After 5 mins of gameplay screen goes blank

  blackwhite 07:57 13 May 03
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Hello,

I have recently build a new PC, the spec is:

AMD 2400+ (with its own fan)
Asus A7V8X
PC2700 512 MB
80GB HDD
ATI 9500PRO VGA card
Windows 2000
350W power supply.

There is nothing else installed on the motherboard, and what happens is that when i load a game, soon after the intro the screen will just go blank. I cannot do any thing else.

please advise.

thank you

Upen Desai

  ordep 08:10 13 May 03

Are all your drivers up to date is the first question

  MartinT-B 09:35 13 May 03

Game?

DirectX version ?

AV?

BB always on or not?

Screensaver on?

Task Monitor?

Some games won't play if anything else is running. Morrowind CTDs all the time if you have screensaver running.

  AndySD 10:05 13 May 03

If its Windows XP one of the critical updates relates to this.

  blackwhite 12:40 13 May 03

Game?
DirectX version ?

AV?

BB always on or not?

Screensaver on?

Task Monitor?

Some games won't play if anything else is running. Morrowind CTDs all the time if you have screensaver running.

  blackwhite 12:40 13 May 03

the games I have tried are Medal of Honour, Project IGI 2, C&C Generals, hitman 2.

All seem to do the same thing.

the directx is 9.0

no screensaver is up.

task monitor is fine as well.

nothing much is loaded in the pc in terms of software.

hopefully you are aware of Asus A7v8x features. i have originally set the CPU speed to 2000MHz, and the game crashes.

if however i change the CPU setting to 1500 MHz, the game runs fine.

so could it be the power issue.

thankz

  johnnyboyUK 12:53 13 May 03

maybe your gfx card is overheating or something?

  maby66 13:22 13 May 03

are all the games patched to latest version?

If you are getting intro screens, but no actual gameplay screens I think it might point to the graphics card - try setting graphics settings to lowest spec - 800x640 to see if that works.

Can you run 3dMark or other graphics card testers, at either CPU speed?

I dont know much about overclocking but could it be that you need a higher rated PSU if you are running the CPU at a higher clock speed? I know the 9700 requires extra power from the PSU via the ribbon cable splitter - maybe the combination is drawing down too much power?

Is the 9700 overclocked at all?
If so what tool did you use?
If you have o'clocked it try winding it back - my understanding on o'clocking graphics cards is you start at the bottom and work up little by little - dont immediately set the speed to what you think the card can handle!

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