I just built my new rig, but am currently using the integrated graphics on the i5 3570k until I can afford the video card. The iGPU for this chip is the HD4000.
It seems to handle the Windows desktop and videos fine, but every game I have tried to play encounters an error and either freezes or crashes to desktop within 30 minutes. Sometimes there is a stutter where the graphics freeze for a moment and then the game resumes, but it will usually crash completely within a few minutes after this. This happens even though some of the games run very smooth with great performance.
The games I have tried running:
Natural Selection 2 (first person shooter)
Vindictus (similar to TERA Online/WoW)
As far as I know, all my drivers are up to date. Can someone help me troubleshoot what is going on and how to fix it?
When I use Intel's driver update software on their site, it says my graphics drivers are up to date. However, my driver page under display settings says I have driver 184.108.40.20696 from 3/19/12, while the latest driver on that page for Windows 7 is 220.127.116.1196 from 4/3/12.
However, when I download that exe file and try to run it, it goes completely through the installshield and then tells me that my computer does not meet the minimum specifications to install the software. What should I do next?
I tried turning down the graphics settings, but the game still crashed. This time I got a crash report, here's what it said:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: Torchlight.exe
Application Version: 18.104.22.168
Application Timestamp: 4b5f7519
Fault Module Name: MSVCP90.dll
Fault Module Version: 9.0.30729.6161
Fault Module Timestamp: 4dace5bd
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 00005d2a
OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.768.3
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 0a9e
Additional Information 2: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789
Additional Information 3: 0a9e
Additional Information 4: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789
I was able to install the latest drivers from Intel's site. But even though it says 22.214.171.12496 on the download, the graphics driver it installs is 126.96.36.19996 , so I guess I was already up to date.
The games have continued to crash, so nothing has been fixed. One thing I noticed during the last crash, when I opened task manager to end the program, was that the game was using almost four times the normal amount of memory during the crash--nearly 2GB.
After uninstalling + reinstalling every driver possibly responsible, including Microsoft C++ Visual Studio Distributions, I finally just wiped my hard drive and did a fresh install of Windows. This time I used the driver CD that came with the motherboard and let it automatically install everything. As soon as I had everything installed, I downloaded and ran Torchlight, and again the game crashed.
At this point I think that:
1. The Intel drivers are flawed.
2. The games I'm playing are older and something about them is messing up when they are played on the brand new HD 4000.
Thanks everyone for the help, I guess I will just have to wait to see if Intel releases an update.