Computer Crashes -- error msg is that GEForce 4 (4000) is causing my crash
It seems everytime I update windows, download or install a new program (e.g. any Bit Torrant type of program, watch a video etc, the computer crashes.
The error msg when I hit - "report problem" is invariably a problem has been found with your NVidea. Please update drives. I haven't seen an updated driver in over a year.
Any thoughts or should I just change cards? This happens at least once every 2 or 3 days. And after a Windows update usually every couple of hours until I can find a decent restore point that allows the crash frequency to decrease.
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Re: Computer Crashes -- error msg is that GEForce 4...
It may not be video card it could be system files at fault I had similar and some files were not indexed go to C:\ right click Properties / Tools error check check errors new box opens tick the small square to fix errors and reboot while rebooting windows will scan disk and fix errors and if you are quick enough will see what it fixed then it will restart I scan disk to fix errors every 3/ 4 weeks and do not have may problems
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Since you downloaded from a torrent, you may have to turn off your internet when running the game, there may be a crack that you haven't applied from the download or have not installed correctly, or you may have to download from another source. Preferably Steam, or from the developers, but whatever suits you and your financial situation.
I don't quite follow the problem but, you have a low end card and maybe the game is too demanding for it. Are you having problems with crashing? Have you updated your driver? You can update the driver here: http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us Product Type-GeForce Product Series- GeForce 5 FX series Product-GeForce FX 5500 Choose your operating system, language and click search. You will want to uninstall previos driverbefore downloding new.
You should always update the graphics card driver first.
If that doesn't help, does it crash to the desktop, or does it crash and shuts your computer down?
If it crashes to the desktop, then your system might not meet the system requirements of the game. If it shuts your computer down, then you might not have enough power, some hardwares are not compatible, or that the speed of some components are too high and unstable (unstable overclocking).
However, it's just possible that the game isn't working the way it should and just needs a reinstallation.
1. Download this driver.
2. Go to the Control Panel, Programs and uninstall the current nvidia driver.
3. Shut down computer.
4. Remove video card and re-install it.
5. Start computer and install new nvidia driver.
Sorry for the bad news, but you've seem to have witnessed a graphic card meltdown...
During games, cards get quite melting hot! If there's a little problem or inefficiency in the card cooling system (Active Fan or Passive Airflow) Your card will simply melt a few little contacts, enough to produce what you saw or even worse!. (Basically just in the graphic 3D render portion of the board, thats why you could still see windows some times but Aero (3D) started glitching later).
If you wish, you can verify this at your own risk opening up your case and placing your finger on the free corner of your card and bending/arching it a little to the sides when windows or your games are running... It may restore contact at the melted away points for a few seconds for you to see, but won't repair it, you'll maybe see how images get better or worse with the bending, proving the meltdown situation.
Return your card if you can or buy a new one, before the crashes mess up your windows. Buy a new one from a good manufacturer and clad with an elaborated cooling system, if you plan to run 3D heavy games, stay away from the weird branded, cheapest or heavily discounted cards are usually the ones most prone to fail this way. If you go ATI, buy ATI made cards. If you go NVidia, buy BFG for example.
Nvidia's recommendations for the 8800GT are 26 Amps (I think) on the 12V rail... Although you would think 20 Amps would be enough, my next step would be to uninstall the video card driver again, get yourself a copy of a program called Driver Cleaner dot net, run the program in safe mode to completely remove all of the Nvidia driver, then reboot into Windows, download the latest WHQL driver for your card from nvidia's website, and see if that fixes it. If not, either try the card in a system with a more powerful power supply, or get a more powerful power supply, and see if your error goes away.