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I have a problem i can't really pinpoint.
When playing any game the computer crashes after about 10m of the game and gives me a blank blue screen. Just that, a blank blue screen with nothing working. After rebooting it gives me the usual serious error stuff. What is causing this?
Things i Tried:
Scanned my RAM -
Checked if RAM was thoroughly attached
Reinstalled Video Drivers
Checked CPU Fan
wasn't able to detect anything being wrong...
The following files will be included in this error report:
BCCode : 1000007e BCP1 : C0000005 BCP2 : BFB3A600 BCP3 : A8984AAC
BCP4 : A89847A8 OSVer : 5_1_2600 SP : 2_0 Product : 256_1
Yeah, a couple of years back I had a similar problem (not in terms of the error message, but the pc would just randomly stop working). Turns out my power supply was struggling...getting a supply that actually matches the rest of my PC sorted it out.
A few years before that it was my entire system overheating that was causing another similar issue.
I'd recommend removing any peripherals you have attached and updating any drivers you can think of.
If your RAM is in multiple sticks or you have access to more RAM I would try swapping out your modules one at a time.
I have been hacking together computers since the Windows 3.11 days. I am by no means an expert but I've installed a lot of hardware, and thrown a lot out the window.
My most frequent window-flier is anything labeled ATI. I have almost never had one good experience with **anything** ATI, from simple bottom-end cards to bigger ones. Blue screens, freezes, hours and hours chasing support and software issues, digging through worthless white papers, bulletins and other support documents, finally only solved by taking the #$%#$% thing out and using ANYTHING else.
I know the ATI 9600 is one of the gamers' favorite cards, but I avoid ATI at all costs for this reason. Somehow I miraculously managed to install a 9600 in my wife's computer as a second card (don't ask how I came by this card,) and it took two days to get all issues resolved. NEVER AGAIN.
It's like Norton: people rave about it, it's the best thing in the world until something goes wrong, then you're hosed and a solution will be as elusive and vague as this post.
Best of luck to you, but if you want to solve it quick and solid get rid of the ATI card.
I'd say motherboard or other hardware, but you say it only happens when you're playing this one game.
If the game is being played off the CD / hardrive at the same time, you might want to see if this is a disk access / CD player problem. You can eliminate the CD by moving all the files to your hard drive. You can eliminate the hard drive using your OS supplied tools And / Or you might want to try reloading the game itself.
lajkonik86, if you can, swap out your video card - maybe you have one as part of your motherboard? - with something that matches/exceeds the requirements of the games you're playing and see what happens.
I joined the franchise with version III; how's Civ IV in comparison?
If this is XP (sorry I don't see OS anywhere), this is not enough, you will need at least 1GB to keep an XP box humming - ESPECIALLY if you are doing any gaming. Promise. But that's not the problem, IMO.
I bet to differ, I had no problems with 512 megs of ram for the first few years when I built my first xp box (amd xp2700 processor fsb333) I didn't have problems until recently (currently running a gig) because my processer is crapping out on me
And make sure your video card drivers/software are uptodate.
I have Galactic Civilizations II running on my Tablet (512MB memory, Intel 915 Integrated Graphics) and it runs - if only just. It wouldn't run very well if I adjusted the ingame settings too high.
Even my desktop can slow down a bit when running this game with all the options turned on (Althon FX64 thing, 2GB RAM, fast graphics card). Make sure that you've not adjusted the settings too high.
GalCiv2 IS a demanding game - and the longer a game goes on the more resources it takes up (still your desktop shouldn't be having problems after only 10 minutes).
Check what other programs are running on the PC. If you have too many things - e.g. skype, apache, norton (so resource hungry I don't use it), file sharing - then your pc will be struggling as soon as you start a game.
512Mb is not a lot of memory for GalCiv2 - its really the minimum amount. If you have lots of other background programs (look at the task bar or control-alt-delete) then you're demanding a lot from the desktop.
[edited by: TravelSite at 1:59 pm (utc) on Aug. 23, 2006]