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I have a really weird problem when i play games (just GRAW and Colin Mcrae Dirt for now). Sometimes when im playing the screen would freeze, but the game still runs, like i can still shoot and walk but the screen is frozen. Is it my gfx card thats dead, or is it my pc? If i played GRAW in windowed mode, it's fine :S
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sounds like your settings are too high then
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o_O...weird...the settings for GRAW has always been the same perhaps its the summer and my room is warm :S guess i should turn down the settings a bit?
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Hello,

Your problem is Either a failing OC, or Driver related.

Have you overclocked your Card? If not - you should consider running a registry clean (I reccomend Registry mechanic) then de-installing your Graphics driver - Restarting, and cleaning up all related driver files (clear up the driver profiles/ remnant files) then restarting normalling, and reinstalling the drivers.. (then another run of Reg mech.)

Most driver-related problems can be resolved by that process I've found.

You should also check out your related bios settings (later on.. if a fresh driver reinstall fails)

good luck ^_^
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nope, never OC'd my GFX, only my CPU can you be a little more detailed with cleaning the registry? Ive done some registry cleaning before and did not turn out too good :S After uninstalling the drivers, where do i clean the related files like profiles etc? Thanks in advance
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post #6 of 11
Sounds like a bad graphic card driver.Download drivercleaner pro from the download section and follow the instructions in the read me file
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post #7 of 11
Well its simple really.

Here's the thing.
I have found, that with Windows 2000 (which XP is based on to a great extent), driver's that are "uninstalled" leave profile remnants -

So you uninstall graphics card X and acutally physically remove the card from your system (so that windoze doesnt pop up next boot for a re-install), and go look in the driver section - and its not there.
But windows 2000 has this option you can select in the add/remove driver dialoge named "show hidden devices" - when selected, you acutally see a (faded) entry of the card you just "uninstalled".

Now in most cases (at least, from my experience) the actual driver files (eg - .sys/ .inf ) files would have been removed, but the mere fact that windoze remembers this device, and can show some details about it, means that it hasnt totally discarded every bit of data/configurations surrounding it!

All that, is held in the registry, JUST THE SAME, even though you "uninstalled".
In my experience, that data can be unhelpfull when it comes to troubleshooting drivers.

These profiles that are held back silently are located in your registry just the same.

Now, while I have no occular or otherwise proof of this - a strong hunch tells me that the very same thing is true for winXP - with the execption that XP DOESNT have the option "display hidden drivers". (most likely due to them wanting XP to be less technical in certain regards)

I have this hunch because of similiarities in the problems I would have with drivers (seemingly caused by these remnant profiles in Windows 2000) - these problems (which I also stumbled upon in XP, were also resolved by treating them as I would the whole shaded profile feature of w2k - if you get me.
so I'm pretty sure its a "feature" Xp has.

Thats why I reccomended you be as thorough as possible.. and use a registry cleaner.

With winXp (if you're using it) just do what I reccomended on a surface level.

After deinstalling the first time, boot to safe mode and search your hardisk for "Nvidia" for example. (the folder is most commonly found in the root - i.e C:/nvidia)

Also, go to Run promt and type in regedit - and then when the program starts (be carefull here) pres F3 - and search for Nvidia, or anything like that.

Then procede to reboot/ (work from safe mode if you can) and do the reg-clean with REgistry mechanic, (which you would have installed prior to the beginning of your work.

just follow the other steps

good luck
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post #8 of 11
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oh, cool thanks Grim!! i actually used that Driver Cleaner and so far im not having any problems...but yeah thanks for the help, ill remember to do this when i update drivers
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256MB of system RAM? O_o
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post #10 of 11
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256MB of system RAM? O_o
LOL i must have mistaken that for the Gfx memory hahaha
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