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My manny handled GTA IV fairly well. I got about 20FPS, tho it would dip down to 12-15 if I got in a big enough crash.


O, and I think my chip's starting to go out. It's been stocked for the longest of times, but as of late, every stability test I run has been showing minor instabilities. Fallout 3, for example, won't stay running more than an hour and a half without acting funny(or outright crashing), and my favorite model in Gmod has the telltale artifacts on it.


You guys think my chipset could be going instead?
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Testecull, sounds like temps issues to me quite honestly. Everything clean inside your case or is there a dead rat in there?
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Testecull, sounds like temps issues to me quite honestly. Everything clean inside your case or is there a dead rat in there?
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Testecull, sounds like temps issues to me quite honestly. Everything clean inside your case or is there a dead rat in there?

I ran FO3 in windowed, while watching CPU core1/core2, sysram load, GPU temp, GPU Mem temp, and some random mobo sensor.


NOTHING was over 45C, and that was my GPU Core. Mind you, this was while it was artifacting. CPU1/CPU2 were both at 31C, and the mobo sensor read a cool 27(This one's likely in-case ambient), with my GPU mem at about 41 or 42.


Pio's thinking chipset via steam chat, ya'll concur? Windows runs fine, 2d apps run fine and it never has issues POSTing. It won't boot off an IDE DVD drive, however. GTA IV crashed once, and took Windows + that functionality with it. Bad bios maybe?
Edited by TestECull - 10/20/09 at 10:13pm
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Testecull, sounds like temps issues to me quite honestly. Everything clean inside your case or is there a dead rat in there?
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N2Gaming, don't laugh. I've cleaned out dead cockroaches from a few PC's including a power supply. The owner of the machine was wondering why it wouldn't turn on...geee I wonder why LOLLL.

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Mind you, this was while it was artifacting.
TestECull, good to see you. What kind of artifacting are we talking about here?

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Pio's thinking chipset via steam chat, ya'll concur? Windows runs fine, 2d apps run fine and it never has issues POSTing. It won't boot off an IDE DVD drive, however. GTA IV crashed once, and took Windows + that functionality with it. Bad bios maybe?
I thought you mentioned above that you were having difficulties passing stability testing? When attempting to boot off a IDE drive do you receive any error messages at or after POST?

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TestECull, good to see you. What kind of artifacting are we talking about here?

Forgetting models, textures. Mis-loading textures. Physics errors. And then there's just the outright crashes that Fallout 3 is doing....honestly that game doesn't need any additional help in that departmet lol.


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I thought you mentioned above that you were having difficulties passing stability testing? When attempting to boot off a IDE drive do you receive any error messages at or after POST?
POSTS fine. Boots fine off SATA. IDE DVD drive just flat locks up in the first few screens. Also, despite reinstalling Windows to my 320gb SATA drive, I have to set my 120GB IDE drive first in the boot order or it won't boot.
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Forgetting models, textures. Mis-loading textures. Physics errors. And then there's just the outright crashes that Fallout 3 is doing....honestly that game doesn't need any additional help in that departmet lol.
TestECull, that could be more related to the game could it? Do you have another processor you could test with?

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POSTS fine. Boots fine off SATA. IDE DVD drive just flat locks up in the first few screens. Also, despite reinstalling Windows to my 320gb SATA drive, I have to set my 120GB IDE drive first in the boot order or it won't boot.
Check the "boot device priority". That is separate from the "boot order" I believe. What stability tests is your machine failing in?

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TestECull, that could be more related to the game could it? Do you have another processor you could test with?
Gmod has a model that's rather poorly made. It always artifacts with an unstable CPU. I spawned it and, sure enough, it wasn't working properly(The hatch hinged on the wrong point and textures clung to it that shouldn't cling to it). so it's not Fallout specific, altho Fallout is a bit more sensitive to it than other games.

As for another proc....No. And even if I did, I wouldn't use it except as an absolute confirmatory test after ruling everything else out. Why? My chip has an important pin, related to the memory controller, broken off. My repair consists of wedging a piece of a bread tie core into the socket, it's unsoldered. Held in there by friction mainly. If I take this 4200+ out, there's no guarantee I'd be able to get it to work again.


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Check the "boot device priority". That is separate from the "boot order" I believe. What stability tests is your machine failing in?

Good luck
That's what I meant....lol. My IDE drive has to be the first drive the BIOS looks on, despite the OS being on an entirely different drive. Don't ask me how it's booting off of two drives at once, but it is. Boots fine, too, like I said, Window and anything 2d runs fine.
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TestECull, interesting method of testing. I'm assuming you tried different video card drivers for your 8800GS? It is sort of difficult to test the "bad processor" theory since you don't have another AM2 proc to test

What does Prime95/OCCT tests report?

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It got a bit better with 190.17's. I was running 180.18's and it had a HUGE leak from Vram into Sysram, to the point my sysram had 20mb free after about an hour and a half. And then it would crash the driver entirely. 190.17's, however, work great. >512mb free while playing, and no nvkkdlm.dll crashes.

As for P95/OCCT...I don't have either of those on at the moment. Last time I ran an artificial stability test, I was still on a single core . I'll set 'em going when I go to sleep.
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