Please can anyone help, WheneverI try to play a game on the PC it runs for a few seconds then freezes and I have to restart the PC. I have updated the motherboard and graphics card drivers but this hasn't helped. The system spec is as follows. Windows Home edition. Asrock 4 core Dual-VSTA Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Geil 2GB Memory ATI 1650 PRo PCI Express.
So many things it could be. Low disk space psu failing or not powerfull enough
?Too many programs open simultaneously
?Low CPU speed
?Overheating - random lockups that start several minutes after you start up the PC are often the result of the processor cooling fan not working properly
?Some non-standard applications are suspect with freezing problems
?Memory chip problems
?Virus If you know it started recently,do a restore to before that time in case it's a software problem or programme you recently installed. 1. clean inside of pc of dust. 2. defrag. 3. virus scan. 4. spyware scan. 5. turn off all running programmes when playing a game.Better still,disable programmes at start up. 6. re check driver to make sure you downloaded the correct version for your card and O.S.
I would be tempted to think overheating is the most common cause of problems of this type as it only happens when you play games. Playing games will stress the graphics card making it work hard and causing it to fail. Playing DVDs will not stress the card to the same degree and therefore it wouldn't get so hot and consequently wouldn't overheat. I would do the clean out suggested inside the case and make sure the fans are all running, particularly the one on the graphics card.
sounds like a heat issue to me to, run click here minimise it and it will display all readable temps in the top r/h/s of you screen as soon as the game starts, ie before the freeze alt/tab and check temps of grx, cpu and motherboard.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions, I have tried them all but still having gaming problems. The game I am using is Attack on Pearl Harbor, works fine on other PC,s When I try to play the game I get the following Windows error message, "Thread stuck in device drive, manualy decrease hardware acceleration" I have done this but still get the same Windows error message.