I have a Dell XPS 600 that I bought specifically for gaming. Now no matter what game I am playing my computer freezes about 30 min in. It's with all games, new and old. The screen just goes blank and the audio begins to skip and disappears altogether. Maybe someone can help out, I'm sure I can't be the only one having this problem.
Intel Pentium Duo Core 3.4ghz
2 gb ram
Geforce 9400 gt video card
Sound Blaster 24 bit
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So I found out the problem. I noticed my Dell has these handy lights under the front of USB inputs. They are labeled 1 2 3 4. And they actually light up in a sequence when the computer restarts after a crash. Only the 2 and 4 lights were lit. Looked up the code in the book and it told me that the GPU (graphics card) was having problems. I installed a EVGA Precision, and it said that my GPU was reaching alarmingly high temps. Took it out and noticed the small fan on it wasn't even working. I modded two bigger fans right under my GPU in an extra PCIe slot and it works great now. No more problems. My GPU stays at a steady 60 degrees celsius now 🙂 Sorry Dell, I didnt mean to bash you. I'll think a little more before I post next time.
Your specs are lacking.
What Game Specifically?
Pentium D 3.4Ghz?
30 min leads me to believe that power supply and or GPU are overheating.
What does the event log say?
There are stability issues with the NVIDIA nForceTM 4 chipset which is why everyone stopped using it around 2005.
Yes, pentium D 3.4 ghz..I am currently using 64 bit Windows 7, but it does the same thing with 32 bit 2005 xp media edition, and 32 bit Vista. It does it with all games including Fallout3, Fallout New Vegas, Star Wars KOToR 2, Skyrim, etc. And I don't see an event log.
You won't see an event log. You have to go look at it.
Event Viewer is an advanced tool that displays detailed information about significant events on your computer.
It can be helpful when troubleshooting problems and errors with Windows and other programs.
Open Event Viewer by clicking the Start button ,
clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, clicking Administrative Tools, and then double-clicking Event Viewer.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
There is no one size fits all for all games all systems all the time.
There is no panacea.
Your video card and Ram issues are not going to be fixed in software.
Faulting module name: MSVCR90.dll, version: 9.0.30729.4940, time stamp: 0x4ca2ef57
Exception code: 0xc0000417
Fault offset: 0x00059043
Faulting process id: 0xfb4
Faulting application start time: 0x01cd18b52d0d5e1a
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\WinSxS\x86_microsoft.vc90.crt_1fc8b3b9a1e18-b_9.0.30729.4940_none_50916076bcb9a742\MSVCR90.dll
Faulting application name: bf3.exe, version: 188.8.131.52, time stamp: 0x4f6d0e10
Faulting module name: nvwgf2um.dll, version: 184.108.40.206, time stamp: 0x4f7ae20a
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x001d4653
Faulting process id: 0xc40
Faulting application start time: 0x01cd197ea66caf65
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\system32\nvwgf2um.dll
Report Id: d02dd14f-8577-11e1-9b20-c8600068c791
Log Name: Application
Source: Application Error
Date: 4/22/2012 7:41:07 PM
Event ID: 1000
Task Category: (100)
Faulting application name: swkotor2.exe, version: 220.127.116.11, time stamp: 0x00000000
Faulting module name: swkotor2.exe, version: 18.104.22.168, time stamp: 0x00000000
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x0006f5a2
Faulting process id: 0x120
Faulting application start time: 0x01cd20e9c422e033
Faulting application path: C:\Users\Cody\Desktop\swkotor2.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Users\Cody\Desktop\swkotor2.exe
Report Id: 02e71dec-8cdd-11e1-a57e-00142257e3d4
<Provider Name="Application Error" />
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2012-04-23T00:41:07.000000000Z" />
This is not a dell issue.
I am never buying a Dell again. I'm tired of jumping through hoops, you're supposed to enjoy your personal computer, not have dreams of smashing it.
Any Computer made by Any Vendor with the same hardware and software will be the same.