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CRYSIS, is this a Graphic Card problem??

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First a bit of history, new system that BSOD'ed from day one. Solved the BSOD's by pulling the crappy Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio card and drivers. Now running the onboard Realtek High Definition sound which isn't bad at all compared to a few sound cards I've had.

Now the current problem. If you've played CRYSIS you know the "Pause" takes you to the "options" screen. If I leave it there say while getting a cup of coffee when I come back the screen is over layed with vertical columns of jagged red bars and everything is locked up. If it happens while I'm watching the sound keeps playing for about 15 - 20 seconds and then it goes nuts. The only way out is to reboot the system and there is no BSOD report on restart so it's not a BSOD.

I've tried dropping my grapgics level to Medium but it makes no differance and the in game "optimal" settings set everthing to High at 1024x768. This has also happened in game but seems very random because I can't make it happen in game and the only change from the "pause" crash is the color of the verticle bars. If I'm at a scene with water and sky the bars in that part of the screen are blue and the rest red. Sound continues for the same length of time then goes nuts and everything is locked up.

After going through the BSOD's with the Sound Blaster card the first thing we did was make sure all drivers were up to date for everything so it's not an out of date driver and my system is way over spec for playing CRYSIS and plays it very well ... at least until it crashes.

Anyone have any ideas?

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First off try playing the game with no sound at all and see what happens, go into your bios and turn off the onboard sound. If that doesn't work and you still have graphical problems then it is definitely the video card, although I already predict it is because sound shouldn't affect the visuals of the game, unless it is using up all the memory but you have 4gb.
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I would disable onboard sound in the bios, and try getting new drivers for the soundblaster card.
It will always be better then onboard sound and take some load of your cpu.

But if you want to run onboard, then still disable it and see if it really is what's causing the problem because I'm doubting it's the sound card. Sounds more like your video card is overheating or something.
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Try reinstalling Crysis... It may be an installation error. Then check the GPU Temp too... May be crashing the game cause it's getting so hot.

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