Sometimes Games Lock Up

June 8, 2009 at 19:25:19
Specs: Windows XP, 2.33GHz Core 2 Duo/2GB RAM(Gaming)
So, at very random times, my games will go
into a rapid-fire repeat sound and after a few
seconds, the monitor shuts off and goes into
No Signal mode. However, the computer is
still running, though I can't do anything with it
and have to shut it down.

Now, I'm not an idiot with computers, so by
my observations, the fact that the computer is
staying on leads me to believe that the video
card's hardware is solid. Now, when I played
L4D, I was up to 185.85 in Drivers(By the way,
I'm using an XFX Nvidia 8800GTS video card.)
Anyway, it would lock up occasionally. When
I rolled back the drivers twice to 182.06, L4D
went back to not having issues, but now Sims
3 has locked up on me for the 2nd time in the
same manner.

Any suggestions on how to go about fixing this
are always appreciated.

Thanks!


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June 8, 2009 at 20:50:51
Here is my info re tracking down error messages, should be some tucked away somewhere.

You may get more info from minidumps. Make sure it is Enabled.
Control Panel --> System --> Advanced --> Startup and Recovery --> Settings ---> Write debugging
information --> Complete memory dump.
On XP and 2003 systems, mini dumps are located at %SystemRoot%\Minidump, or c:\Windows\Minidump; kernel and full dumps are located at %SystemRoot%\MEMORY.DMP or c:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP.
How to solve Windows system crashes in minutes
http://www.networkworld.com/news/20...
http://www.codeproject.com/KB/debug...
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/devto...
Install Debugging Tools for Windows 64-bit Version
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/devto...
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/devto...
http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showth...
This primer will show you how to solve problems quickly. Using a tool that costs nothing, you can solve approximately 50% of Windows server and workstation crashes in a few minutes. The tool is WinDbg, the free Windows debugger.
You've probably never used the debugger, don't have it and don't want it. After all, it's a developer's tool, not an administrator's, right? Yes, but what you need to know is remarkably easy to learn, and even a rudimentary familiarity with the debugger could enhance your skills and your resume.
Still hesitant? Think about this: After rebooting a crashed machine, we've brought up the debugger, opened a memory dump file, given the debugger a single command, and learned not only that the cause was a driver, but also the driver's name — all in less than a minute. Granted, the debugger was installed and configured, we knew what commands to use and what to look for.
But so will you by the end of this article.
Or,
Grabtxt
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/grabtx...
http://halmisbah.blogspot.com/2008/...
Capture text from Windows error dialogs.
Grabtxt is a simple utility that enables you to capture the text portions from many Windows dialog boxes. The captured text can be copied to the clipboard (Ctrl+C) or used to search for details via Google or Live.com with the provided shortcut buttons. The program can be useful if you need to copy an error message for a bug report or want to find out additional information via online search engines without having to manually type the text. Grabtxt worked with most, but not all, Windows dialogs that we tested.
Requirements: .NET Framework 2.0 W2000/XP/2003/Vista.
Or,
Event Log Explorer
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.eventlogxp.com/
http://www.eventlogxp.com/download/...
Event Log Explorer is a free software for viewing, monitoring and analyzing events recorded in Security, System, Application and another logs of Microsoft Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista ( 32 & 64 bit ) operating systems. It extends standard Event Viewer monitoring functionality and brings new features. Free registration.
Or,
MyEventViewer
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/my_eve...
Or,
Extract troubleshooting info from Windows XP BSOD error messages
http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-10...
Or,
http://www.eventid.net/search.asp
Or,
Windows Error Generator
http://www.netdevel.net.nz/index.ph...


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