Need computer technical help (in Off-topic)

Cannonfod [The Brotherhood] April 23 2010 6:10 AM EDT

Just a quick question
My Computer for some reason wont load full screen games (or even CB2)
without me installing my graphics driver again. As soon as I install the graphics driver I can play my games or log onto CB2, next time I start it up it just freezes when I try and play any game or load CB2.
Any ideas? I have DxDiag.txt available for anyone who wants to help.
It is the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT.
Thanks for your time, any advice or ideas are welcome

skurj April 23 2010 6:27 AM EDT

Has it always been like that, or is it a recent thing?

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] April 23 2010 6:37 AM EDT

go into settings on cb, uncheck the enable chat box. does cb still crash?

Cannonfod [The Brotherhood] April 23 2010 9:24 AM EDT

It has been happening since I had to put some more Thermal paste on my processor, before that it worked properly for a week

Flamey April 23 2010 10:36 AM EDT

You probably didn't apply the thermal paste well. Running apps would cause your CPU to be used more and if it overheats then it'd freeze up.

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] April 23 2010 10:57 AM EDT

Too much thermal paste is worse than too little. A thin (and I MEAN THIN) layer is what you're looking for. It's possible they're related... but a little voodoo for my taste.

Demigod April 23 2010 10:59 AM EDT

A thin (and I MEAN THIN) layer is what you're looking for.


Thak April 23 2010 11:41 AM EDT

Nvidia doesnt play nice with ATI all the time either. If you have any old ATI drivers try removing them.

AdminShade April 23 2010 12:14 PM EDT

You most likely included some AIR in between your thermal paste, processor and fan unit.

This will cause your pc to freeze up any time you try to utilise your video card or anything else which requires that processor to work harder than doing nothing.

Fix: put a very thin layer of thermal paste and squeeze the air out of it.

AdminShade April 23 2010 12:16 PM EDT

p.s. that's not computer technical but physics... heat dissipation of a heat emitting object.

Cannonfod [The Brotherhood] April 23 2010 12:48 PM EDT

This could be the info I need, but why does my computer work again if I just re-install the graphics drivers? Thanks for all the ideas by the way! :-)

bartjan April 23 2010 2:35 PM EDT

This will cause your pc to freeze

Do I smell a paradox?

Admin{CB1}Slayer333 [SHIELD] April 23 2010 2:38 PM EDT

Check your BIOS and see what temperature you are running at after a freeze.

Pwned April 24 2010 1:13 PM EDT

I'm running a the same card except mines GTS but I had that problem too, after installing a new driver update. Go check the forums for a earlier driver, sometimes the new drivers don't work as well as the old ones.

That should fix the issue if not post back.

Cannonfod [The Brotherhood] April 25 2010 1:29 PM EDT

I Tried to use an older driver and it didn't work, after crashing the BIOS temp was only at 28*c

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] April 25 2010 2:59 PM EDT

did you ever try turning chat off in cb to see if it still crashes?

Cannonfod [The Brotherhood] April 26 2010 3:17 AM EDT

Not yet, as it also does it on full screen games. But I will try it next time

Pwned April 28 2010 8:40 PM EDT

Did you change the BIOs settings? Change the settings in your BIOs to startup with your installed GPU instead of the onboard one. If you did this already then post back. we'll do this on step at a time. Sorry for the time between posts.

AdminNightStrike April 29 2010 12:42 AM EDT

Still having issues?

AdminShade April 29 2010 1:25 AM EDT

remember, it could be your graphics card's GPU overheating instead of your CPU...

but why does my computer work again if I just re-install the graphics drivers?
No idea, why don't you re-install the graphics drivers and keep them that way? Or does it overheat after a while?

Cannonfod [The Brotherhood] April 29 2010 8:11 AM EDT

The BIOS is set to use the Installed GPU rather than inbuilt
Don't worry about the time taken, I have done a course on computer maintinance and I know how many things could be causing a simple problem lol
Thanks for the help so far :-)
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