Hi all, I've posted before concerning the issue and went through the freeze/restart checklist here in the forums to try and trouble shoot.
Well, I did basically everything I could--without going 'bonkers' and extremely stressed, but I still keep getting this freeze problem.
I am on a clean install of Windows XP Pro SP2 with all updates installed with DX9.0c and updated drivers for:
Athlon 3000+ XP 400fsb
1GB Corsair XMS 3200C2
Radeon 9800 Pro
Audigy 2 (not sure of the version)
Although the system is old, I cannot afford a new one at the moment, but I wish it would play games as it used to--with no freezes. Before, which was a while ago (before this semester started) I was able to play games like Guild Wars and Counter Strike Source fine, but now I've been getting errors. I'm trying to figure out if hardware is dying, but I've switched some stuff and the problems keep going...
For some reason, when I play a video game, the computer will lock up -- however I've just noticed that I am able to alt-tab and ctrl alt delete and eventually I am able to gain control of the PC and get things stable (get the game closed out).
I don't know if it's infact hardware any more or if it could be software. Before my clean install of the system I was getting blue screen errors for ati2dvag.dll, so I figured maybe it was bad drivers, but now the game still locks up. I haven't gotten a blue screen yet (setting turned on), but still the computer will freeze.
When running regular applications, Word, etc, it will run flawless with no problems. Computer runs ~42C CPU, ~30C System on load. Before my clean install I was able to run through 3d Mark 2003 with no problems, but when playing CSS and Guildwars etc, the computer would eventually lock up.
The cooling seems to be good, even though I cannot tell if my Radeo 9800Pro is cool too, but when I put my hand next to the fans on the side, the air is fairly cool.
I ran memtest86+ and no problems came up with my memory--although a month ago I did have to reseat them.
I was reading that someone reseated their Radeon for about 2 weeks, put it back in their system and it eventually worked. Could that be possible?
I really just wish I can blow some steam playing a video game here and there before class, but it's been a problem since the beginning of the semeste.
The only thing that I have not really replaced was the motherboard, mouse and keyboard. Logitech Multimedia Keyboard, G5 mouse -- for more info. Hardrives (2), but they seem to be working fine, no problems there.
Another thing I was thinking is maybe the universities internet connection is slow causing the problem? But I don't know...
If anyone has had experiences like this in the past, or know of some things that could be helpful please--I beg of you to post! I am a decent trouble shooter, and have gone through the steps, so what else can be done, if anything without having to spend money. I really wanted to wait until Vista came out to put out for a new system.