Games cause Windows 7 to freeze entirely

Microsoft Windows 7 ultimate 32-bit
February 17, 2010 at 02:01:40
Specs: Windows 7, 2.2 Ghz/ 1 GB
I just got Windows 7 several weeks ago and everything worked brilliantly until recently, which is the reason why I ended up here.

Whenever I play games it would crash after maybe 15 to 20 minutes of playing. It doesn't display a BSOD or warnings of any kind, it just freezes, but with the background music/SFX still playing. It won't respond several minutes after freezing.

Quite obviously, I have to press the reset button every time this happens. When I do, it tells me that I have a disk read error and must restart again. However, when I turn off the AVR and wait several minutes before turning it back on, it would boot in the same manner as if there was a sudden power outage (choosing bet. safe mode(s) and start normally).

I tried running a Windows Memory Diagnostic Test but it turns up no results. I did a full scan with ESET NOD32 with no threats detected. And for some reason, System Restore is empty.

I also searched the site and found someone with a similar problem like mine. Only difference is that he's running on 64-bit and has GeForce 8800.

System Info:
OS - Windows 7 Ultimate, 32-bit
Processor - AMD Sempron LE-1250 2.20 GHz
Graphics Card - NVIDIA GeForece 8600 GT
RAM - 1 GB

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February 17, 2010 at 03:16:24
Could be memory problem.

I suggest you run memtest86+ for at least two passes. ( I do not know how good MS memory diag tool is. )

Could also be memory problem on the gfx card.

I also suggest to wait for a couple of minutes to see if your system recovers from freezing. Then you may receive a warning message or something.



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February 17, 2010 at 16:12:32
i would suggest increasing your ram to at least 2gig,
if the video freezes and sound still play, it may be a overheat issue with the video card...or driver problem..

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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February 18, 2010 at 21:54:27
The way I see it, you need to increase your RAM to 2Gigs (Windows 7 32bit does run much better on 2 Gigs) [If your MB uses dual channel memory, purchase as pairs] AND if you want to continue with gaming, you will need to upgrade your video to 9600GT or higher (or equiv.) [Post your system spec's and your games of choice on the Gaming post for a additional advice on graphics for gaming before buying]

If this was an upgrade to windows 7, was it from Vista (upgrade path typically good) or from XP (MUST be a clean install - save data, format using 7 disk and install clean).

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February 20, 2010 at 04:32:49
1. I tried waiting for 45 minutes and it's still frozen.
2. I have all the drivers updated in the proper way, still not sure if overheating is the problem.
3. We upgraded from XP and yes, it was a clean install.

I'm not quite sure how adding more RAM memory would fix the problem.

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February 22, 2010 at 08:23:44
When you upgraded from XP, did you update all of your drivers? especially for your motherboard and graphics card? Go to the manufacturer's sites and look for windows 7 drivers for each piece of hardware (model numbers and version numbers on hardware

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April 29, 2010 at 03:19:41
I finally fixed the problem!

What I did was, I opened up the CPU, unplugged the wires from my Hard Drive, plugged the wires again and everything is fixed! No more crashes and errors!

I'm serious, that was the cause of the problem. Good thing, I figured it out before I had to do some expensive repairs or reformat my hard drive!

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April 29, 2010 at 03:33:19
not sure what opened up the cpu means, but it means you took off and then replaced the cpu cooling block, (hopefully with new thermal paste) then your problem was very probably overheating,
if the cables to the cd were the problwm great, however you should still get more Ram on your system, 1gig is barely enough to run your win 7, which means your hard drive is going to be writing almost consistantly and at such constant use will probably die quite unexpectedly..Ram is cheap and will improve your overall performance significantly.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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April 29, 2010 at 03:52:51
I'm pretty sure that overheating isn't the problem since my computer can crash less than 10 minutes after starting up. Also, since my computer never had a crash in 2 months (counting the fact that my family uses the computer for 12 hours a day), I'd say that it isn't the problem.

Also, I did upgrade my RAM. I already knew that 1 GB isn't enough when my sidebar keeps telling me that RAM usage is at a constant 60% even with no applications open.

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April 29, 2010 at 05:04:21
When you removed and reseated the cable to your hard drive, you actually cleaned the contacts a little bit. Very good thought. If however this happens again (or something similar), say in a number of months, the I would suggest replacing the cable as it's contacts might not have the proper tension and may be causing the tarnishing.
I understand that when you said "I opened up the CPU..." you really meant that you opened up the side of your computer's case. A long time ago, the main computer's case was referred to as the CPU or Central Processing Unit, but with nearly everything one one chip, and nearly everything else on the motherboard, the one 'chip' is now referred to as the CPU. Your "Processor - AMD Sempron LE-1250 2.20 GHz" is your CPU. There lies the confusion for most who never typed a set of computer 'punch cards' and fed these into a punch card reader to enter their program (each punch card could only hold one line of a program and might have read like "If a>=b Then c=c+1" which would simply compare a to b and if a was greater than or equal to b, then the instruction would be to add one to c. basically just counting how many met that condition and might have been part of a program loop. Back in the 1970's the CPU of a rather 'small' IBM 1130 was about 3 1/2 or 4 foot tall, about 2 1/2 or 3 foot deep and about 6 foot long. The printer was 'only' 4 foot long but a little taller and a little deeper and the paper fed continuously out of a box with continuous holes along both sides and perforations to separate each page. Today it is much easier.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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April 30, 2010 at 08:45:59
Some power cables to hdd, dvd etc can be loose enough to give an intermittant connection so when the HDD loses power obviously anything running in virtual memory (pagefile) will hang but audio which is in RAM might keep running.

What I usually do in that case is make sure all cables are firmly seated and use a hot melt glue gun to put a drop of glue to hold all cables in. (glue after it is firmly seated not on the connections). That way they can't work loose and if you pull hard enough you can still take it apart if necessary and scrape off the glue with a thumbnail.

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