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ingame freezing

I'm new here, but I have very weird problem. At least I think so. So the problem is as follows:
I have installed again CoD2 (before that all was working fine). This time I arrived to half of the game, and then problem appear. First i heard clicking sound and then image freeze. First time it freeze for few secs, but second time it freeze permanently. I couldn't restart it with ctr-alt-del, so only exit was restarting manualy.
I tried few more time (this freeze appear on different parts of level, different time periods (most that I succed playing was 10minutes). This also appear in Blitzkrieg II Liberation. After that I didn't play more games.
Please help.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Have you changed anything else since removing CoD?
CoD2 doesn't really uninstall cleanly so worth removing it completely before the reinstall:
http://www.codboards.com/showthread.php?t=14230

The clicking sound is worrying.  How much space do yuo have on your drive?  Have you checked it for integrity/fragmentation?
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white_ravenAuthor Commented:
I have enough space, and I checked HD.
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c661jmbCommented:
Check video card for overheating - Also check ram.
Have you installed chipset drivers?
Have you PATCHED COD2?
What video card drivers are you using?
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white_ravenAuthor Commented:
I have my original chipset drivers. COD2 isn't patched, newest nvidia fresh dwnld from main page. But same was with old ones, and the problem is appearing also in Blitzkrieg II Liberation.
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white_ravenAuthor Commented:
A q, how to cheat video card for overheating, and how to check ram.
And as I say all games have same problem, but only games. Please help.
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Freeman-BCommented:
Sounds like the video card is overheating and locking up.  Try playing some other games, running 3DMark, or any other graphics-intensive program.  If it locks up when you do that, then first make sure both your card and case are clean and ventilated properly.  You can also download software to monitor the temperature.(I'm sure someone else here can point to some particular programs to do that)  I've sometimes even tested with the case open to maximize the airflow while testing a card.  If the problem persists, then you may have to replace the video card.
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Freeman-BCommented:
As for the RAM, if you have two sticks, they are easy to test.  Just try removing one and playing.  Then switch to the other stick(Always put the one you are using in the first RAM slot)  That will quickly determine if the RAM is the culprit.  In my experience though, RAM problems usually cause a blue screen, while video card problems lead to the lockups.(Not absolute though)
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white_ravenAuthor Commented:
One more problem, it seems that this occur only in my appartment. I brought PC to my friend and all worked perfectly. I played about hour and half. I also heard that is possible that's power supply, what you think?
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white_ravenAuthor Commented:
And yes, my pc config is now about three year old, I had one problem long ago with overheating but then alarm ringed from inside, so I clear the dust, and all was fine. Now I clear dust but still freezes. Still need help.
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white_ravenAuthor Commented:

System Specs:

Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 HT, 3.20GHz, 3260 MHz(4x817)
NVIDIA GeForce 7800GT (256MB)
MBO Abit AA8XE (Intel 925XE-ICH6R)
1GB, DDR2, PC-4300, 533MHz, KINGMAX
PSU 400W (bought in bundle)
XP Pro(Updated) SP2

Maybe this will help.:)
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c661jmbCommented:
Change the PSU

3 year old PSU and unless it was a seperate good quality PSU rather than the one that came with the case then I would certainly look at swapping that out.

Also check the fan on the graphics card, give that a good clean out as well.
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white_ravenAuthor Commented:
One more thing, I opened case and played a little. Still freeze, this time I didn't hear clicking sound. Nw I'm really confused.:(
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c661jmbCommented:
HDD overheating?

Certainly explain the clicking.

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white_ravenAuthor Commented:
When I played with computer case open, after freezing, all three fans - mbo, graphic card and processor were still running. And as I said before it's happening only in games. (I tried only those - CoD2, TESIV:Oblivion, Blitzkrieg Liberation, Sims 2, all were working perfectly before). I'm beginning to be desperate.
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Freeman-BCommented:
It sounds like the video card is bad.  I had a card go bad before.  It would work fine unless I tried to play a video game or do anything else that was graphics-intensive.  Then it would freeze up, although usually the music would keep playing.  Sometimes it would stutter for a bit before locking up completely though.  I replaced the card and didn't have any other problems.

If you have another card available, or even on-board video, I would try running without your current card to see if it still locks up.
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white_ravenAuthor Commented:
It's possible to test card somewhat?
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white_ravenAuthor Commented:
Forget for card:( Now it happened something very strange. I played a game (BFME2) for about hour and half. Then suddenly all freeze with some very strange, terrible loud like looping sound (like someone is ringing on interfon) (I really don't know to describe this horrible sound) when I restarted manually all was again normal. Event viewer don't show anything, only some dhcp error. what this can be.
And yes, a little late Merry Christmas to all!;)
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Freeman-BCommented:
Still sounds like a video card problem to me.  I've had a couple of cards freeze the way you describe, with the looping sounds.  You said it worked when you took it to a friend's house, but it could have been a difference in ventilation, room temperature, or something similar to that.  The only way to test it would be to have access to another video card, or to put your video card in another system to see if it had problems.  Every time I've seen those problems, I either returned the card if it was new or replaced it if it was out of warranty.
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white_ravenAuthor Commented:
Only problem with all this is that this card was fine through three former years. And one more thing, if I watch ntune, temp are normal. Can it be anything else except the card?
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white_ravenAuthor Commented:
I'm keeping you updated. ;)
Here is going from bad to worse. Now PC throw me out of game, black screen appear, monitor is blinking. And it was impossible even to restart manually. So I first put cable from current and only then PC went off. Now is again working. And one more thing, when I was unable to restart manually, prior to putting cables out, I opened case, all fans were working (graphic card fan, mbo and cpu fan).
And yes, prior to monitor went off I heard this click sound.
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white_ravenAuthor Commented:
Happy New 2008. to all EE members! I hope that New Year will bring me real answer to my frustrating problem. ;)
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Happy New Year!
(I still think you should be looking for a new graphics card in the Sales though)
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white_ravenAuthor Commented:
Hehe. I brought it one more time on service. They rerun different tests. It was there for 7 days! They returned it - reinstalled windows xp. Said that all is ok, and preventive replaced RAM.  I installed m2tw after, and after hour of play on campaign map - AGAIN this clicking sound, then display freeze, but only for few  seconds, then continue as normal, after 10 more minutes again freeze, and again after few sec continue as normal.
I'm now really desperate. What this can be?
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white_ravenAuthor Commented:
Maybe this will also help. This time I FINALLY have something on event viewer.

type: error             event ID: 14101
QoS [Adapter {6240B275-7A88-4B79-B009-76306AD3E673}]:
The netcard driver failed the query for OID_GEN_MAXIMUM_FRAME_SIZE.

type: error             event ID: 9
The device, \Device\Ide\IdePort0, did not respond within the timeout period.

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c661jmbCommented:
try setting your pci latency in the bios to 128.

disconnect and reconnect your drive.

which chipset drivers are yiu using?

this still seems to be a power supply issue. is your vid card powered of the same cable as your hdd?

If so move it.
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white_ravenAuthor Commented:
I will carry my vga to service. Then I will tell you if all is solved. Let's hope....;)
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white_ravenAuthor Commented:
You can close the question and share the points, It was overheating VGA problem. Replaced VGA and all works fine. I thank all of you for help.
Cheers.
Veki
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