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I just bought a new fancy computer from ibuypower.com, and was happy as a chipmunk. I didn't order it with windows installed because I already had a copy. It's perfectly legit bought fresh from the store, so no worries there. When I got the computer, I noticed in the motherboard manual that it said that the drivers weren't verified with Windows, but they should work fine. So I thought OK, why not, and went ahead. Everything was going great, connected to the internet fine, played my mp3s, but lo, when I tried to run any game, it would run for about 20 minutes and then it would crash, I would get blue screen, and system would reboot. I tried reinstalling windows, no luck. I tried reinstalling drivers, ditto. I went to the makers site and directly downloaded newest drivers, same problem. Another interesting thing to note was that if I were just to run a game, without touching it, it seemed to run fine without having to reboot, so I suspect that the system gets overloaded when too much information goes through, and just shuts down. Oh, and for once, I thought I would do one of those error reports that windows always asks for when something goes wrong, and it said that the error was caused by a driver. Does anyone know how to get around this, or where I could find some kind of fix for the software? The motherboard is a EVGA nForce 4. Thanks for listening to my rambling
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What type of drivers did you try to reinstall? Did you try to reinstall your video drivers? I remember having that problem, first time was my CPU was overheating, second time was my video drivers just hated me.
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Use DriverCleaner to completely remove the drivers, then reload the drivers. If you the ones you have been supplied are not working out look to the companies of the individual products to see if they have an older stable driver. Does the error message indicate what driver is causing an issue? Drivers for USB, on-board sound, ethernet, video card, chipset, etc can all cause issues.

There could be a variety of other problems. It could be your memory (Run MemTest86 at stock settings and see if you have errors, memory is not fully seated in the socket), chipset (Overheating due to HSF not being installed correctly), graphics card (like not being fully seated in the socket), cpu, etc. Power Supplies are often the culprits too, if they are faulty and can not provide clean, consistent, stable power to your components.

One thing to do would be to install Speedfan and see what your temps approach during gaming. Not knowing what type/brand of processor you have the rule of thumb is below 50*c for AMD and 55*c for Intel processors. Look at your at your chipset temps for anything above 60*c, and anything else you can get a temperature reading on.
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post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by The Luggage
I just bought a new fancy computer from ibuypower.com, ...

... and then it would crash,
Are you sure it's not an overheating problem (is the heat sink installed properly, what thermal paste did you use?). Are you sure that your power supply is adequate?
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Apparently, there was a problem with my RAM, I had 4 modules in, and one of them was corrupt. Right now I'm trying to figure out which one it was, I only have the one I know is OK in right now. thanks for all the helps and suggestions.
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Glad to see you have it narrowed down. Often times BSOD is associated with memory, as you know now. Hope to see you up and running at full strength soon.
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