Every Game Crashes

Acer / E380
April 10, 2009 at 13:58:38
Specs: Windows Vista SP1, 4gb Corsair
Every game I try to play will boot up, let me configure settings, and play for anywhere from 30 seconds to 15 minutes before either crashing to desktop or blue screening and crash dumping.

I know that its not my new video card, ram, or psu I just bought because I had the same problems before I upgraded my system.

My neighbor said something about having a similar problem. He told me that with a certain windows update, windows installs a driver for nVidia based cards. My system prior to upgrading had an integrated nvidia 6100 and now it has an nvidia 9800 gtx+. He told me that if I gop back to a far enough restore point, I can manually install the updates and skip over these windows-based display drivers.

I've read dozens of posts and I know that its not my temperatures, and I know its not faulty ram because I had the problem before I upgraded.

My thought was that if I could determine a way to uninstall the basic videop drivers I had and then reinstalled the actual nvidia driver for my card then all would be well, but I cant even get a straight answer on how to do that.

Thank you all a ton for any help or insight you can offer!

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April 10, 2009 at 14:13:02
"I know that its not my new video card, ram, or psu"

I love it when someone makes a statement like that but doesn't back it up.

About the video card....does it require two 6-pin PCI-e plugs? If so, do you have them both connected?

Has the new RAM ever been tested with memtest86 to confirm that it's error free? Did you manually configure the RAM settings in the BIOS, both voltage & timings?

Did you buy a decent quality name brand PSU? At least 500W with plenty of amperage on the +12v rail? preferrably a single high amperage +12v rail rather than a multi +12v rail design? Did you pay at least $50?

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April 10, 2009 at 14:19:41
The card requires one 6 pin and it is connected. The ram has been tested and is perfect. The psu is a 550 Corsair. And games still crash. Happy?
It didnt work on my old configuration and it still doesnt.

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April 10, 2009 at 16:06:09

No, because you should have stated your specs (in detail) right from the start.

Have you checked your temps?

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