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Old 17th March 2008, 11:22   #1
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In December I bought some new hardware. During 2 months I had no problems playing games like Crysis, NFS Pro Street or Colin McRae Dirt but since 2 weeks it happened several times that the pc blocked completely when playing Crysis or NFS.

The screen freezes and the sound hangs. I can only do a reset.

I don't get any error, bluescreen or log in the event log.

The temps seem ok,
gpu max 48 (checked with Asus Smartdoctor)
cpu max 47 (checked with CoreTemp)

Runned memtest without any errors.

Any idea what could cause this problems?

OS: Win Xp Prp with all patches
E6750 with boxed cooler
2 gig value ram
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Asus 8800GT with Glaciator cooler
Samsung 500 gb
Coolermaster 550W psu
Coolermaster Stacker with 3x120mm +80mm + Crossflow fans
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Old 17th March 2008, 12:00   #2
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did you change any hardware or software (drivers) since first install?
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no, that is the strange thing, I didn't change anything
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short circuit between mobo & case, dust somewhere, a cable broken/not plugged in all too good.
Can't think of anything else really.

You're saying the PC blocks completely, no auto-reset or something, that would count out the PSU. Can you try with another VGA card maybe? see what that will do?
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no other vga card available

no dust, all cables are fine and didn't move since the install in December.

On the ****** forums I found a lot of guys complaining about bluescreens and black screens (monitor goes into standby) and a new version of the drivers 174.31 seemed to solve the issues.

I think I will try those drivers.
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ha! bad forums those
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try posting links to madshrimps or typing madshrimps at their forums
I have no clue why we're are censored there, but least thing we can do is return the "favor"
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ok didn't have the time yet to test the other drivers but I have been reading on the Asus forums and there are people with simular problems.

One of the users advised to downclock the Memory speed of the card.

I'm going to test it rightaway.
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ok, yesterday I was able to game for severel hours without any problems with the mem speed at 1752 instead of the default 1800MHz.

I contacted Tones about this a I can return the card. Now I don't know what to do, swap it with another 8800 GT (Asus in not in stock) or upgrade to a 8800 GTS.
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