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Old 27th October, 2005, 11:59 AM
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Crashes in Counter Strike.

Dear Friends,

I've just built my first AMD system having been a confirmed Intel user for years. This is also the first time I've used a Nvidia card for a few years. In terms of my system's performance, I'm very agreeably surprised.

My build went reasonably well, although I hate the location of the 24 socket on my Epox 9NPA+Ultra mobo. Windows Xp installed and updated OK as did all my hardware, with the exception of the USB ports which don't seem to recognise my Microsoft Force Feedback Pro 2 joystick. Very sad as my main game diversion is FS 2004.

My son's main interest in life is playing Counter Strike on line which is where my main hassle is. Counter Strike and Half Life 2 regularly crash with a sound loop. I've been to Steam and followed all the solutions posted on the support site but without success. Far Cry plays like a dream.

Ive tried a number of sound and graphics drivers, doing a full safe mode uninstall and re-install. I've run Memtest 86 and my Corsair RAM runs without error. The highest temperature my CPU reaches is 50c under full load. I have a 530W PSU and my voltages are stable.

I've tried running Half Life 2 without sound but it simply won't load. I've tried running the Steam games (both online and single player) but with the same result. It may be possible to play Counter Strike for an hour before it crashes with the sound loop but often it crashes after a couple of minutes. This happens whether the system is hot or cold.

I know that I am a member of a sad band of posters with an identical problem searching the web for a solution and now I'm stumped.I post this more in hope than expectation.

Many thanks for your attention.

My system....

AMD 664 Athlon 4000+ San Diego
Stock cooler
Epox 9npa Ultra
1 Gb Corsair TwinXLL 3200 Pro (2x512Gb)
BFG Geoforce 7800GT OC
1x Maxtor 160Gb IDE 0 Master, PATA
1xHitachi 120Gb IDE 0 Slave, PATA
Plextor 716A DVD writer
Nebula DigiTV digital TV PCI card.Tagan
TG530-U15 Modular PSU
Coolermaster Black Widow case
Using on board sound connected via digital coaxial to Denon HD500SD AV system.
All voltages and settings to default (I don't overclock).
Windows XP Home SP2
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Old 27th October, 2005, 12:58 PM
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First off, what Nvidia forceware drivers are you using?

Secondly, can you try running CS with the digital TV tuner card removed?

thirdly, what version of chipset drivers are you using?
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Old 27th October, 2005, 05:23 PM
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Many thanks for a prompt reply dsio. These are my current drivers....

Nvidia chipset version 5.10.2600
Audio drivers version 5.10.5774
Graphics driver Nforce version 81.85.

I've tried a number of different versions of these drivers and different combinations of them. I've downloaded but have'nt tried the most recent Omega drivers dated June 2005 but have'nt yet tried them yet.

I'll try or get my son to try playing Counter Strike with the DigiTv card removed and get back to you.

Thanks again,

Ron
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Old 27th October, 2005, 05:29 PM
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try this please:

steam://validate/240

jsut click the link above with steam closed, adn it will verify that all you CS:S files are in the proper shape and not corrupted.

please see this thread for more info:

Halflife 2 Deathmatch Crashing
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Check your sound drivers carefully.

If possible test with the onboard sound disabled.
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