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Old 17th April, 2007, 08:40 PM
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Audio and games wipes out my computer

I've been having crashes for the last few weeks, and after watching what's been happening i've worked out what conditions make it happen but i can't even guess why they make my pc crash.

The crash is quite weird, and seems rather unhealthy, the computer just locks up entirely with a loud grating noise through the headphones, and one screen goes black and the other is black with a kind of random ripping effect of other colours. After it my Pc loads up fine with a restart but i've found it only happens if i'm playing a game with audio playing in the background.

BF2 crashes instanly, STALKER after a few mins and css after ten mins or so, but this only happens if i have some kind of audio thing running in the background, i get no crashes otherwise.

I've tried several things and checked stuff. My temperatures are all fine, Memtest86+ passes with no errors, and i left prime95 running all day with no problems, so i think that probably rules out any hardware problems.

I tried moving all my sound stuff to another hardrive (not just partition) to the game, but that made no difference and i tried using a varietyt of media players. I also reinstalled my sound, video drivers and directx but it makes on difference. Also the crahses started after no changes or new software that could cause this kind of problem, i've oinly installed games recently and everything was running fine till this started happening.

Any ideas on what could be causing this crazy crashing?

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Old 18th April, 2007, 01:39 AM
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Post your specs, It'll help. Sounds like a driver problem, what vid card and which drivers?
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Old 18th April, 2007, 08:10 AM
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6800GT with 93.81 beta official drivers
Audigy 2ZS running audigy 4 drivers (this has worked fine for years and isn't the issue)
Windows 2000 Pro SP4 (that WGA insists is a genuine copy....)

Thinking about it, when i reinstalled the video drivers i just clened them and put the beta ones back on, i'll try putting the standard drivers on.

EDIT- just to update, i put the standard drivers back on and thought it was workingas i had no crashes for a while on css, but i loaded up bf2 and bam, it crashes, and i got it to crash on css since then too.
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Old 18th April, 2007, 10:28 PM
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Maybe your PSU isn't quite generous enough?
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Old 18th April, 2007, 11:11 PM
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Maybe your PSU isn't quite generous enough?
Sounds like it could be the PSU - suggest you see if there's anthing like CD & DVD drives you can disconnect to prove the point.

Looking at recent calculations on other threads it was scary that we lose 10-30% of PSU efficiency over 1-3 years.
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Thanks,
Seems like a fair point, i didn't realise the PSUs degrades so much, i don't think i can really disconnect much that would make a difference, but i'll try putting in a second PSU when i get back from school today, then i can plug all the accessories and fans and stuff into that and take the strain off my normal one. I'll tell oyu what happens once i've tried if this makes any difference.
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Old 19th April, 2007, 05:14 PM
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I tried the second psu but it made no difference, still instant crash in bf2 with winamp or media player running so i'm guessing it wasn't power after all. Anyone ever heard of anything like this happening before, i'm running out of ideas, there's only so many times i can reinstall drivers, programs, fiddle with wires and hope it works.

UPDATE: Turning EAX off and putting sound to software stops BF2 crashing so i'm now pointing the finger at sound, though it seems weird that i suddenly started getting this problem for no reason.
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Oc'ing much? You might have corrupted something to do with windows with all that high heat(dropped bit or two), Back off on the oc, do a repair install of 2k and see if that helps.
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