Graphical Errors


This is kind of a weird problem that has had me preplexed for quite some time now..

I have a high end machine that has performed remarkably for a year and a half or so. Lately, when I put graphics intensive programs or games, I notice the fillowing behavior:

I hear a loud noise coming from the CPU fan

Shortly after the noise, the game or program I am using freezes up for a few seconds (as short as 1 or 2 seconds and sometimes as long as 30 to 45 seconds)

After the thing "unfreezes" it seems to be catching up on what was happening when it froze - in other words, if it is a game for instance, it moves very quickly for a few seconds then goes back to the normal speed.

This cycle of freezing unfreezing keeps repeating itself with no clear pattern.

A couple of points... This is not limited to a particular program - it happens in a number of programs, games, or even flash intensive web sites.

Initially I suspected my video card overheating since the one that came with the machine had no fan - I changed that, but it did not help.

I also suspected possible RAM shortage (even though it did not make much sense) so I increased from 512 to 768 - but that had absolutely no effect (except making my Flight Simulator experience a lot more enjoyable)..

My final suspect right now is the power supply (but I am not very confident if this will work or not since the behavior seems to persist even if I remove ALL peripherals.

Does anyone have any clue over what this may be?



This question was answered on August 11, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

I think that your program could be three things First of the programs you have could be corrupted Sec, you might have to check the possibilty that the games you have isn't compatible with your operating system If not then you should buy the games the suites your system or upgrade your system to suite the games The third you could have a virus so you may want to find a way to get rid of it of buy a new hard drive, but make sure that your mother can support it Carlos Millan Jr.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on August 11, 2003