Games crashing

  TimPC 21:26 28 May 2008

Hello, my PC works fine except for when I try to play computer games. It tends to crash after 5-10 mins of playing (tested with Counter Strike: Source, Trials 2 and World in Conflict). Here are some details of my PC from dxdiag:

System Information
Time of this report: 5/28/2008, 21:21:20
Machine name: TIM
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227-2254)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: RS400_
System Model: AWRDACPI
BIOS: )Phoenix - Award WorkstationBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 1022MB RAM
Page File: 267MB used, 2145MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS2
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.2180 32bit Unicode

DxDiag Notes
DirectX Files Tab: No problems found.
Display Tab 1: The file nv4_disp.dll is not digitally signed, which means that it has not been tested by Microsoft's Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL). You may be able to get a WHQL logo'd driver from the hardware manufacturer.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Music Tab: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.
Network Tab: No problems found.

  brundle 21:29 28 May 2008

What graphics card ? Does it have a cooling fan?

  brundle 21:30 28 May 2008

Use this for graphics card info click here

  TimPC 00:04 29 May 2008

Thanks for the reply. Here is the information I got from GPU-Z:

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  simmo09 14:29 29 May 2008

try right click desktop, properties > settings > advanced > troubleshoot tab > turn hardware acceleration down, try each value

  TimPC 16:28 29 May 2008

Okay, I tried what simmo09 suggested but this didn't make any difference. I noticed, using GPU-Z, that it always crashes when it reaches 76-77°C.

There is a fan built into the GPU so I don't understand what the problem is, please help!

  bstb3 17:17 29 May 2008

Son's PC had a similar problem. It turned out to be the cooling wasnt working efficiently due to dust build up around the fans. If the PC has worked fine with games in the past but this issue has come on slowly over time then this may be the cause?

  simmo09 17:22 29 May 2008

try reinstalling DirectX and updating drivers too.

  simmo09 19:36 29 May 2008

any joy?

  Totally-braindead 19:44 29 May 2008

Is the fan on the GPU working though? They do wear out. I must admit especially with the temps you said you had overheating could well be the culprit.

  simmo09 19:46 29 May 2008

yes could be the overheat problem, you havn't tried overclocking your graphics by any chance and fried it?

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