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  Constant freezes while playing, what's the problem? 
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Lukas Eibensteiner Jul 27, 2010, 12:25pm EDT Report Abuse
Hello everybody,

Everytime I play one of my newer games (Crysis Warhead, Mirror's Edge) the screen freezes after 1-10 Minutes.
The sound is still there for a few seconds and after this the screen takes one single colour, usually in the tone of the last displayed frame.
I can't find any pattern in the intervals of time this keeps happening, it just always does. Setting graphics to lowest or highest makes no difference.
But there are actually levels/areas in which I have the feeling, this happens less often and after I'm through this part of the game, I can go on playing for a while. Don't know if that helps solving this.

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 630 Box 4x 2,8GHz
Board: ASRock A770DE+
Videocard: Club3D HD4670 512MB
Memory: 4096MB-Kit GEIL Value PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL5
HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB, SATA II (HD502HJ)
Case: Xigmatek Asgard
Power Supply Unit: Xilence Power 420 Watt / SPS-XP420.(12)R
Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

Tested my system with Furmark and Prime95 and the temperatures were not that high.
And I guess, if it was a temperature problem it could not happen after only one minute of playing.

Memtest could not find any problem with the RAM.

I installed new graphic drivers, but I'm not sure if the old one is deleted.

I'm on my wits' end.
Thank you for your help!

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Joshua Marius, LeThe Aug 02, 2010, 09:24am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Constant freezes while playing, what's the problem?
Hi Lukas,

I looked at the specifications of your Club3D HD4670 512MB video card, and noticed that it had the following listed as a requirement:
450 Watt or greater Power Supply.

However, it looks as if you only have a 420 Watt power supply. This could be your problem. So as a test, you can try a more powerful power supply, I would suggest at least 500 W or more to be safe.

Quick Edit: Seems like the 512 version only requires a 400 Watt Power Supply, it's the 1024 version that requires at least 450 W. I would still suggest that you test out your PSU as well just to make sure it's in good conditions, supplying the adequate voltages. If available try a different PSU as a quick test.

Joshua Marius
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