View Full Version : I want to kill my computer
05-19-2003, 06:07 PM
LAST EDITED ON May-19-03 AT 06:08PM (EDT)[p]But I won't have to, because that it manages pretty fine on its own.
I have recently bought a new computer (some figures beneath) and video card. Initially I had some problems with some add-on planes and perhaps scenery which made my computer crash. I just used some other planes for a while and was pretty happy.
Later on my computer has started to crash more often. I'm no longer able to finish a flight, sometimes not even start the enginges, before it crashes. It did crash one time today without FS2002 launched as well.
The crashes take place in three different ways.
1. A sudden restart out of nowhere.
2. FS2002 freezing, can exit with ctrl-alt-del
3. FS2002 freezing completely, have to press the restart button on the computer to restart.
I don't like this at all!
Here's my computer specs.
AMD XP2200 Gigabyte motherboard
AMD Athlon 1,81 GHz
512 MB RAM
Three hard drives
G-Force4 4200 TI video card
Running on XP
Does anyone have any tips?
Love to hear from you!
05-19-2003, 06:18 PM
What brand of ram? Or this like a dell or something?
Probaqbly Power Supply since you are running 3 hard-drives, on the VIA chipset forum, alot of the guys are experts on upping the voltage if needs be.
Do you play any other games?
Does the crashing occur anything else than Fs2002?
Captain Jason Winn
Atlanta ZTL ATC
Amd Xp 1900+
256 DDR 2100 Ram
Sound Blaster Live Audigy 2
Nvidia GForce 2 Ti 64 Meg DDR 300 MHZ
80 Gig Maxtor 7200 Rpm 8MB Buffer
05-19-2003, 06:53 PM
LAST EDITED ON May-19-03 AT 06:53PM (EDT)[p]Could be anything. Could be power issues. Could also be overheating. Especially with three hard drives. Try playing FS2k2 with the side panels of your computer off for a little while and see if the problem still occurs. While you are doing that, also try running a room fan right next to your computer blowing air directly into your case. Download Motherboard Monitor 5 to check your system and processor temps.
Update all of your drivers in this order: Chipset Drivers, Graphics Card Drivers, DirectX 8/9.
Like Jason said, does this happen only in FS2k2 or does it happen when playing other games or performing other tasks?
If it only occurs in FS2k2, try renaming your FS2002.cfg file and firing up FS. Let it build a new .cfg file and see if the problem still occurs.
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05-19-2003, 07:05 PM
As Tim has suggested, it could very well be heat related. AMDs run hotter normally than do Pentiums, and with three hard drives, you will be getting extra heat from them too.
I'd do as Tim suggested, and get the mobo monitoring stuff from AMDs web site, and check out the temps., voltages, etc.
05-19-2003, 09:10 PM
All the above are good suggestions and my first guess would be excess heat. If this still happens with the side panels off and a fan blowing on the processor, try removing the sound card (or disable it, if it is integral with MB)You could also remove and reseat the AGP card, just to make sure it is making solid contact. If none of this works, I would suspect the power supply.
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05-19-2003, 09:52 PM
I used to have similar problems with an ECS K7S5A motherboard. Proobably its a faulty motherboard or somehting. See if you can check that out!
05-19-2003, 10:38 PM
I had the same problem with my Shuttle AK31 mobo. I Don't have it anymore with my Gigabyte GA-7VRXP Mobo. If that is the same Mobo than that probably isn't the problem! It still could be, but I doubt it!
Hope you fix your problem!
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05-21-2003, 09:16 AM
Thanks alot for all your help. Things got sorted out all of a sudden and quite unexpected as I tried some of your suggestions. As I restarted the computer, the power supply "blew up", smoke coming out of it, and my ears were ringing. Now I've installed a new 400W power supply and everything seems to work. I'm still a little nervous though, waiting for the next crash. So I'm crossing my fingers.
Thanks a lot again for your help!
I would check that you have proper cooling and what size power supply are you running in there?
Windows XP Home Edition, SP1
P4 1.8G @ 2.41G(1.525V)
512MB PC 2700 DDR
ATI Radeon 9700PRO
Sound Blaster Audigy
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05-22-2003, 06:33 PM
Things worked fine for a while, but today I had another sudden reboot.
How could I know if I have proper cooling? My power supply (400W) has two fans on it, while my CPU-fan goes at between 3300 and 3600 RPM. Still I pass 60-65 Celsius quite often. What other cooling would help, if necessary?
05-22-2003, 06:42 PM
You could install an miniature air conditioner in your CPU tower. :-lol
Seriously though, you can go to a local computer parts store. See if they have any CPU fans to sell, and try and get soem help installing extra fans.
The more fans you have, the better. It keeps everything relatively cool. If what you are suffering from is caused by heat, this may be all you can do. The fans are usually small, about the size of the one that covers the processor. These can be attached to many areas inside the computer.
did you try running it with the side panels off the CPU? How did it behave then? If it still crashes with the side panels off, then heat may not be the issue.
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