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Not really sure where to post this, figured this is as good a place as any. Pre-note: nothing is overclocked.

Anywho, the rig I built back in July has developed a problem, it locks up when playing AoE 3 and CSS (after about 10 minutes of play), however, it doesn't lock up when I play WoW (video settings maxed out on all of them). This all seemed to start when I installed UT3 and started playing it, I would play for 20 mins or so and it would lock up. I did this a few times, and noticed that windows would load slower every time I manually reset my computer after UT3 locked up. So then I figured I would try a few other games and see if it would continue to lock up, and it did for AoE 3 and CSS. Last week, I had to reset the cmos because it wouldn't post, that fixed the posting issue, and about a month ago I re-installed windows hoping that it would fix everything, it didn't. Ran the nvidia stress test for a good 7-8 hours and came up with no errors. I'm just stumped as to what to do now.
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post #2 of 17
by 'locks up' you mean freezes.
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By 'locks up' I mean, I have to push the hard reset button to get back to windows and be able to use it.
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Forgot, 'The Witcher' runs fine too.
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post #5 of 17
Following thes steps to free up some resources from your system:
  1. Clean all temp file with CCleaner and remove unnessery startup apps as well (post a screenshot if you don't know which entry to delete).
  2. Defrag your HDD with Auslogics Disk Defrag (this process my take half an hour).
  3. Restart your Rig.

And to make sure nvidia drivers ain't part of the problem:
  1. Install Driver Cleaner Pro
  2. Download the latest drivers (don't install yet)
  3. Remove nvidia from add/remove programs
  4. Reboot into safe mode (F8 during boot up)
  5. On reboot into safe mode WinXP SP1/SP2 will auto detect and install drivers. Just let it do its thing. If you can cancel out of the auto install hardware wizard then skip the rest and run Driver Cleaner! If you can NOT cancel out of auto detect wizard then...
  6. Navigate to device manager->display adapters->highlight nVidia and click uninstall or remove but don't reboot
  7. Disable any AntiVirus Software (If you don't disable is than it could give trouble)
  8. Run Driver Cleaner
  9. Empty recycle bin (via CCleaner) and reboot
  10. Install the new drivers
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post #6 of 17
Sounds like overheating issue to me. Make sure the fan is working on the graphics card. I had a similar issue when I forgot to plug in the power cable for the fan on my graphics card.
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Originally Posted by SZayat View Post
Following thes steps to free up some resources from your system:
  1. Clean all temp file with CCleaner and remove unnessery startup apps as well (post a screenshot if you don't know which entry to delete).
  2. Defrag your HDD with Auslogics Disk Defrag (this process my take half an hour).
  3. Restart your Rig.


And to make sure nvidia drivers ain't part of the problem:
  1. Install Driver Cleaner Pro
  2. Download the latest drivers (don't install yet)
  3. Remove nvidia from add/remove programs
  4. Reboot into safe mode (F8 during boot up)
  5. On reboot into safe mode WinXP SP1/SP2 will auto detect and install drivers. Just let it do its thing. If you can cancel out of the auto install hardware wizard then skip the rest and run Driver Cleaner! If you can NOT cancel out of auto detect wizard then...
  6. Navigate to device manager->display adapters->highlight nVidia and click uninstall or remove but don't reboot
  7. Disable any AntiVirus Software (If you don't disable is than it could give trouble)
  8. Run Driver Cleaner
  9. Empty recycle bin (via CCleaner) and reboot
  10. Install the new drivers
Didn't help, however, now that I think about it, the games that do work were installed after I removed UT3. I may try re-installing the games to see if that fixes them. Another couple of notes: I think AoE3 will run at lower video settings, and I also noticed when windows boots up, the gradient effect it has when it scrolls those 3 boxes in the middle of the screen is rather choppy.
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post #8 of 17
Does sound like a heat issue to me too. I would reduce any overclocks you have to default, run the same game and see if it freezes. The Witcher might be less demanding or something.

Open up the case and run it with the case open and, if you can, a big fan blowing on it to see if it helps.

If you can also, run a temperature monitor for your processor and GPU at the very least. I would suggest AtiTool and CoreTemp. Make sure you put on logging and check the logs if you are forced to reboot. Report the last temperatures before the freeze here so we can see if it's a heat issue after all or something else.
post #9 of 17
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Borrowed Bioshock from a friend today, played for about 50 minutes earlier, no problems. Maxed video settings (except no DX10 since I'm on xp).
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 (B3) Asus P5K EVGA 8800GTS 640 2 gigs Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800 
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WD 250 gig XP Home 2 x Hyundai 19" widescreen LCDs Corsair hx520 
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post #10 of 17
Did you change anything? Or is it just UT3?
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