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Windows 7: Computer Hangs while gaming


08 Jul 2011   #1

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Computer Hangs while gaming

Having an issue with my laptop and gaming, the games should by no means cause it to hang like this. Even older games like Half life will hang

I will be playing along and the game will hang, or freeze for a few seconds then go back to normal. This is kinda frustrating especially while playing online...

any thoughts? Specs are listed with the exception of 12 gig of RAM

Also a friend of mine has pretty much identical setup with the difference of a 640 gig hard drive where mine is 500, both are 5400 rpm, and his video card is a different model, cant remember the number but notebook check only listed it as a couple % points higher than mine

Thanks, just wondering if I have something running in the background or what

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08 Jul 2011   #2

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Are the drivers up to date? Is whatever games you're playing patched to the most recent versions?

Have you overclocked anything? Is your RAM running at the default settings? If so, download CPU-Z and see what timings and voltage are recommended by the SPD. Or, if it's easier, look on the heatspreader for the same info and input the timings manually.
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08 Jul 2011   #3

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Games i am playing are on steam, i would assume they update automatically?

Newb question SPD?

I can use whatever tools necessary to get you output so you can hopefully help resolve my problem
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08 Jul 2011   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 1fox2go View Post
Games i am playing are on steam, i would assume they update automatically?

Newb question SPD?

I can use whatever tools necessary to get you output so you can hopefully help resolve my problem
What about your video card drivers, are those up to date?

Download this: CPU-Z, and go to the 'SPD' tab and see what information you receive. SPD, by the way, is Serial Presence Detect. In a nutshell, it provides the data from which programs like CPU-Z (and your boards BIOS) can read.
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08 Jul 2011   #5

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Here you go, i have 3 memory slots and all 3 are the same



going to look up drivers for the Video card now
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08 Jul 2011   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 1fox2go View Post
Here you go, i have 3 memory slots and all 3 are the same



going to look up drivers for the Video card now
Good, now go into your BIOS and use the timings for 1066 (533MHz). Don't worry about tRC, that you can leave on auto. Your main concern is setting the first five timings: 7-7-7-20 and the DRAM voltage to 1.5.

I might be wrong, but the 609 setting looks like an EPP profile especially considering the native speed is 1066.

EDIT: Wow I am very speshul (yes, speshul ) it just dawned on me you said you were using a laptop. I doubt you'll be able to set the timings manually as it's likely pre-configured. Are you sure it's not overheating at all? Still check the drivers but my advice about the RAM timings....ignore it. Lol
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08 Jul 2011   #7

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This post may be helpful to you, and certainly worth looking through.
Tips on Troubleshooting Game Issues


If you use Steam for your games, the games themselves should be patched to the latest version already.
There are only a couple of exceptions, with certain games the use GFWL, that a patch may be needed.
However, GFWL will warn you and ask you to patch the game when you start it.

It may also be worth running the "Verify Intergrity of Game Cache" option for the particular game in Steam, just to be sure.



-- Im curious why you need 12GB of RAM though? This is really only helpful for High memory use, 64bit programs or if running multiple virtual machines.
Of course, if you do these things its quite understandable.


However, for gaming, it really does not help.
Most games are 32bit apps, and can only use a Maximum of 2GB system RAM anyway.
This is why many will say 4GB is the sweet spot for gaming, and up to 8GB if you want more.

If you have no specific need for that much RAM, it is possible it could hinder performance rather than help. Depending on the rest of the Hardware.
(Not saying this is the case, just a possibility)

More RAM slots full = More stress. And mixing/matching RAM could potentially cause some issues as well.
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08 Jul 2011   #8

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tried to do that it says to close any games and tools, which i did and it still wont verify

also here is the link to the acer site

http://support.acer.com/us/en/produc...1&modelId=2468

, if you scroll down to video, it says 6650/6850, i have a 5650....

yes i am on a laptop, i cant see it as overheating, as it makes no difference how long i play...i can play for a couple hours or less than 1 hour and it still randomly hangs for a few seconds. Its caused me to get killed on Killing Floor quite a few times

I think i can rule out network lag because i play Duke nukem forever solo and it still hangs, same with Half life

stumped here as my friend has 0 issues at all
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08 Jul 2011   #9

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That shouldn't matter in the least. Drivers are drivers, if it bothers you that much then download CCC from AMD directly.
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08 Jul 2011   #10

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so i can download that driver and update? its saying the date of 11/19/2010 where mine on the system is 4/26/2010
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