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Matt Ryan Oct 23, 2006, 09:55pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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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:

Aopen AK79D-400VN
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.


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Rory Witham Oct 23, 2006, 10:25pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I suspect its heat, during gaming the computer can get hot, there is a protection thing on ATI cards which you need to disable - Im sure someone will point you in the correct direction.

Strip your system down, clean it and then rebuild it. get rid of the dust and check the system temps in the BIOS and with something like MBM5 (or what ever they are on to now)

Clean up your system reg files, you can do this manually or using regcleaner, you may find system mechanic pro's trial will fix some of the issues if not all of them, defrag, compress MBR and REG. then give it a try.

Should be fine. Check for abnormal processes running in the taskmanager just to make sure you dont have viruses and spyware.

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Matt Ryan Oct 23, 2006, 10:33pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks for the reply Rory.

I don't know how to turn of the ati setting to shut down when over heating...but at the moment for "testing purposes" I've turned my resolution down to 1024x768 on Counter Strike with all graphics still on high, and I've been playing with no freeze for about 45 minutes.

My monitor refresh rate is at 75hz I don't know if that should be changed, anyone knows?

Matt Ryan Oct 24, 2006, 01:21am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Man, I'm having the wierdest troubleshooting experience with this computer ever! I just decied to run the Hitachi IBM DFT for both my drives -- at the moment my primary and secondary both completed the quick test fine, but when doing the advanced test for the primary I recieved a Disposition Code 0x72 error. Oh joy. So what does that mean? My hardrive is bad/corrupt?

See, I was starting to think it was my graphics card. I turned down my resolution to 1024x768 and was able to get on Source and play for hours non stop without any crashing. Now this test is telling me a bad hardrive? Man! What stress.

I feel like the whole system is falling apart. Either that, or I must be dreaming. Anyone experience something similar while troubleshooting. I can't seem to get a good clue to what's going on, becuase once I think it's one thing, another thing appears.

Right now I'm running the DFT for my Maxtor secondary drive to see if I also get the same error--maybe just a bug with the DFT for non Hitachi drives, I don't know :(.

Also, for some more history (since I've had wierd problems with this machine before); about a year and a half ago from now, my syste was rebooting randomly even while running regular applications. I troubleshooted then and realized that one of the pins connecting the power supply to the motherboard was "browned", so I replaced the power supply with a new Thermaltake Butterfly and it worked fine with no rebooting.

Well the problem is back, but I just don't think it's the power supply this time. If some people reply with their ideas, before I take this mother-fer apart again and go through parts 1 by 1 for the third time, it would be much appreciated!!! It just seems like to much possibilities and I've tried to narrow it down, but could it be--everything going bad? lol

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