weird game crashes?

Electronic arts Crysis (pc)
September 4, 2009 at 02:52:52
Specs: Windows XP pro SP3, Q6600 2gb Corsair
hello, my specs are as follows.
XP pro SP3
8800GT 512mb(oc) edition
Q6600@ 2.4ghz
2gb Corsair ram @ 533mhz
500GB hdd about 50gb space free
ok my problem is the newer games not all but maybe half i play do a random weird crash, in which i have to restart my computer altogether. It's a red/black blocky screen graphics kind of thing that appears all over my screen. my computer temps are all fine as fa as i know. my gfx drivers are all up to date, as well as my motherboards, so im very confused. I hope it's not a faulty gfx card as i've had it over a year and a half, and it's been going on for as long as i remember.

Hope this info helps, PS Vance.

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September 6, 2009 at 21:03:07
google search this freeware:

"Blue Screen View". Downlaod and install it. The next time your computer crashes, open up this program, view the log files and post back with the errors that show in the log. Lets figure out what error you are getting exactly. If possible.

Jarvis -Technician

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September 8, 2009 at 12:40:31
you identify that the issue appears graphics related, and i'd agree. you can tax cpu/ram with software like Prime95, and test graphics with something like 3DMark06. You said games, so i'm assuming you can tax your cpu/ram without the system crashing.

you said you think your temps are okay, but where are you obtaining this information? it could be temps, either WAY too high right now, or a little too high over the last 18 months.

did you build this machine or was it professionally assembled? you didn't say much about your PSU, so if it's crappy it could have been wearing down the life of your GPU over the last year and a half. Power surges and brown outs could do the same thing.

not to mention you said your card was OC'd. did you do that or did it come that way from the factory? either way, that will wear down the life of hardware faster than normal, so whereas you might have gotten 3 years out of it at stock speeds, it might start to show its OC'd age after 18 months.

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