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Random PC freeze

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February 12, 2005 4:55:46 PM

I don't know why, but i just recently installed the punisher game and battle for middle earth and after let's say 30 minutes of playing my computer just freezes, i can't alt+tab or ctrl+alt+delete... i gotta reboot

I didn't try any other games since i didn't have time and i have all the latest updates for my vid card, my mobo and windowsxp

Im running :
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
Internet Explorer 6.0.2900.2180 (IE 6.0 SP2)
DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)

CPU Type Intel Pentium 4E, 3000 MHz (15 x 200)
Motherboard Name MSI 865PE Neo2-PS (MS-6728 v2.0) (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 4 DDR DIMM, Audio)
Motherboard Chipset Intel Springdale i865PE
System Memory 512 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type AMI (07/07/04)

Video Adapter RADEON 9600 SERIES - Secondary (128 MB)
Video Adapter RADEON 9600 SERIES (128 MB)
3D Accelerator ATI Radeon 9600 XT (RV360)
Monitor IBM 6541 G51 [15" CRT] (66-XDL42)

Audio Adapter Intel 82801EB ICH5 - AC'97 Audio Controller

IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers
SCSI/RAID Controller D347PRT SCSI Controller
Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
Disk Drive IC35L080AVVA07-0 (82 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)
Optical Drive Generic DVD-ROM SCSI CdRom Device
Optical Drive HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM GDR8160B (16x/48x DVD-ROM)
Optical Drive LITE-ON LTR-40125S (40x/12x/48x CD-RW)
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

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February 14, 2005 9:40:25 PM

What brand of memory are you using?
February 17, 2005 4:00:49 AM

a 512mb stick of Infineon pc3200
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February 17, 2005 4:49:01 AM

Is there a manufacturer sticker on the module?

chip number?

One more strange question:
Are the part numbers on the chip all the same? Or are there a few that are different?
February 17, 2005 12:25:27 PM

Yes i think there was a sticker on the side of the ram but i don't remember.. i'll check this later

could it be possible that let's say a power outtage could have messed with my ram? because iv'e played far cry for 3 hours until it froze
February 17, 2005 3:44:26 PM

I never recommend buying major brand from most 3rd parties. There are few who can build the modules well. A faulty module can have many undesired results.

The reason I ask you to check the chips, is because there are some clues here that can tell you about the quality of the module.

You want to check the date codes, which align parallel to the chip edge (emample "0426"). Ideally, you only want one date code per rank (module side). Two different date codes are ok as long as you have 1 date code per rank as mentioned.

Also, you want to measure the alignment of the print on the module. There should be a very small break in alignment of the print on the chips. Check this out.

The other parts seem ok.

Also, you have a sound card right?

one more thing:
What is your power supply?
Are you using a good CPU fan?
February 17, 2005 5:07:26 PM

I'm using a 450watts psu that came with my computer and i have the stock heatsink/fan on my p4
February 17, 2005 5:32:36 PM

Radeon 9600 I think is not a great card for Far Cry, since Far Cry is a very demanding game.

A suggestion, would be to play games on a lower setting with this card.

Also, you could gain from usuing 1GB instead of 512MB.

Check your memory with what I mentioned above. Maybe I can give you some advice on that.

"Memory with lifetime warranty? So, whose lifetime is that?"