not a blue screen. It turns black and I get message that Windows has closed this program... My PSU is 375. I have set DEP, re-installed twice (I thought I would try all of the fixes others have tried-didn't work), reduced game settings, everything I could think of. And the game played beautifully until I tried the latest expansion pack so I'm pretty sure my RAM is fine.
a b U Graphics card
January 6, 2012 4:15:09 PM

Okay, what PSU exactly? The 7900GS requires 22A on the 12v rails. Maybe you don't have 22.
a c 290 U Graphics card
January 6, 2012 6:05:14 PM

I'm 100% sure it's not PSU issue because it worked for 4 years.. and when PSUs go bad, they just stop working, instead of only not working somewhere.
a b U Graphics card
January 6, 2012 6:16:57 PM

Sunius said:
I'm 100% sure it's not PSU issue because it worked for 4 years.. and when PSUs go bad, they just stop working, instead of only not working somewhere.

No, PSUs can slowly degrade is power. Also, what I am saying is, it may not have the power to run the system at maximum performance where the GPU and CPU are both being stressed.
January 6, 2012 8:05:51 PM

It is a model L375-00. I'm pretty basic as far as computer parts go but I looked it up on the internet and it says it has two 18A +12V rails. Not sure what that means. I have not had any other problems, only with this last expansion pack (sorry to repeat myself). I sometimes am online playing games for an hour or two with no problem. And I have never had a blue screen or crashing of any sort.
a b U Graphics card
January 6, 2012 8:11:35 PM

Yeah, that PSU is good enough then. If you could play well until the expansion came out, it has to be something with the new software form the expansion. Re-install it.
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