How to diagnose gaming freeze-ups?
May 11, 2011 10:32 PM Subscribe
My home-built computer seems to not want to undergo any extended load (gaming) without freezing up to extents varying by game. Where do I start?
posted by pahalial to computers & internet (13 answers total)
So I've had this computer for a couple of years, and game quite avidly. It's never been perfectly stable, but never really consistent failures or the like until recently. It's possible you could track it to when I installed the GTX 470 to replace the GTX 260 Core 216, but frankly nothing I've done points to the the video card as a point of failure, nor is my memory good enough to guarantee this wasn't happening before then.
A bit more info: Any game I've played recently seems to suffer from occasional-to-frequent freeze-ups. The type of freeze differs purely by game; some (CS:S, L4D2, Dragon Age: Origins) merely pause for 1-2s every 5, 10 minutes. Others (Witcher 1, Crysis 2, a few others that escape me) simply crash to desktop.
In every case, this only seems to happen when I game. This is the only time I ever stress the video card, but it has happened with every/any version of video card drivers (several versions direct from nvidia, several versions from windows update.)
OS: Win 7 Pro
RAM: 4x1GB no-name crap
HDD (OS): 1xIntel X-25M 80G
HDD Games usually on: 2TB WD Caviar Blackt
I'm far from computer-illiterate, etc. But I don't troubleshoot gaming freeze-ups for a living, or even really support Windows, so have no idea where to start. Event Viewer shows nothing of note. Here's a sample from a witcher CTD: http://pastebin.com/TKkQdjZK
Help? Even good logging software that would show me which elements are fucking up for 1-2s every 5min in CS:S would be incredibly helpful to tracking this down. I have to believe the CS issues are related to the other game issues, which to my mind rule out HDD troubles: I can play the same server with the same map 24/7 and see freezes absolutely randomly with no texture corruption, which to me indicates the issue is elsewhere.