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Games Locks Up. Plz Help.

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Hi. I’m having trouble with my video and don’t know where to start to look for a solution. If anyone can give me some tips I would greatly appreciate it.

A couple games are “sticking” or freezing for 2-3 seconds. HalfLife2 is doing this so often its not worth playing. It was not so bad a few months back when I first started playing. BattleField 2 is much better but it still stops now and then. No other games do this. I have the recent nVidia driver 77.77. This was happening with the last driver too…but BattleField 2 was totally freezing, which it no longer does. Now it just locks for 2-3 seconds. Is this a matter of settings or worse?

My computer stats are bellow. Thank you.

Case - ASPIRE (Turbo Case) X-Superalien Blue Aluminum Server Case
Power Supply - Aspire Turbo Case 500W 12V Black Dual Fan Aluminum Power Supply
Mobo - MSI "K8N Neo2 Platinum" NVIDIA nForce3 ULTRA Chipset for AMD Socket 939
CPU - AMD Athlon 64 3500+, 512K, L2 Cache, 64-bit Processor 939 Pin
RAM - 2 Gigs of Corsair Value Select 184 Pin 512MBx4 DDR PC-3200
Video Card - BFG GeForce 6800GT, 256MB GDDR3, 256-Bit, 8X AGP
Hard Drive - Maxtor 300GB 7200RPM SATA, 16 MB Buffer, Model 6B300S0
Monitor - UltraSharp 2001FP 20.1-inch Flat Panel LCD
OS - Windows XP Pro
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Just to get started why not run a temperature check for both at-rest and under-stress and see what readings you get. Also, check to see what the voltage output is at the same time. Report these and it might help to guide us.
Hi. Thanks for the feedback. How do you do the things you suggest?

From the case I can get two temps...
CPU = 33 & HDD = 26

If you have an onboard temperature program (I don't have one of those boards, but would guess you have a program that is built in), then look at the temps when the computer is sitting idle, then play a stressful game or work the computer hard, then recheck the temps and report them.

With the voltages, then just check those from the same program. We need the voltage from each rail.

If you need an auxilliary program to check those, then here are some free downloads that work well:

Sandra Lite Utility


Speedfan will tell you the temperatures and a whole lot more. It's free


I'd also recommend Motherboard Monitor 5, which can be found below: You do need to know that support for this product has been discontinued, but it is still available in the lastest form with the link below:


Oh, the initial temperature report you gave looked fine so far.

While we are exploring issues, do you have the latest drivers loaded for your video card?
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