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Windows 7: When I shoot or crash in new games my pc crashes

08 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
When I shoot or crash in new games my pc crashes

Hey guys, this is my first time doing this so please be patient,

I bought GTA complete pack from steam from steam the other day and patiently waited for the 40gb of files to download and they all ran fine but when I play GTA IV it runs fine until I shoot someone or crash in a car.

When I shoot or crash then the screen goes black, the sound loops and the only way I can do anything is if I use task manager to shut down my pc (and even then it gets to "shutting down ..." and stays there until I hold down the power button). When I turn it back on everything is fine but I don't know why it's doing it.

The same thing also happens when I crash in Burnout Paradise or shoot in Battlefield 3 and I have tried to unistall and reinstall all games and nothing changes.

All drivers and games are up to date.

Any ideas guys?

PC Specs:

Processor: AMD Athlon II X4 635 (2.9 GHz)
Graphics: Palit Nvidia Geforce GTS 450 (1GB, DDR5)
OS: Windows 7, 64 bit, Service pack 1

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08 Dec 2011   #2
Hipster Doofus

Windows 7 Pro x64 -- PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty 2011

Have you tried verifying the files through steam? Such a big download maybe something got missed.
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08 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2

its a bit to big of thing to be a coincidence for all the games, and BF3 is a origin game not steam.

im going to predict its either a RAM fault or a GPU issue.

try running memtest Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool and see if you get any crashes or blue screens.

if it doesnt show any, its still worth taking out all bar one ram stick, testing, then swaping it for another ect

forgive my poor manners! Welcome to the forum :)
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09 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

right so I'm now really confused, all 3 games just randomly started working. I did clear my temp files a few days ago but BF3 froze many times after I did that. But at the moment all 3 games are working fine
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09 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Ahhhh GTA just crashed I'm really confused now because it worked yesterday
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09 Dec 2011   #6

64bit Windows 7 Ultimate

So when you crash a car in the game...the pc crashes? Now that is what i call a realistic game! You have to love the new technology haha,just messing with you, have you tried some basics like defragging your hardrive( dont if its a ssd) , running virus scans, doing a disc clean up and so on? If not try it,maybe it will help.

Also run a benchmark test like 3d mark, if it crashes or shutsdown you know atleast its not a problem with your games. Then try running each major hardware seperatly on stress test. For xample, you can remove the cpu test on 3d mark to see if its the gpu thats faulty, or run prime95 to test your cpu, and use memtest for ram and so on. I know this is not an answer you want, but it usually helps me when i need to know whats causing problems.

Ps. Welcome to seven forums!
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10 Dec 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit

I also suggest checking your heat in your PC. Hardware will crash & burn if it is too hot in your case (RAM is notoriously known for this, as well as the CPU). Heat monitoring software is free to download from searching on Google. My computer beeps at me if my case temperature starts rising above 71. Thankfully I haven't experienced any heating crashes.
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10 Dec 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I don't think its a virus (if it is its incredibly well hidden) because i've scanned with kaspersky and mbam.

It could be overheating, I'll have to look into that. But I don't think there is anything wrong with the hardware because other game run fine.

Also I have seen on other forums that dodgy sound could be to blame, how would this make my pc crash and if it is that how do I fix it?
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10 Dec 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit

Well, the Audigy 2 was somewhat well known to cause some PC games to crash. I just use the onboard sound, and it works fine for me.
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12 Dec 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

yeah I'm using onboard sound too but I'm just thinking that this is bound to be caused by something stupid because for a few days it worked and now it doesn't
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