computer keeps crashing

April 17, 2011 at 18:44:01
Specs: Linux
Well I already know my windows 7 is invalid, and I downloaded and installed it over windows xp and Linux, but I recently downloaded unreal tournament 2004 demo off a safe site. I have Norton 360 virus protection. But recently it started crashing a couple days of playing. It would crash when I played, then started crashing more, like when on webcam. Now it.starts for like 10 mins, crashes and a light blinks on the power button, and speakers make noise to the blinking.. I scanned, found no virus, uninstalled the game.

Idk my full specs, its a.dell, like 10 years old, I upgraded the RAM like 4 times, when you do task manager the memory used to say 512mb, now it says 3034mb. I upgraded the.video card, its.n video.force. I think.

No clue why it crashes and no money to fix it, any ideas?

p.s my old specs kinda the same


Manufacturer:
Dell Inc.
Processor:
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T6600 @ 2.20GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.2GHz
Memory:
4096MB RAM
Hard Drive:
484 GB
Video Card:
Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
Monitor:
Sound Card:
Speakers / Headphones (IDT High Definition Audio CODEC)
Speakers/Headphones:
Keyboard:
USB Root Hub
Mouse:
USB Root Hub
Mouse Surface:
Operating System:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255)
Motherboard:
Computer Case:

my new specs as of today

Manufacturer:
MSI
Processor:
AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+, ~2.0GHz
Memory:
2048MB RAM
Hard Drive:
52 GB
Video Card:
NVIDIA GeForce 6200 TurboCache(TM) (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM)
Monitor:
Sound Card:
Speakers (Realtek AC'97 Audio)
Speakers/Headphones:
Keyboard:
USB Root Hub
Mouse:
USB Root Hub
Mouse Surface:
Operating System:
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.101026-1503)
Motherboard:
Computer Case:


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#1
April 18, 2011 at 13:33:07
High end games tend to have a lot more bugs in their programming than most software.
It's well known that they DO NOT work properly on all systems that at least meet the minimum hardware and software requirements for the game.
When you get the full version of the game, you MAY then be able to download patches or updates that will fix whatever the problem is for your particular system, but that option is NOT available when you run a Demo version, and sometimes there is nothing you can do to prevent the game crashing on your particular system.

In other words, if you have no problems with your computer except when you're playing a particular game or games, the problems are probably caused by the game(s) and there is probably nothing wrong with the computer.

Why are you quoting specs for two different systems ?
It appears from the specs the first specs are for a laptop.

For your Dell computer....
Go here for how to find the Service tag "number":
http://support.dell.com/support/top...

Tell us what it is.

For the second system.......

Tell us the make and model of your brand name system, or if you have a generic desktop system, the make and model of the mboard.

The specific model of a brand name system is often shown on a label on the outside of the case somewhere, or it can often be determined by going to the brand name's web site and loading a program they have available, if Windows is still working, on the subject computer.

If it's a Dell computer...
Go here for how to find the Service tag "number":
http://support.dell.com/support/top...

Tell us what it is.

If it's a HP or Compaq computer.....
Go here:
http://partsurfer.hp.com/search.aspx
Scroll down a bit.
Look for the similar label on the outside of your computer.
Quote the specific model number - that's at the end of the first line.
Quote the Product number - that's on the third line.

The model, sometimes the make, of a mboard in a generic desktop system is usually printed on the mboard's surface in obvious larger characters, often between the slots.
.......

"a light blinks on the power button, and speakers make noise to the blinking."

"I upgraded the.video card,"

On which computer ? The one with first specs or the one with the second specs ?


When you add a video card to a desktop system that had no video card previously, or when you upgrade a video card when it did have one previously, the existing power supply may NOT have enough capacity to support the current (amperage) requirements of the video chipset on the card.

"a light blinks on the power button, and speakers make noise to the blinking."

In that case the card may work okay initially, but the power supply will eventually be damaged from it being constantly overloaded .

Your power supply must have at least the minimum capacity required to support a system with the graphics card you are using installed, or the max graphics card you might install in the future.
(Onboard video - video built into the mboard - IS NOT A CARD ! )
If that info is not in the ad for the video card, you can go to the video card maker's web site and look up the specs for the model - often under system requirements - the minimum PS wattage, and, more important, the minimum amperage the PS must supply at 12v is stated. If you don't find that, any card with the same video chipset including any letters after the model number has very similar minimum PS requirements. Some power supplies have two or more +12v ratings - in that case, add those ratings to determine the total +12v current capacity.
.........

If you're getting these symptoms even when you've NOT been playing a game at all...

- they may be caused by the cpu overheating. In that case you don't get the symptoms when you have allowed the computer to cool room temp and then boot the computer, and you don't get the symptoms until the cpu has had a chance to get too hot. High end games tend to use the cpu and video adapter more intensely, so you tend to get the symptoms of over heating in less time when you're playing a high end game.

The current cpu temp reading is shown in the bios Setup.

The most common cause of the cpu overheating on a desktop computer are
- there is too much accumulated mung (dust,lint, etc.) on the cpu fan and cpu heat sink. Clean those off, but DO NOT use a vacuum cleaner to do that.
- the cpu fan bearings have deteriorated and the fan can no longer spin as fast as it is supposed to or does not spin at all - it that case if it spins it often makes screeching or rattling noises when the computer is started up after having had a chance to cool to room temp and has also sat unused for hours.

The most common causes of the cpu overheating on a laptop are
- you are obstructing the openings in the case base that allow air to get into and out of the case - e.g. you have it on your lap or you're using it on top of bed sheets. Place the laptop ontop of something flat and relatively rigid.
- there is too much accumulated mung (dust,l int, etc.) on the fan and/or cpu heat sink and/or in the air passages inside the base of the case. Clean those off, but DO NOT use a vacuum cleaner to do that.
- the fan bearings have deteriorated and the fan can no longer spin as fast as it is supposed to or does not spin at all - in that case if it spins it often makes screeching or rattling noises when the computer is started up after having had a chance to cool to room temp and has also sat unused for hours.

If the fan still spins the cpu may not get hot enough for the mboard to shut off automatically, but it may get more than hot enough for the cpu to malfunction.

- "a light blinks on the power button, and speakers make noise to the blinking."

- they may be caused by a defective, damaged, or overloaded power supply. In that case, the computer MAY work okay for awhile after it has been started up after you have allowed the computer to cool room temp, or you may get the symptoms at any time.


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#2
April 18, 2011 at 14:53:37
it's the second computer, the second specs, i have a xblade um tower, not the original.


dell desktop.


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#3
April 18, 2011 at 17:53:36
"xblade"
"dell desktop".

Go here for how to find the Service tag "number":
http://support.dell.com/support/top...

Tell us what it is.

Which video card ?
"NVIDIA GeForce 6200" - is that the onboard video adapter or the card in the PCI-E X16 slot

What is the max (output) capacity of the power supply ?


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#4
April 18, 2011 at 18:27:10
Again can't find the service tag number with the xblade box.

Yes that is my video card, yes its old, I talked to the guy who built well upgraded my computer and he said the video.card is now old for its time. And ill need a new power supply on. Bout 100 bucks, then going to upgrade the video card and swipe my computer go get rid of windows 7 and Linux.


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#5
April 18, 2011 at 19:13:26
If the label is missing...

- the Service Tag code is often shown in the bios Setup of the Dell model

- or - go here on the xblade system

"Find Your Service Tag Online

Dell has an optional online utility that can quickly scan and identify your system.

1. Click to launch the System Profiler.
http://support.dell.com/support/top...

2. Follow the prompts in order to find your Service Tag and Express Service Code."

"Find my Service Tag only works with Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher.

Currently this is not supported by Mozilla Firefox or Netscape."
.........

"GeForce 6200 TurboCache"

Apparently there may be AGP and PCI-E X16 versions of the card.

Here's a PCI-E version...

XFX GeForce 6200 TurboCache / 64MB GDDR2 / Supporting 256MB with TurboCache / PCI Express
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...

Excerpts:

The only GPUs in their class to support Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 Shader Model 3.0,

System Requirements:

A 350W PCI Express compliant system power supply


"unreal tournament 2004 demo"

http://www.ultimate-gamer.com/ut200...

"UT2004 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Pentium III or AMD Athlon 1.0 GHz processor (Pentium® or AMD 1.2GHz or greater recommended)
128MB RAM (256MB RAM or greater recommended)
5.5GB HDD space REQUIRED
8X CD-ROM or DVD
Windows® compatible sound card
32 MB video card required (64 MB NVIDIA or ATI hardware T&L card recommended)
DirectX® version 9.0b (included on game disc)
Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported. Internet play requires a 33.6 kbps or faster modem (broadband recommended)"

Your system exceeds all minimum required specs, except possibly the power supply capacity.

XP and previous cannot support DirectX versions higher than 9.x, but that's the max the card supports and that's sufficient for that demo.

(When the video chipset or the operating system cannot support Direct X10 or above ONLY features, they are auto replaced with simpler versions of the features.)




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