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Hey, I've got a problem which I *think* is attributed to my video card. I'm able to play Quake 4, Doom 3, Half-Life 2, Need For Speed: Most Wanted, all at ultra settings @ 1680x1050, with no slowdowns whatsoever. The maximum temp I get while playing those games is a shocking 84C, but I have a Zalman VF900Cu on the way (should be here tomorrow).

Quake III Arena, however, locks up my system after only a few minutes of play. This game is ancient by today's standards (8+ years old), and for some reason my computer is crippled by this game, and has to be rebooted via the reset button. I've tried 3 different nVidia drivers (93.71's, 94.24's, and the 162.15's), and they all produce the same weird lockup. Used DriverCleaner Pro and rebooting to wipe clean before trying a different driver.

Is this a possible heat related lockup? Or something more sinister requiring an RMA? Thanks.
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Nice cooler. Let us know the performance after you get it.

I don't know the answer to the Quake III question. Maybe it's really horribly optimized? Lol. I really don't know.

At this time though, I would assume it is the GPU cooler. I've had so many crap stock cooling fans burn out or go haywire and experience similar lockups and resets - ugh. Stick with that theory now and maybe try to wait to game or use anything GPU consuming. Personally, I wouldn't even use the computer if that's an option.

Is your hardware really dusty? Keep that stuff clean and use filters if you can.

You get good CPU temps?

EDIT: BTW, my 7950GT has a passive cooler (seriously, sick of GPU fans LOL) and moderate case airflow - in those games you listed on high settings, I don't peak 60-62C last time I checked.
    
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I dust my case weekly as a precaution, so I doubt that's the case. I'll remove the video card tomorrow and do a thorough dusting of the heatsink/fan. My cpu temps rarely get above 48C under load in Orthos (3.33GHz, 1.4vcore).
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Originally Posted by afzsom View Post
I dust my case weekly as a precaution, so I doubt that's the case. I'll remove the video card tomorrow and do a thorough dusting of the heatsink/fan. My cpu temps rarely get above 48C under load in Orthos (3.33GHz, 1.4vcore).
I have the same problem in BF2142 with my 7900GS, so I'm picking up an HR-03 or VF-900 for it. It'll play for 30-45 mins and then lock up and force a hard reboot, I can't stand it!

Lemme know if you figure it out..
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Have you tried different settings with Q3 Arena, like no AA?
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I tried the default config, lowest graphical settings, and it crashed on me as well. Perhaps it really is a driver issue? I'll try rolling back to the 93.71's, maybe earlier. I'll report back in a little while.
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I tried the default config, lowest graphical settings, and it crashed on me as well. Perhaps it really is a driver issue? I'll try rolling back to the 93.71's, maybe earlier. I'll report back in a little while.
See if the 92.91 driver supports your GFX.

Check here, try the XG drivers.
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Try to play it at stock settings!
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Do you use ATITool or RivaTuner at all?
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