Random crashes in games

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Games' started by nobes, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. nobes

    nobes Guest

    Hi all,

    I'm having a problem with every game I play crashing to desktop.
    always get the error stating something to the effect of "this progra
    stopped working and will now close". I have had a bit of a look at othe
    posts with similar errors yet the solutions seem to be mostly based o
    the specs of each computer

    So here are my specs

    OS: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6001) Service Pack
    (6001.vistasp1_gdr.080917-1612
    CPU: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 940 Black Edition Processor (4 CPUs), ~3.0GH
    MB: ASUS M3A79-T Delux
    PSU: ZALMAN 850 wat
    RAM: 8Gb @ 1066mh
    GRAPHICS CARD: ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 2Gb (made by Sapphire
    CASE: Antec TwelveHundre

    At first I thought it was a cooling issue, however I don't think so a
    the majority of things are running at about 55 deg (celcius)
    Additionally, all my driver's are up to date and I have als
    re-installed my graphics card drivers and the problem still occurs

    Attached is a system Diag so you can see what's what. If you need an
    more info I'll gladly provide it. I could also provide performance an
    reliability results if you wish

    I would really appreciate your help :

    Thanks

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    nobes, Mar 6, 2009
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  2. nobes

    nobes Guest

    Ok, after a fair bit of research, apparently this has been a bit of
    problem for users of ATi Crossfire x2 cards

    Microsoft released a hot fix for this problem. Check details here
    'Performance issues may occur on a Windows Vista-based or Windows Serve
    2008-based computer if Active State Power Management is enabled
    (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956563
     
    nobes, Mar 12, 2009
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  3. nobes

    Joe Guest

    I've always been of the firm belief that SLi/CrossFire is a crock. Why
    spend $600 on 2 video cards when you could buy one $400 card and get
    similar performance, with less crashing?

    Sorry, I'll get off my soap-box now.
     
    Joe, Mar 12, 2009
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    EN4CER Guest

    I agree with Joe that SLI is a pipe dream unless you're working within a
    graphical industry and you need them to store huge amounts of data within
    their on-board memory. The only upside I can see to SLI is when you've
    bought a brand new card, say the GTX280 and 3 or 4 years down the road you
    want to double your cards performance by adding what will then be an
    extremely cheap card (another GTX280). I did this in the past and it worked
    out great. Be aware that SLI sucks a lot more juice and creates a lot more
    heat than a normal configuration though :) I learned that the hard way.
     
    EN4CER, Mar 12, 2009
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