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  1. Jun 26, 2007 #1
    Every time i try to enter a mission on the computer game Guild Wars, my sound freezes, my screen turns blue and i get a message saying something like...

    A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage blah blah blah blah, Technical information ***STOP: 0x0000008E (0xC000005, 0XBF04DF7B, 0xED924B18 0X000000000) ***: ialmdev5.dll 0 address BF04DF7B base at BF042000, DateStamp 43304C9
    Beginning dump of physical memory
    Physical memory dump complete.

    (taken from other post on this site)



    this happens nearly every time i try to enter a mission. i chatted with dell, they told me to remove the video card drivers put it in again, and it should work. but no avail! My sound card too messes up sometimes when im on Ventrilo it says use direct sound input which i already have checked off! A few sound card files and video card files have the names of them in blue lettering. might this be the problem? help me please!!!



    I have Windows Xp Media Center Edition on my Dell XPS M140 Laptop. Any help at all is appreciated.


    My specs are...
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    System Information
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    Time of this report: 6/26/2007, 23:33:26
    Machine name: LIAM
    Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227-2254)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
    System Model: MXC051
    BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A04
    Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.73GHz
    Memory: 504MB RAM
    Page File: 468MB used, 759MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
    DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.2180 32bit Unicode

    ------------
    DxDiag Notes
    ------------
    DirectX Files Tab: No problems found.
    Display Tab 1: No problems found.
    Sound Tab 1: DirectSound test results: All tests were successful.
    Music Tab: No problems found.
    Input Tab: No problems found.
    Network Tab: No problems found.

    --------------------
    DirectX Debug Levels
    --------------------
    Direct3D: 0/4 (n/a)
    DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
    DirectInput: 0/5 (n/a)
    DirectMusic: 0/5 (n/a)
    DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
    DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
    DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

    ---------------
    Display Devices
    ---------------
    Card name: Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/GMS,910GML Express Chipset Family
    Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
    Chip type: Intel(R) 915GM/GMS,910GML Express Chipset
    DAC type: Internal
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2592&SUBSYS_01B51028&REV_03
    Display Memory: 128.0 MB
    Current Mode: 1280 x 800 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
    Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
    Driver Name: ialmrnt5.dll
    Driver Version: 6.14.0010.4693 (English)
    DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 9/15/2006 17:09:00, 45694 bytes
    WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
    VDD: n/a
    Mini VDD: ialmnt5.sys
    Mini VDD Date: 9/15/2006 17:16:48, 1173468 bytes
    Device Identifier: {D7B78E66-66D2-11CF-CD61-BF21A2C2CB35}
    Vendor ID: 0x8086
    Device ID: 0x2592
    SubSys ID: 0x01B51028
    Revision ID: 0x0003
    Revision ID: 0x0003
    Video Accel:
    Deinterlace Caps: n/a
    Registry: OK
    DDraw Status: Enabled
    D3D Status: Enabled
    AGP Status: Not Available
    DDraw Test Result: Not run
    D3D7 Test Result: Not run
    D3D8 Test Result: Not run
    D3D9 Test Result: Not run

    -------------
    Sound Devices
    -------------
    Description: SigmaTel Audio
    Default Sound Playback: Yes
    Default Voice Playback: Yes
    Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_8384&DEV_7690&SUBSYS_102801B5&REV_1022
    Manufacturer ID: 1
    Product ID: 100
    Type: WDM
    Driver Name: sthda.sys
    Driver Version: 5.10.4633.0000 (English)
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    Date and Size: 7/29/2005 09:12:44, 1019960 bytes
    Other Files:
    Driver Provider: SigmaTel
    HW Accel Level: Full
    Cap Flags: 0xB5B
    Min/Max Sample Rate: 44100, 96000
    Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 1, 0
    Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
    HW Memory: 0
    Voice Management: No
    EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
    I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No
    Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No
    Registry: OK
    Sound Test Result: All tests were successful.

    ---------------------
    Sound Capture Devices
    ---------------------
    Description: SigmaTel Audio
    Default Sound Capture: Yes
    Default Voice Capture: Yes
    Driver Name: sthda.sys
    Driver Version: 5.10.4633.0000 (English)
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Date and Size: 7/29/2005 09:12:44, 1019960 bytes
    Cap Flags: 0x41
    Format Flags: 0xCC0

    -----------
    DirectMusic
    -----------
    DLS Path: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\drivers\GM.DLS
    DLS Version: 1.00.0016.0002
    Acceleration: n/a
    Ports: Microsoft Synthesizer, Software (Not Kernel Mode), Output, DLS, Internal, Default Port
    Microsoft MIDI Mapper [Emulated], Hardware (Not Kernel Mode), Output, No DLS, Internal
    Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth [Emulated], Hardware (Not Kernel Mode), Output, No DLS, Internal
    Registry: OK
    Test Result: Not run

    -------------------
    DirectInput Devices
    -------------------
    Device Name: Mouse
    Attached: 1
    Controller ID: n/a
    Vendor/Product ID: n/a
    FF Driver: n/a

    Device Name: Keyboard
    Attached: 1
    Controller ID: n/a
    Vendor/Product ID: n/a
    FF Driver: n/a

    Poll w/ Interrupt: No
    Registry: OK

    -----------
    USB Devices
    -----------
    + USB Root Hub
    | Vendor/Product ID: 0x8086, 0x2659
    | Matching Device ID: usb\root_hub
    | Service: usbhub
    | Driver: usbhub.sys, 8/4/2004 01:08:44, 57600 bytes
    | Driver: usbd.sys, 8/10/2004 07:00:00, 4736 bytes

    ----------------
    Gameport Devices
    ----------------

    ------------
    PS/2 Devices
    ------------
    + Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
    | Matching Device ID: *pnp0303
    | Service: i8042prt
    | Driver: i8042prt.sys, 8/4/2004 01:14:38, 52736 bytes
    | Driver: kbdclass.sys, 8/4/2004 00:58:34, 24576 bytes
    |
    + Terminal Server Keyboard Driver
    | Matching Device ID: root\rdp_kbd
    | Upper Filters: kbdclass
    | Service: TermDD
    | Driver: termdd.sys, 8/4/2004 03:01:08, 40840 bytes
    | Driver: kbdclass.sys, 8/4/2004 00:58:34, 24576 bytes
    |
    + Synaptics PS/2 Port Pointing Device
    | Matching Device ID: *pnp0f13
    | Upper Filters: SynTP
    | Service: i8042prt
    | Driver: i8042prt.sys, 8/4/2004 01:14:38, 52736 bytes
    | Driver: mouclass.sys, 8/4/2004 00:58:34, 23040 bytes
    | Driver: SynTP.sys, 6/24/2005 08:19:52, 190560 bytes
    | Driver: SynTPAPI.dll, 6/24/2005 08:23:40, 90202 bytes
    | Driver: SynTPFcs.dll, 6/24/2005 08:37:52, 69722 bytes
    | Driver: SynCOM.dll, 6/24/2005 08:22:36, 82013 bytes
    | Driver: SynCtrl.dll, 6/24/2005 08:23:00, 114688 bytes
    | Driver: SynTPLpr.exe, 6/24/2005 08:38:02, 77914 bytes
    | Driver: SynTPCpl.dll, 6/24/2005 08:26:34, 6058074 bytes
    | Driver: SynCntxt.rtf, 6/24/2005 08:24:38, 3473903 bytes
    | Driver: SynZMetr.exe, 6/24/2005 08:18:44, 163840 bytes
    | Driver: SynMood.exe, 6/24/2005 08:18:34, 147456 bytes
    | Driver: SynTPEnh.exe, 6/24/2005 08:36:40, 729178 bytes
    | Driver: SynTPCOM.dll, 6/24/2005 08:24:12, 41063 bytes
    | Driver: Tutorial.exe, 6/24/2005 08:38:26, 212992 bytes
    | Driver: InstNT.exe, 6/24/2005 08:40:34, 69632 bytes
    | Driver: SynISDLL.dll, 6/24/2005 08:38:48, 548864 bytes
    | Driver: SynUnst.ini, 6/29/2005 08:11:50, 189951 bytes
    | Driver: SynTPCo2.dll, 6/24/2005 08:40:22, 81920 bytes
    |
    + HID-compliant mouse
    | Vendor/Product ID: 0x09DA, 0x0006
    | Matching Device ID: hid_device_system_mouse
    | Service: mouhid
    | Driver: mouclass.sys, 8/4/2004 00:58:34, 23040 bytes
    | Driver: mouhid.sys, 8/17/2001 14:48:00, 12160 bytes
    |
    + Terminal Server Mouse Driver
    | Matching Device ID: root\rdp_mou
    | Upper Filters: mouclass
    | Service: TermDD
    | Driver: termdd.sys, 8/4/2004 03:01:08, 40840 bytes
    | Driver: mouclass.sys, 8/4/2004 00:58:34, 23040 bytes

    ----------------------------
    DirectPlay Service Providers
    ----------------------------
    DirectPlay8 Modem Service Provider - Registry: OK, File: dpnet.dll (5.03.2600.2180)
    DirectPlay8 Serial Service Provider - Registry: OK, File: dpnet.dll (5.03.2600.2180)
    DirectPlay8 IPX Service Provider - Registry: OK, File: dpnet.dll (5.03.2600.2180)
    DirectPlay8 TCP/IP Service Provider - Registry: OK, File: dpnet.dll (5.03.2600.2180)
    Internet TCP/IP Connection For DirectPlay - Registry: OK, File: dpwsockx.dll (5.03.2600.2180)
    IPX Connection For DirectPlay - Registry: OK, File: dpwsockx.dll (5.03.2600.2180)
    Modem Connection For DirectPlay - Registry: OK, File: dpmodemx.dll (5.03.2600.2180)
    Serial Connection For DirectPlay - Registry: OK, File: dpmodemx.dll (5.03.2600.2180)

    DirectPlay Voice Wizard Tests: Full Duplex: Not run, Half Duplex: Not run, Mic: Not run
    DirectPlay Test Result: Not run
    Registry: OK

    -------------------
    DirectPlay Adapters
    -------------------
    DirectPlay8 Modem Service Provider: Conexant HDA D110 MDC V.92 Modem
    DirectPlay8 TCP/IP Service Provider: Wireless Network Connection - IPv4 -

    -----------------------
    DirectPlay Voice Codecs
    -----------------------
    Voxware VR12 1.4kbit/s
    Voxware SC06 6.4kbit/s
    Voxware SC03 3.2kbit/s
    MS-PCM 64 kbit/s
    MS-ADPCM 32.8 kbit/s
    Microsoft GSM 6.10 13 kbit/s
    TrueSpeech(TM) 8.6 kbit/s

    -------------------------
    DirectPlay Lobbyable Apps
    -------------------------

    ------------------------
    Disk & DVD/CD-ROM Drives
    ------------------------
    Drive: C:
    Free Space: 23.7 GB
    Total Space: 70.3 GB
    File System: NTFS
    Model: FUJITSU MHV2080AH

    Drive: D:
    Model: TSSTcorp CDRW/DVD TSL462C
    Driver: c:\windows\system32\drivers\cdrom.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/10/2004 07:00:00, 49536 bytes

    --------------
    System Devices
    --------------
    Name: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_4220&SUBSYS_27218086&REV_05\4&2FA23535&0&18F0
    Driver: n/a

    Name: Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/GMS,910GML Express Chipset Family
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2792&SUBSYS_01B51028&REV_03\3&61AAA01&0&11
    Driver: n/a

    Name: Microsoft UAA Bus Driver for High Definition Audio
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2668&SUBSYS_01B51028&REV_03\3&61AAA01&0&D8
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\hdaudbus.sys, 5.10.0000.5011 (English), 8/12/2004 19:45:54, 137728 bytes

    Name: Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM PCI Express Root Port - 2662
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2662&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_03\3&61AAA01&0&E1
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 01:07:48, 68224 bytes

    Name: Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM PCI Express Root Port - 2660
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2660&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_03\3&61AAA01&0&E0
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 01:07:48, 68224 bytes

    Name: Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 265C
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_265C&SUBSYS_01B51028&REV_03\3&61AAA01&0&EF
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbehci.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/10/2004 07:00:00, 26624 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 01:08:44, 142976 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\usbui.dll, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 02:56:48, 74240 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 01:08:44, 57600 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\hccoin.dll, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/10/2004 07:00:00, 7168 bytes

    Name: Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 265B
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_265B&SUBSYS_01B51028&REV_03\3&61AAA01&0&EB
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbuhci.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 01:08:38, 20480 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 01:08:44, 142976 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\usbui.dll, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 02:56:48, 74240 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 01:08:44, 57600 bytes

    Name: Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 265A
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_265A&SUBSYS_01B51028&REV_03\3&61AAA01&0&EA
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbuhci.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 01:08:38, 20480 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 01:08:44, 142976 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\usbui.dll, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 02:56:48, 74240 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 01:08:44, 57600 bytes

    Name: Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 2659
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2659&SUBSYS_01B51028&REV_03\3&61AAA01&0&E9
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbuhci.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 01:08:38, 20480 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 01:08:44, 142976 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\usbui.dll, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 02:56:48, 74240 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 01:08:44, 57600 bytes

    Name: Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 2658
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2658&SUBSYS_01B51028&REV_03\3&61AAA01&0&E8
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbuhci.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 01:08:38, 20480 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 01:08:44, 142976 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\usbui.dll, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 02:56:48, 74240 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 01:08:44, 57600 bytes

    Name: Intel(R) 82801FBM Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 2653
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2653&SUBSYS_01B51028&REV_03\3&61AAA01&0&FA
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\pciide.sys, 5.01.2600.0000 (English), 8/17/2001 15:51:52, 3328 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\pciidex.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 00:59:42, 25088 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\atapi.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 00:59:44, 95360 bytes

    Name: Intel(R) 82801FBM LPC Interface Controller - 2641
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2641&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_03\3&61AAA01&0&F8
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\isapnp.sys, 5.01.2600.0000 (English), 8/17/2001 15:58:02, 35840 bytes

    Name: Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/GMS,910GML Express Chipset Family
    Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2592&SUBSYS_01B51028&REV_03\3&61AAA01&0&10
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\ialmnt5.sys, 6.14.0010.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 17:16:48, 1173468 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\ialmrnt5.dll, 6.14.0010.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 17:09:00, 45694 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\ialmdnt5.dll, 6.14.0010.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 17:08:52, 121467 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\ialmdev5.dll, 6.14.0010.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 17:08:42, 238650 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\ialmdd5.dll, 6.14.0010.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 17:15:46, 956026 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\igxpxa32.cpa, 9/15/2006 16:44:44, 524850 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\igxpxa32.vp, 9/15/2006 16:44:44, 929 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\igxpxk32.vp, 9/15/2006 16:44:44, 58704 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\igxpxs32.vp, 9/15/2006 17:59:54, 23296 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\oemdspif.dll, 3.00.0000.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 16:54:26, 57344 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\hccutils.dll, 3.00.0000.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 16:49:12, 73728 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxsrvc.dll, 3.00.0000.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 16:50:16, 61440 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxsrvc.exe, 3.00.0000.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 16:50:14, 163840 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpph.dll, 3.00.0000.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 16:53:18, 143360 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxcpl.cpl, 3.00.0000.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 16:53:06, 81920 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxcfg.exe, 3.00.0000.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 16:52:58, 450560 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxdev.dll, 3.00.0000.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 16:49:26, 139264 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxdo.dll, 3.00.0000.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 16:50:28, 86016 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe, 3.00.0000.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 16:53:36, 94208 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxzoom.exe, 3.00.0000.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 16:54:06, 114688 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe, 3.00.0000.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 16:50:22, 77824 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxress.dll, 3.00.0000.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 16:53:24, 1503232 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe, 3.00.0000.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 16:54:22, 118784 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxrchs.lrc, 3.00.0000.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 16:54:34, 81920 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxrcht.lrc, 3.00.0000.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 16:54:34, 81920 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxrdeu.lrc, 3.00.0000.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 16:54:38, 155648 bytes
    Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxrenu.lrc, 3.00.0000.4693 (English), 9/15/2006 16:49:30, 139264 bytes
     
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2007
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  3. Jun 27, 2007 #2

    -Job-

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    Sounds like a driver problem at ialmdev5.dll, or a hardware problem.

    Can you search your video/sound card manufacturer's site for updated drivers?
     
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2007
  4. Jun 27, 2007 #3
    yes i did that and it still happened. i just installed new chipset drivers and im hoping that will solve it.
     
  5. Jun 27, 2007 #4

    FredGarvin

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    Don't a lot of games publish a list of issues with known hardware? Could it be some of the hardware isn't playing nice with the game? Have you tried contacting the maker of the game?
     
  6. Jun 27, 2007 #5
    i have not. ill check up on that.
     
  7. Jun 29, 2007 #6
    Try disabling the sound card driver (in device manager) and try to load the level again. If that solves the problem, perhaps you have a bad sound card driver or a bad sound card.
     
  8. Jul 5, 2007 #7

    VietDao29

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    Well, I encountered this once in the past. Not only does game, but whenever I run a programme that eats up a lot of memory, or which is slow to run, I always receive that message, or the computer will freeze. And it turned out that the internal fan of my CPU had been dead. You should also check the fan to see if there is something wrong with it. :)
     
  9. Jul 5, 2007 #8

    siddharth

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    I've repeatedly experienced the same problem as well. I hired a technician to look at the problem, and he told me that it could be either due to faulty RAM or a CPU cooling problem. When I replaced the RAM, the problem seems to have disappeared.
     
  10. Jul 5, 2007 #9

    russ_watters

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    Try different video modes/resolutions/detail levels/etc. You may be out of luck, though - trying to play games on an integrated video adapter is a crapshoot at best.
     
  11. Jul 5, 2007 #10
    Yep, like others have said, cooling or inadequate power, I've experience it myself too, but happens during the game.
     
  12. Jul 5, 2007 #11

    russ_watters

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    Well no, I mean flat-out incompatibility issues.
     
  13. Jul 5, 2007 #12

    DaveC426913

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    Really? My boy is getting this error playing WoW. We've tried everything.

    The 'puter's a <2 year old Dell. Should I check the fan and memory? (Well, can't checK the memory without replacing it...)
     
  14. Jul 5, 2007 #13
    /rant: In general Microdaft don't write software to be compatible with games, why should they? They expect everyone to play catch up which is kind of understandable under the monoploy, I mean monopoly system. So drivers come out that suit the system not a system that suits anyone but generic.

    I am a cynic about MS though, Vista is worse than XP, what do you expect, they release an alpha version and expect everyone else to do their testing for them, :cool: but wish their was something better than Microdaft.

    I seriously doubt it's an issue with your computer, it's an issue with the lag between a release, often x million years between game companies and the imperialist masters :biggrin:

    This would never happen under Mac!!! or any other OS :grumpy:

    I don't have a Mac by the way, I'm not a fundamentalist :biggrin: although I appreciate their ethics. \rant

    What sort of chip do you have? Is it an old P4 because they run hot so, it's not unusual for them to overheat, they were designed to collapse at 105 degrees C+ which for a chip is unimaginably hot, most run now at 70 degrees or less and collapse at nothing over anything close, so the fans cope better.

    If your PC's old and like mine with an old chip try using a gel on your CPU to cool it down they are available. I get overheating problems but not so much now.
     
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  15. Jul 5, 2007 #14

    DaveC426913

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    Gel?(10 char)
     
  16. Jul 5, 2007 #15
    If the new drivers ones dont work try an older set of video and then soundcard drivers , you may need to use a set which are more than a year old.
    Sometimes the game manufacturers will specify a version that was tested with the game and known to work.
     
  17. Jul 6, 2007 #16

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    I think it's a thermal paste. That's what the techie I hired applied to the processor. My guess is that it increases the thermal conductivity, and lets the CPU cools faster.
     
  18. Jul 6, 2007 #17

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    If you have the problem in WoW, you may be in luck. Others, not so lucky: http://www.intel.com/support/graphics/intel945g/

    That's one particular Intel integrated video adapter - others may have different compatibility lists/issues. Find out which you have and search for it.
     
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  19. Jul 6, 2007 #18

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    This isn't a Microsoft problem, it is an Intel problem (and partially a user error problem). Microsoft wrote the API (directX), essentially the programming language most games are programmed in. It is up to the video card/adapter manufacturer to write drivers that translate the game's commands into whatever the card needs to do what is required of it. Since integrated video adapters are not really meant for games anyway and simply aren't capable of doing what is required of them, Intel doesn't put any effort into making them compatible.

    And that's where the user error comes in: people need to do their homework before buying a PC so they know what they need to buy to be able to play games. You need a discrete (non-integrated) video card with the power and software support required to play games. Granted that's partially a matter of misleading advertising, but people need to learn to read past advertising in general.
     
  20. Jul 6, 2007 #19
    Coolant gell, it comes with these chips apparently, but sometimes it deteriorates. Its a sort of gooey silica gel that provides extra coolant to hot chips like some P4's.

    My chips currently running at 85 degrees. which is very hot, but when you consider it's got 20 more degrees to go before it is destroyed it puts it into perspective, it doesn't help the fans though which are always working at top RPM: 5625

    Type speed fan into google and you'll get a nifty little prog that shows you your heat(deg C) and fan speeds. I have set my warning temp close to the shut down temp to stop getting that annoying siren, because I know these chips are exceptionally hot running and so am not worried.



    I don't care I haven't ranted about Microsoft in ages, stop ruining my fun :smile: I'm sorry with the rant tags I didn't think anyone would take me seriously my bad.

    That's some interesting information though, I didn't know you could actually buy graphics cards that are not designed for games. Since the latest ones here at least are all designed specifically for games and come with some graphics heavy game for free usually as well.

    I agree with the bolded part 100%
     
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  21. Jul 6, 2007 #20

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    http://www.dansdata.com/goop.htm
    Since most of the people here having problems are using stock systems, it is highly unlikely that heat is the issue.
     
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