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Hi so I've got a serious technical problem...It doesn't matter what game I play... (Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age 2, World of Warcraft, Crossfire etc.) it just freezes...Like that! After it freezes the computer can't do anything. It doesn't have problems like screen blanking or rainbow colors like that. I have owned this computer for 4 years and it never had any problem till now. Here are my specs...but I doubt it's because of them:
CPU:Amd Athlon 3000+ 64 1,81 GHz
RAM:1 GB
Video:Ati Radeon 1950x PRO
But again I doubt it's because of them.
Please reply soon!
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Hello and welcome to TSF!

I suspect the problem you are having is related to your hardware. Technology jumps and changes every few years with significant improvements being made to their precursors. Your hardware is extremely dated and barely scrapes past the requirements for the lowest demanding game (Crossfire) D:

Crossfire requirements vs your PC

CPU: AMD Athlon 3000+ 64 @ 1.18Ghz vs Pentium 4 @ 1.5GHz - Your PC barely makes this cut.

MEMORY: 1GiB unspecified frequency vs 512MiB unspecified frequency - Your PCs operating system will use anything to one quarter up to around half of this leaving 512MiB for the game itself. So if you have anything else running at all it will cause problems, serious ones.

GPU: ATI Radeon 1950x Pro vs GeForce 5600 Or Equivalent Class - A very dated card. Will struggle to run the game properly.

If you are running Windows XP and above you meet the requirements for the rest.

Summary:
Since Crossfire is the least demanding of all of these games we can rule out playing anything else like WoW, Dragon Age: Origins etc...

Your PC hardware does meet the requirements, but barely. Anything else running other than a vanilla boot (i.e. only what the OS needs) will cause performance issues and starve the game of memory. If this happens it will freeze or crash. This coupled with the weak processor and GPU confirms my suspicion.

When games list their minimum requirements they are just that, the absolute very minimum. I doubt anyone could play a game reasonably well on minimum settings since any change in any of the components will result in problems which is what I think you are experiencing.

You should look into upgrading your system :D

Threads to help you:
Power supplies
Memory

If you cannot be stuffed reading those I personally recommend nothing other than these brands for power supplies and memory respectively:
  • Corsair
  • Thermaltake
  • CoolerMaster

And these for memory
  • Corsair
  • Crucial
  • Kingston
  • OCZ
  • GSkill

Post any questions you have mate :D

If you do decide to build a new machine (I recommend that highly) the build team will help you out :D

Good luck!

Fluidz
 

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...Well if you didn't get my post correctly... The game was freezing because of an old copy of XP. Today I reinstalled XP SP3 and now the only problem is DA:O. I can play it a while but when it needs to load another level or a save it just restarts... In some cases with Blue Screen of Death and in some cases without.
And you also got it wrong... The brown parts were my computer not CF's req.
Btw the cpu was AMD ATHLON 3000+ 64 1,81 GHz not 1,18 GHz
 

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I'm betting half the problem is that more thna half of the RAM you may be suing is paging space on a HDD making it horribly slow and unreliable. I think the game itself uses around 750mb and up of RAM.

Personally my advice for you would have been to not have bought dragon age and to save your money for a new PC.
 

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...Well if you didn't get my post correctly... The game was freezing because of an old copy of XP. Today I reinstalled XP SP3 and now the only problem is DA:O. I can play it a while but when it needs to load another level or a save it just restarts... In some cases with Blue Screen of Death and in some cases without.
And you also got it wrong... The brown parts were my computer not CF's req.
Btw the cpu was AMD ATHLON 3000+ 64 1,81 GHz not 1,18 GHz
Sorry about the wrong colours there mate.

As McNinja and myself have said you should look into getting a new system pronto :D

If you have issues related to BSODs specifically head over to the BSOD forum. Making sure you read this post before you submit a thread.

Regards,

Fluidz
 
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