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Ok, here goes:

Starting probably a week or so ago, my computer has had some trouble running. Firstly, after playing a graphically intense game for a few minutes, it starts to lag like crazy. I thought that maybe my comp was overheating, so I opened it up and cleaned it (it is a desktop, btw). That did not solve the problem. The thing is that it runs completely smooth on games for several minutes, and then it starts to lag. Then it stops lagging and runs smooth again.

I have evaluated all processes that I am running. I have tried checking for viruses. I have tried checking for spyware/adware. Nothing seems to be helping.

Additionally, another problem arose a few days ago. On a few occasions when I have restarted my computer, when it enters Windows XP, either it freezes or a huge graphical glitch appears across my screen (a bunch of diagonal colored patterns). Restarting it again just repeats the problem. The only way I was able to solve it was to enter safe mode and to reinstall my graphics drivers. However, this problem-series (i.e., in which it freezes on restart and can only be fixed by reinstalling graphics drivers) has occurred twice today, so I cannot continue to reinstall the drivers every time it happens or I will probably go insane.

My brother suggested that it might be that my hard drive is burning out (which would cause the slow down with my games) and/or parts of it are wearing out (which might cause certain software, e.g., my drivers, to fail). What do you guys think? Are these problems probably linked? And what should I do? Any suggestions, guys and gals?

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 8
hi marron, welcome to OCN, could you give a little more insight into what hardware your running on that rig? this sounds like a GPU error, seems like your artifacting to me. Is anything overclocked?

could also be motherboard related

you might want to check your temps also using a program called coretemp, but thats just to be safe, this definitly sounds like a GPU problem, POSSIBLEY mobo..

do you have any other hardware you can test on that rig?
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post #3 of 8
it could be. withmy experience with hd problems it laged all the time not just playing games.
have you used driver cleaner pro or driver sweeper after uninstalling the drivers for you videocard. then reinstalled or just reinstalled the drivers?
post #4 of 8
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I'll download CoreTemp and see if it is getting hot at all.

Nope, I am not overclocking anything.

No, I don't think I have any other hardware I can test.


Ok, I just added my system specs to my profile.
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ MSI K8N SLI Nvidia GeForce 7600 GS 2GB DDR 
Hard DriveOS
160 GB, and 400 GB Windows XP 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ MSI K8N SLI Nvidia GeForce 7600 GS 2GB DDR 
Hard DriveOS
160 GB, and 400 GB Windows XP 
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post #5 of 8
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Driver cleaner pro or driver sweeper. I'll try those.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ MSI K8N SLI Nvidia GeForce 7600 GS 2GB DDR 
Hard DriveOS
160 GB, and 400 GB Windows XP 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ MSI K8N SLI Nvidia GeForce 7600 GS 2GB DDR 
Hard DriveOS
160 GB, and 400 GB Windows XP 
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post #6 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by marron View Post
I'll download CoreTemp and see if it is getting hot at all.

Nope, I am not overclocking anything.

No, I don't think I have any other hardware I can test.


Ok, I just added my system specs to my profile.
try using speed fan or everest instead of coretemp. core temp reads some amd cpu wronge
post #7 of 8
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Ok, Speedfan gives me two core readings. One is 47C; the other is 100C. It also has my GPU at 105, but I read somewhere that Speedfan does not measure your GPU.
Edited by marron - 5/23/08 at 9:32pm
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ MSI K8N SLI Nvidia GeForce 7600 GS 2GB DDR 
Hard DriveOS
160 GB, and 400 GB Windows XP 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ MSI K8N SLI Nvidia GeForce 7600 GS 2GB DDR 
Hard DriveOS
160 GB, and 400 GB Windows XP 
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