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Laptop crashes while playing games

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October 5, 2012 10:33:24 AM

Hey guys, I have an old (very old) Compaq Presario CQ40. Its been running my usual games (when I want to play them on the go) fine until it broke down yesterday. We brought it to an HP service center. Turns out one RAM slot went bad and we had to live with only 1 stick of 2Gb RAM. (Its DDR2, lol. Old, I know.) Could removing the other 2Gb of RAM cause my games to start to make the laptop crash?

I play Warcraft III TFT, (which I know only requires 128mb of RAM) and HoN. (Havent tried out HoN, but it requires 1.5GBs of RAM minimum.)

Thanks in advance!
a b D Laptop
October 5, 2012 11:53:51 AM

usually laptop crashes have to do with too high temps. i would recommend cleaning the laptop and spraying compressed air into the vents. you can also download msi afterburner to keep an eye on your graphics chip temps
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October 5, 2012 12:11:46 PM

Well, I start the games right after start-up. Laptop doesnt seem to be getting hot, since it was off for a while. It crashes like 5 minutes into the game, around 20 mins after startup. I dont think my laptop has graphics, (Im pretty sure its using integrated graphics) but Im downloading MSI Afterburner anyways. (Internet slow as crap :( )
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October 5, 2012 1:57:56 PM

I lowered the resolution in-game and it seemed to work. Hm. Thanks anyways. :D 
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a b D Laptop
October 5, 2012 2:17:28 PM

Could be over-using your RAM, 2gb ain't much when you factor in OS usage.
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October 5, 2012 2:20:38 PM

That was my first suspicion. The games ran flawlessly before the other RAM stick was removed.
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a b D Laptop
October 5, 2012 2:27:03 PM

Yes, and unfortunately DDR2 RAM is quite spendy in comparison to DDR3 :/ 
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