All my games freeze up!

November 23, 2005 at 09:42:39
Specs: xp sp 2, 2.6 celeron/1gb-1x512 eli

About 3 weeks ago I started having problems with video games. The problem is they all freeze up on me. Either the screen will freeze, or the monitor will go crazy with various colours and then it'll freeze.

I have no idea about source of the problem. I tried re-installing my OS, upgrading to all the latest drivers, etc....ending all processes before playing, but nothing helps.

I have an:
ati 9800 pro 128
ecs miro-atx m925 MOBO with celeron 2.6
250 power supply
40gb HD+120gb HD (ata of course)
1gb-1x512 elixir-1x512-corsair RAM
Creative labs audigy 2 value
Lite-on DVD
I turned paging off

I tried everythign I can think of. I even tried disabling my 2nd HD, and DVD drive thinking it was a power issue. I also played around with the ati control panel, going from best performance to best quality video.

Does anyone have any ideas? Is it possible I somehow damaged my video card when I touched it to whipe off some dust? Or is the MOBO damaged somehow? I always put on my grounding strap when I open up the case and I never wear a wool sweater.

I'd appreciate any help,

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November 23, 2005 at 09:47:11

It sounds like you have sufficiently
deduced and excluded the problem to be
the video card. It's probably past
warranty, so I think it's time to look for a
newer and much more powerful card than
the 9800 Pro.

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November 23, 2005 at 12:36:56

Yup !!!!!

Sounds to me like a corrupted video ram on the actual board itself, unfortunately that is something you can't fix.

My sig is on sabbatical.

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November 23, 2005 at 17:20:35

get a 6600gt or ultra and get a different processor if you won't really good gameplay, like a AMD Athlon 3200+.

Hp Pavillion a1010n
Intel Celeron 2.93 GHz
160 Gb Hard Drive
512 pc3200 Mb of Ram
64 Mb Graphics Chip
Windows Xp Home Edition

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November 23, 2005 at 22:57:58

Thanks guys for the advice. It's too bad...I didn't realize how vulnerable the video card is. Do you think I damged it when I dusted the top?

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December 4, 2005 at 08:05:23

I get this too with every game i play
AMD Athlon XP 2400+
2x 1gb DDR 400Mhz
Samsung 200GB HDD
XP Pro
nVidia 6200 256mb

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