Taken from Monty Python's, Holy Grail ... "I'm not dead yet" but my computer is having some age issues. I'm hoping to build a new one some time late in the 1st quarter of 2016... maybe in April. Can't do it now because the Snoid Manor is undergoing some renovation work ... replacing trim damaged by dry rot and painting all out side wood trim and the garage. I'm doing most of the work myself ... but it's still rather expensive.
Right now every time I try to play ET or watch videos... the computer chokes and kicks me and reboots. It seems to be okay if I don't stress the graphics card.
Getting ready for another Wisconsin winter ... and I hope everyone is in good health and spirits.
The main problem is there is no updated driver for my GForce 7600GT Graphics card. My computers boots up normally about 75% of the time. The other 25% I get a blue screen and a prompt asking me what mode I want to use to reboot. I usually do safe mode until I see clean graphics on my screen... then I reboot normally and everything is alright. The only thing that comes up occasionally is a prompt that says (Build 7601: Service pack 1). After checking online... this appears to be an old problem and I don't think it's an issue with my computer. My rig operates normally 75% of the time. The graphics driver problem gets nasty when I try to play ET or watch videos. I have trouble loading... lag when playing back... and when I try to play ET... my computer freaks out and shuts down and does an auto reboot... sometimes getting the blue screen and other times it just reboots normally. I've searched for an updated driver and for my graphics card and it's not supported any longer.
I really don't want to put any money into my old rig and am saving for a new one. As long as I don't "push" my graphics card... everything seems to work just fine.
I also always keep a can of "Ultra Duster" Industrial Strength on hand and use it every couple of months. It's amazing what dust can do to the guts of a computer. So I don't think that's my problem.
This post is more to let people know why I'm not playing lately... although I always welcome advice. I think buying a new rig will be plausible sometime around April 2016 unless something else happens around here where I have to use my computer fund for something else.
being both a painter/carpenter (over 36 years and going still) and a New England resident I hear you on the home repairs. Just use the 'good' paint, don't skimp on the cheap stuff. You'll end up spending far more time painting and it'll not last as long so a loss loss to attempt to save $
As to the old fart with the old machine I hear ya there too. Hell, Owen kept glowing my ass when ever I lagged out sat on b4, lol Like I needed any more handicaps
Good luck Snoid, what CapTn said about Ramdac and stuff - check that, if you have updated drivers or windows before getting those problems - then getting older drivers, or an older version of windows could fix it. Otherwise, no idea.. sounds like hardware problem to me, but yer could be anything - tbh I was could at fixing pc's 10 years ago, but today I feel like having no idea either, so many options what could be wrong.
So if you have the system just idll or not using the 3d part of your GPU you have no problem....once you switch to a game and are "heating" it up, you will get to see artifacts that are well know to this problem.
Dust can be a pain in the ass butt even the 7000 series of Nvidia start to throttle if the thermal design power is reached.
(game starts to stutter but will not crash)
i (myself) have rescued a couple of GPU-cards by "reflowing" the GPU.
You need a Paintstripper (hotairgun) some thermal-paste (silverpast) and some time ....oh and some iron balls....hihi...
You have only one shot at glory when it fails, it's just a nice ornament hanging in your Computer case hehe
Ps there are a couple of forums that discuss and have how-to's
Well that is why u check to see if your accepted, they can only say "NO" and there is always one negative nelly in the bunch~! and i highly don't think he is going to pour $1500 into a pc, i don't think he games like i do where i need a high end rig, i could be wrong, maybe he does...
I'll be back soon. One of my boys is building me a new rig. I'm making a trip to the Minneapolis area (he lives in Plymouth) next week to pick it up. It will run on the Windows 10 platform. I will be installing ET!!!
Thanks for all the support etc. I still love Bunker... even with occasional drama... lol...