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when i play games after a while ofplaying the graphics go all messed up, it happens on most games, in some cases turning the settings down stops the problem but with others it still happens, heres a pic of chronicles of riddick, normally happens after a few mins of play.

 

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is it 230v? is that what you mean? strange thing is it does it with most games, some that it never used too, doesnt do it with hl2 though, i just started playing riddick and turned the res down to 400x300 and dispite looking like crap it played for about 15 mins then happened again, it seems the higher i have the res the quicker it crashes. when i then quit back to desktoip theres lines down the middle until i reboot. any other info need just let me know.
 
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Install and run Everest ( link below ) and take a look. Give us your system specs.
 

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ive been having the same problem

ive been having the same problem too, i have a GeForce 5700VE, wish i had a credit card or i could have bought a better one on the net, o well, anyways, i got it about 6 months ago, im stuck with this piece of crap. Neways, here is my everest file and some screens of the games it happens on. it happens on HL2 and all the mods for it, and it happens on F.E.A.R. demo, the exact same thing on 2 different games.

CRAP, all the screenshots turned up black
 

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try running the fear demo on medium settings m8 to see if its the same prob, it ran fine for me till i cranked up the settings which i thought was weird, i disabled 3d sound on riddick and i can play for about 30 mins if i play in 540x480 but then it still crashes, its really doin my head in now cos icant play any of my fave games :)
 

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i figured out my problem, opened up my case and examined my video card and saw that the fan doesnt spin, tried fixin it but it still didnt work, guess i nudge my tower while the fan was spinin, caught somethin and messed it up, what a ****in rip off..... any1 know how much a GeForce 5700VE fan would be? and how to install it?
 

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If your games run properly for a while and then "go bad" after a while that's usually some kind of overheating problem. Usually it's the video card but sometimes it can be the power supply or something else. Given that you're running a Radeon 9600 which is a relatively low-power video card, it's probably the 9600 which is overheating. You can test that theory by running the machine with the case open and aiming a desk fan at the video card. If you can play games longer without problems then something is overheating.
 

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good advice guys i took the case off and could see that the fan on my radeon was trying to spin but wasnt, i took it out and cleaned all the dust off and its spinnig again, gonna try a few games to see if that was the problem, ill report back in a bit
 

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ok i got the graphics card fan running and even plugged an extra fan in i noticed in the case my case temp is down from 21 to 19 but i still have the problem, all be it the game does last longer before crashing ive noticed that my cpu temp is 46 but when i come out of the game after its crashed its up to 49, is that high?

is there anything else i can do to cool it down?
 

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well the fact that it did improve once u had some fans is enough to clarify that is an overheating problem. im defiently no expert, nor decently experienced in this matter other than my own problem i solved(hopefully) yesterday. maybe, u can check and make sure ur fan is still running, regardless of what u might percieve. i thought i had fixed my fan when i opened it up, but it still wasnt spinning after i cleared everything out the way.
 

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That CPU temp is fine for a 1.67GHz Athlon XP. If you run a video card with a dead fan for too long you can damage the GPU (graphics processing unit). It depends on how much you use the video card in 3D mode (when it's most hot) and how well the heatsink dissipates heat when the fan isn't spinning. You can try aiming a fan at the video card to help cool it better. The easiest way to do that is with a slot fan which sucks hot air away from the card. You can also get more expensive gadgets like this which can blow directly on the video card or you can get a plain old case fan and build something inside the case to hold the fan and blow on the video card.

You can also use ATITool to underclock your 9600 as explained here. I've seen people with 9800 Pros with dead fans who solved their problem by fixing the fan and underclocking the GPU a bit. It just depends on how damaged you GPU is. First do the best you can fixing the cooling and then if that isn't enough then find out how much you have to underclock to fix the problem.
 
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