My Games Keep Crashing

October 18, 2010 at 04:45:09
Specs: Windows XP
I have :
Windows XP SP3
AMD Athlon 64 Dual Core Processor X2 6400+ 3.21GHz
2 GB of RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

Each game that I play (and I play alot of them) keeps crashing to me now.. This problem appeared about a month ago... I play games such as Call of Duty 4(5), Heroes of Newerth, WoW and much more... When I play CoD4 my game rarely crashes, but HoN and WoW keeps crashing,freezing and blue screening me...
I tried searching for a virus but I found nothing... I use avast! Pro 5.0...
I hope that you have a solution ...

Thanks in advance

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October 19, 2010 at 02:04:40
Have you updated DirectX to the latest version from the Microsoft Website?

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October 19, 2010 at 10:52:38
Yes, I have, but nothing has improved...
I have tried playing the game but the BSoD keeps appearing after like 8-9 minutes while im playing and crashes.
Today my computer crashed two times after entering my account on the desktop!
I'm not sure what to do...

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October 19, 2010 at 11:03:21
chkdsk -r -f -x

^ to check your hard drive for bad sectors and mark them unusable (will run after reboot).

Your symptoms sound RAM related though, is it the same RAM you've always had? If it's new, put the old stuff back in. If it's the same stuff you've always had, try popping it back out and re-inserting it ("reseating" the RAM). This might help if the ram has started to "creep" up out of its slot.

if that doesn't help, i would download and run memtest86 on one stick of RAM at a time. write to a floppy or CD/DVD and boot to the disk to run memtest, it will stress your RAM and report any errors it finds. if one stick has errors, remove it and only game on the other stick. if they both have errors, time to replace the ram.

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October 20, 2010 at 07:28:20
I have tried what you said...
I opened the case of the computer took out the RAM(only 1 stick, it has 2 GB) , put it back in.
Then I booted the CD that had memtest86 on it, and the stick had no errors.
After that I tried playing the game but it still crashed...

I should mention that about 2 weeks ago my CoD4 and CoD5 stopped crashing with BSoD, and I run those games with 1024x768 with med graphics, and med sound settings.
And I run HoN and WoW with 1440x900(max resolution) with maxed out settings, and those two crash... But I have tried playing it in lower graphics and resolution but it still crashes.

Btw. is it possible to take out the RAM memory from my old computer (1 GB , DDR2 , 800) and place it next to my new computer's RAM (2 GB , DDR2 800) so I could have 3 GB ?
Sorry if that's a stupid question but I know nothing of computers hardware :)

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October 22, 2010 at 16:35:41
I have found the problem
The problem was that my fan was too dusty, so I took out the vacuum cleaner and sucked it all in !

Anyway, thanks for your help! : )

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