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LW_Hearse
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Posted - 24/05/2004 :  03:35:57  Show Profile  Visit LW_Hearse's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi,

Whether I was using voodoo2 or voodoo 5 inevitably when running my favorite game I would experience complete screen freeze necessitating system reboot. At first, I thought cooling was the issue so installed those nice tennmax coolers on my v2 but now with a new V5500 pci the problems still happens usually once or twice an hour. Last night it accompanied an advisory under xp about loop error and changing drivers and whatnot. Now that begs the question, What does one do about these loop errors and how do I stabilize the system so they occur less frequently. This has been happening both on my pentium 3 rig and my relatively new pentium 4 rig.

As my favorite game RB3D requires being aloft for several hours in tournament competitions. These freezeups both result in pointloss and annoyance so any suggestions would be helpful.

S! Hearse

LW_Hearse
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Posted - 03/06/2004 :  04:47:22  Show Profile  Visit LW_Hearse's Homepage  Reply with Quote
S!

I've been working hard trying to solve the problem of RB3D locking up and freezing the computer. I've tried multiple drivers , playing with the cache settings, lowering hardware acceleration, reinstalling updating sound drivers, cleaning up the registry, defragging, reducing the start up processes, increasing memory voltage, slightly overclocking with little improvement. Errors have cited 3dfxvs as a problem and so I thought that it was a memory issue. I downloaded a little program called cacheboost to optimize memory settings as the program is supposed to deal with memory leackage leading to instability and what I figured were infinite loop errors and since that time have ran over an hour freeze free on two occasions. Further testing will be needed and the program itself is a little pricey. The link for the program is http://www.systweak.com/cacheboost/Default.asp
and I was wondering if i really need to buy a program like this or can I just adjust the settings myself if I know what to adjust or is there a freeware version of something similar. Now, I've tried Cacheman but that doesn't seem to do what this program is doing. Any suggestions?

Thanks ~ LW_Hearse
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LW_Hearse
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Posted - 05/06/2004 :  07:29:34  Show Profile  Visit LW_Hearse's Homepage  Reply with Quote
S!

Problems back! Siighhhhh! May have to reformat xp. Game seems to be ok in Win 98 on my dual partition.

~Hearse
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bloodworm
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Posted - 05/06/2004 :  13:07:06  Show Profile  Visit bloodworm's Homepage  Reply with Quote
is this game a d3d game or an opengl game? I have had the same lockup and dump to desktop problems with XP with neverwinternights, that doesn't show up at all with 98se. (openGL). i could just be your sound card too! Baulders gate would crash to desktop for me untill I turned hardware accell down two notches on my SB PCI128 card.

Bloody Mess
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LW_Hearse
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Posted - 06/06/2004 :  15:53:41  Show Profile  Visit LW_Hearse's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Red Baron 3d is a glide based game. It can be played in d3d but it is not as nice. Crashing on startup is not the issue but online play. It;s almost clockwork. Every 20 minutes STUCK! As for sound card I don't think that hardware acceleration setting does anything for the problem. I tried that with no effect. Tried it all I figure. Nothing left to but reformat.

Thanks~
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LW_Hearse
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Posted - 27/10/2005 :  07:55:47  Show Profile  Visit LW_Hearse's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Could never get either the PCI V5 or the AGP to work correctly. Freezeups were commonplace. Sadly I now use Dxvoodoo. Works well but FPS are lower with my Ti4200 Geforce.
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