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Windows 7: PC Freezes, no blue screen, while playing games

25 Sep 2012   #31
Vir Gnarus

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That's because of the different manner Reset and Power buttons work in terms of power routing, which would cause those differences in response. The video card may be kept in a bad state during the reset but with complete power off it loses that corrupt state. That's just one way of looking at it.

I honestly think we got a bad video card going on here, skipper. That or a bad mobo. If you or someone you know has a spare video card sitting around, swap that in and test, or at least purchase a cheapo budget one just to test reliability of the card. If the other card works fine, your current one is most certainly bad. The POST code and the fact this only happens during gaming kinda points both fingers at the card.


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25 Sep 2012   #32
SoapyCro

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vir Gnarus View Post
That's because of the different manner Reset and Power buttons work in terms of power routing, which would cause those differences in response. The video card may be kept in a bad state during the reset but with complete power off it loses that corrupt state. That's just one way of looking at it.

I honestly think we got a bad video card going on here, skipper. That or a bad mobo. If you or someone you know has a spare video card sitting around, swap that in and test, or at least purchase a cheapo budget one just to test reliability of the card. If the other card works fine, your current one is most certainly bad. The POST code and the fact this only happens during gaming kinda points both fingers at the card.
Since I'm impatient I'm running prime95 "Blend Test" now. After 30 minutes max CPU temp is 60C and average is around 58C.
And while playing FSX GPU temp doesn't go above 63C (I've played it for about an hour).

Buying a cheap mobo in Croatia is just not possible. Prices are really, really high and life standard is really, really low (just for comparison at the time I bought my GPU (year and a half ago), in USA it costed around $200, I paid for it $275).

Later I'll try to switch my GPU to another PCI-E slot and see what happens.

All my components still have warranty but that's a long process here. So I want to try everything possible before taking that last step. I had one spare GPU but I gave it away few months ago.

One more thing: could this problem be related to FSX maybe? Since that's the only game I'm playing currently. I've played Battlefield 3 before. (I have around 150 hours spent in it, without any problem)
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25 Sep 2012   #33
Vir Gnarus

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Again, make sure that each run of Prime95 is at least 8 hours, one for Blend and one for Large FFTs.

I'm sorry to hear about the difficulty, but it should not be an insurmountable task to get a budget workstation video card to test with (I'm talking like $20-$50 US dollars here). It's unfortunate that we're dealing with hardware because that often is very difficult to ascertain properly. Try the other PCI-E slot, and then also make sure to play more than one game, preferably games with very high graphics (another option is running the free Unigine benchmark). If it ends up BSODing only on FSX (you're referring to Microsoft Flight Simulator, yes?) then we'll have to deal with other components that are specifically used for that game. Something specifically in that game would have to trigger this (if that's the case of course).
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27 Sep 2012   #34
SoapyCro

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Prime95 runs without erros (both Large FFTs and Blend). I've tried running Unigine Benchmark for an hour, no problems. Max GPU temp is 73C. And I'm running HWINFO while playing FSX (yes, it is Flight Simulator X), but BSOD didn't occur for the past 2 days. (note I didn't change anything so probably problem is still here)
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29 Sep 2012   #35
SoapyCro

Windows 7 x64
 
 

3 days, still no BSOD.
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01 Oct 2012   #36
Vir Gnarus

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So switching the slot helped? That's not good at all. Either the card was actually inserted improperly at first or there was debris in the slot that caused a connection issue, all of which was resolved when you switched to a new slot, or the motherboard itself has bad slots, which means the motherboard is unreliable and should be replaced.
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01 Oct 2012   #37
SoapyCro

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vir Gnarus View Post
So switching the slot helped? That's not good at all. Either the card was actually inserted improperly at first or there was debris in the slot that caused a connection issue, all of which was resolved when you switched to a new slot, or the motherboard itself has bad slots, which means the motherboard is unreliable and should be replaced.
Nope. The last thing I did was replace the Saitek drivers. I didn't do any hardware related changes.
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01 Oct 2012   #38
Vir Gnarus

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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What Saitek device do you use? Sounds like it's something like a joystick that you would otherwise not use in BF3. That would explain why it's only crashing on that game and not the other.
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01 Oct 2012   #39
SoapyCro

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Pro Flight Yoke.
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01 Oct 2012   #40
Vir Gnarus

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That's what I figured. Installing driver updates for that happened to cure your problem?
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