why does my computer freeze while playing gam

March 10, 2011 at 20:28:45
Specs: Windows 7, 18G
So I have a "Studio XPS 9100" computer.

My video card is a ATI Radeon HD 5800

and I have 18 gigs of RAM.

Lately my computer has been freezing while playing games (at least it only happens while playing games...I think) I'm not sure why either.

I can start my computer fine and game for about 4-7 hours but every now and then it will just randomly freeze no response at all cant move my mouse no response from alt + ctrl + delete no response from hitting the numlock key anything I have to restart it to get it to work again.

How do I fix this?

Windows updater also says my ATI Radeon card is up to date "Version:8.821.0.0"

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March 14, 2011 at 02:28:08
i suggest to buy a win 7 at wal-mart dual core about 400 4 its worth it you wiill just spend about have that to repair your cpu know . sometimes cpus go bad !

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March 14, 2011 at 02:31:32
u dont haveenough gigabytes for win 7 it takes about 16 gigabytes to run win 7! I GOT 750 GIGABYTES .

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March 14, 2011 at 09:41:43
He has 18 GB's of RAM. Not space. So, ignore that guy ^.

Windows 7 is probably not the answer.

When you are gaming, is it a particular game or any games you play when it does this?

Is your computer getting noisy when this happens?

Have you gone to ATI's website to make sure you have the up to date drivers for your video card? Windows Updater won't find those for you, you have to go look yourself. Go here and download the up to date drivers and CCC software http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownlo...

To me it sounds like either your hardware is overheating or you are having a software issue. However, the software issue seems more unlikely since this is happening after hours of gaming not right away. That lends itself to the idea that this is a hardware overheating/stress issue. One easy way is to check your GPU temperatures using a software like HWMonitor. Post your temperatures when you turn on your computer, and after 1-2 hours of gaming, and each hour after that. Make note of your systems noise.

Also list your operating system and computer specs (CPU, etc.). Download CPU-Z and run it to get all the info.

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