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Windows XP to Vista - Better for gaming?

Q: Windows XP to Vista - Better for gaming?

Basically I'm at a stalemate with myself. I know well about Vista's issues - but what I'm wondering is from a gaming point of view. I'm currently running Windows XP Professional SP2 (my Win7 disc is 64 bit only and won't run on this rig 'till I upgrade the CPU =( ) and essentially I'm wondering - is Vista any better for gaming? For the record, I've an ATi Radeon HD 4350 graphics card.

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A: Windows XP to Vista - Better for gaming?

This board is not for support or advice running Windows Vista, hence the name Windows 7 Forums.
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Hi Guys This is my very first post on Windows Vista Forums and Ultimate 64-bit Gaming Windows Vista and Gaming Compatibility I am eager to get into this thread First off Windows Vista Ultimate is the very best you can buy for gaming This features the bit OS version which can process GB of RAM at top speeds you can find in a new OS I would definitely recommend this OS for gaming and none other Now on to the main part of my thread Compatibility Gaming This is the most discussed issue for gamers across the US The problem is how do you get games to work specifically older games on Windows Vista Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Gaming and Compatibility Gaming Ultimate Well there are solutions You could wait until the company of the game makes a OS patch for the game although that could take a while You could go into the game files and put the game into compatibility mode for your OS And You could revert back to an older OS that works for your game Which one would you choose I would choose They are always going to make games work on a newer OS Lets take the game Lord of The Rings Battle for Middle Earth amp Electronic Arts EA has already made a patch for those two that will have more chance of running on Vista If doesn't work then it's the type of computer hardware you are using The hardware would guarantee be outdated In that case just get more recent hardware It's not that difficult With a bit of research common sense and problem solving skills you can get gaming compatibility issues out of your hair I hope this thread has helped a couple of you out there Sincerely alienware Think I helped you out Click the scales Give me some rep Thanks

A:Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Gaming and Compatibility Gaming

Very Smart Post!
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A:Windows Vista 32-bit and Gaming

See if the following article helps explain why you are not seeing the full 4GB RAM in a 32-bit Vista system: The system memory that is reported in the System Information dialog box in Windows Vista is less than you expect if 4 GB of RAM is installed. Seeing 3.2-3.3 GB is common and not indicative of a problem with your system (nor is there much you can do to change this).

I don't know if gaming performance is better with 64-bit systems or 32-bit systems if both have the same amount of RAM installed and the same video cards (with the same RAM on the cards) and the same other hardware performance characteristics (like the speed of the hard drive, the refresh rate limits of the monitor, and other such things). I suspect the 64-bit system may be a little faster all other things equal on some games and no different on others but that's just an educated guess (assuming you have a 64-bit processor and motherboard). Of course, if you add more RAM to the 64-bit system (something you can't do with a 32-bit system) and increase RAM on your video card, you will probably see some improvement - if the rest of your system can handle it and all the other devices are "enhanced" so nothing is causing a bottleneck (like maybe a slow monitor or something like that).

I hope this helps.

Good luck!
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apoligies for the simple questions, im a simple person :)

A:Optimizing vista for gaming - windows indexing ?

This article explains how to disable indexing.
Speed Up or Disable Windows Search Indexing in Vista - How-To Geek

But don't expect much from it. Indexing only runs occasionally so unless it is running this setting will do nothing. When it is running the impact on performance depends on many factors.

You can find tweaks all over the Internet. Unfortunately, most of them have little effect and some are harmful.
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A:Vista gaming vs Xp gaming

Well i read that only the vista can use the all power of the new directx, so it should be better for games, anyway Windows Vista is heavier than the XP, even if you disable the Aero. How many RAM do u have?
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A:Vista vs Vista gaming problems

Hi, AirCommando, and welcome to the forums.

I am moving your post to the Gaming section.
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Thank you in advance

A:gaming on vista

Hi mostkritical,

Could you provide a link to your motherboard the only info I could get on the model number you have listed is a socket 754 board witch does not support a X2-4200

I was looking for info on your board because I wonder what chipset it has and if you got and installed the vista chipset drivers. Also did you get the vista drivers from nvida?

I am not big into gaming so I am not sure how much help I can be but if all the latest drivers are not installed this could be the problem. If the board happens to have a via chipset I am fairly familiar with it and vista
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A:Vista Sp1 v XP SP3 Gaming

Using Vista 32bit hasn't been much of a problem. Though if I were you I'd stick with XP, more reliable and has fewer problems with games, also less connection problems with online gaming (not to mention you'll be able to run all the games out ther pretty much).

If you do end up choosing Vista no matter what you do, do NOT go for 64-bit, it is an anti-game hellhole.
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people say 64 is slower, but cant be by that much at all can it?

ive just got world in conflict which should run semi good but i get 8 frames per second during a nuclear strike which sucks, average of 23-30

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A:Vista & Gaming

Having run VistaU32 for an extended period and then moving to VistaU64 I'd say that 32bit is the safe bet for now, if you want the largest possible percentage of you legacy games to run. As far as what people "say" about Vista, I've long since given up on entertaining the thoughts of people who don't even have Vista loaded, which is where the vast majority of negative comments come from.
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I've just bought a new computer gaming pc this are all the configurations it has:
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A:Vista or 7 RC for Gaming Rig?

Hello and Welcome to the Se7enforums! Spartan Erik

I have a good feeling that all those that downed Vista and raved about XP being better for gaming will be in for a big surprize. You may want to look over the article titled posted on the other thread started by another member. Windows 7 will give boost to PC hardware

For trying out one of the 7 RCs even both before 7 is released on 10/22 you have until August 20th to download either or both directly from Microsoft. That would give you the opportunity to get familiar with the next version free of charge as well as allowing you a first hand comparison.

Another option to consider if you have the drive space available would be considering a dual boot of both Vista and 7. Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista
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A:Vista For Gaming

I'd expect that it would depend upon the game and what it's optimized for. You'll probably get more advice over in the Games forum:
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A:How is Vista SP1 doing for gaming?

all articles that I have read show that XP is superior to Vista for gaming.
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A:Gaming on Vista

I've heard a lot of hard-core gamers say that Vista is equal or slightly less fast as XP. If this is not a serious endeavor, and your hardware supports it, I'd go with Vista.
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A:Vista And Online Gaming

First of all, try to format your posts so they can be more readable. Trying to read that post made my eyes bleed.
Personally I play WOW (with BC) on my vista machine with 0 problems. have you tried running the game in compatability mode as XPSP2?

Here is an article explaining how to do so.

In short, all you have to do is go into the shortcut properties
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The main reasons I want to upgrade are obvious.. so I can utilize all of my memory, and so I can play games in DX10 mode.

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A:How is Vista 64 these days for gaming?

I'm not having any problems at all. Bioshock plays VERY well on 64-bit. Others have reported good gameplay with Crysis and Call of Duty. If you have a problem with a legacy game, you can always use the Compatibility mode. I have even successfuly played Thief on Vista 64-bit (with a very slight file manipulation).
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A:Vista Gaming Problems

Did you install the game correctly? (Install as administrator?)
Also it would be helpful if you posted any error messages you got from the game crash, that might help people narrow down the cause more effectively.
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A:Poor Gaming on Vista

I think you need to do some Game research and find out if the versions of these game are compatible with Vista. Most of the issues with games and Vista is with the games.

You need to check things out and not JUST go and install things that you don't know if they will work or not.
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A:vista in general for gaming

Originally Posted by forum112

Im thinking of buying a new desktop for gaming. The comp i was thinking of buying has a intel duo core 2.3 GH, 2 gigs of ram, and a nvidia 8600 gt 256 mg graphics card. Is this enough for vista gaming? Also, a game that i wanted to buy was medieval total war 2, is vista direct x 9.0c compatibile? would this game be compatibile with vista, or should i go with xp?

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A:Help on gaming (Vista enterprise)

when you say compatability, do you mean to check if it is compatable with your computer or run the program in compatability mode with XP?????
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A:Gaming on Vista: What it means.

Flawless Compatability:
World of Warcraft
Company of Heroes
Supreme Commander
Rainbow Six: Vegas
Battlestations: Midway
Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
Quake 4
Doom 3
Unreal Tournament 2004
Half Life 1, Half Life 2, Counterstrike, and all of Steam
Age of Empires 3
Civilization 4
Battle for Middle Earth 1/2

Performance dip but playable:
Battlefield 2142
Battlefield 2
Call of Duty 2

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A:Vista x64 BSOD while gaming

I would update drivers in this order:

Video Card

If you still have an issue then maybe its the game that needs updating?

Can you provide us a link to the game's systems requirements?
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Have you tried setting it to run in compatibility mode? Try setting it to run in compatibility mode for XP SP2, and Run as Administrator. Just a guess, but worth a shot
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Oh I almost forgot I have installed SP1
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A:Vista x64 BSOD @ 3D gaming

SP1 installed

like you can see -> core 2 duo (so yeah X64 processor installed)
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A:Vista Gaming Problem

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GameBoost - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET

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Have you patched the game? if so, was it with the autopatcher or stand alone installation?
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A:Good card for vista gaming

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Originally Posted by lablur1491

hey so im trying to play WC3 TFT and whenever i attempt to login to i get an error saying that there is a problem with my harddrive and/or there isnt enough space. however my harddrive has lots of space and my computer is new, i tried to download the patch from the site and when i try to install it i get this error

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Manually clear out all your temp folders.

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Use ccleaner if you lazy :-)
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No,there isn't any gaming improvements in the
better versions.
I think DX10 is updated to 10.1 now,though games
arent using that yet.
2GB is fine.
Might want to make sure you have a decent video card
with a decent amount of memory.
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A:Unknown 50% drop in gaming performance in Vista 64

Well, after many hours of guesswork, I was able to find the answer to my problem.

Thanks for reading.
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A:Vista laptop keyboard gaming problem


Originally Posted by roflusuk

My new Acer Aspire 5738G laptop keyboard doesnt function at all when trying to play certain games, for example stalker:shadow of Chernobyl and Gothic 3 and yet it works fine for newer games like stalker:clear sky and torchlight. Im running vista sp2 on it at the moment and am wondering whether i should look for new drivers or something

If it is new I would do a complete windows update and also install any optional updates that may be available to see if that fixes the problem!! It might actually fix the problem!!!
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CSS runs smoothly but when I move my mouse around to turn it jitters, it's wierd and difficult to write an explanation. The fps is okay I guess, I'd expect to get more but it's really bothering me that I can't run it smoothly.

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A:CPU crashing/power failing while gaming in Vista

does it crash only with a certain game? this may be a driver issue
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A:XP and Vista LAN issues for gaming - what's the source of the issue?


I guess I don't feel bad for not figuring it out - everyone I've talked to can only suggest the only standby "turn off your firewalls." Hmmmm.
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System Manufacturer: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. System Model: F5RL
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T2370 @ 1.73GHz (2 CPUs), 1.7GHz
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A:New laptop and Vista giving me grief [moved from Gaming]

Hello, Welcome to TSF

It's more then likely you've identified the problem, there is a known issue with Direct X10 and some of the games you mention.

Installing DirectX9 should solve your problem. You can have both 9 and 10 installed side by side without conflicts.

DirectX9 can be found here
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A:Cheap efficient router, Vista compatible, (LAN Gaming)

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A:Vista to Vista Lan gaming

Hi & welcome,

I would like some more information if you could please: -

What game are you trying to play?
Can you copy files to both pc's from the other one or do you just have read only access?
What firewall & antivirus software are you using?
Are both PC's connect via wire or wirelessly?

This information is needed to build the picture of your network & establish what the game might need to work.
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A:Vista 32 or Vista 64 for Better Gaming?

Originally Posted by panais

Vista 32 or Vista 64 for Better Gaming and Why?
Please when you reply be specific and state 5-6 reasons if possible.

I think , that if you have more than 4 GB of RAM you should use x64 vista since vista 32 bits is limited to 3 GB ram. But, x64 has some compatibilty problems
( i have found none since i installed it ).
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Gene Bigham, Ham1nator

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A:Building a Gaming Computer Gaming Low budget. Help.

The only thing that's missing is the power supply (the "PSU"), but we should wait until you select a CPU and video card - especially the video card. The PSU is an investment, so we have to make sure it's a good one.



Go for a 2 x 4 GB kit or 2 x 8 GB kit. Your only choice right now is DDR3. The cost can vary from roughly $50 USD give or take $10-$20 to almost $200 USD and more.


Which i5? 2nd Generation, 3rd Generation, or 4th Generation Core i5? The cost should be at around $200 give or take $10 to $20 USD.

Video card:

Try to avoid being loyal to one side or the other (NVIDIA or AMD) because some AMD GPUs are way better, but some NVIDIA GPUs are better.

The 128bit or 256bit is the bandwidth of the memory. The higher the number, the faster the memory can be in some ways.

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Yeah, this is a little bit of a personal thing because take me for example: I have two 60 GB solid state drives and it's all I need. One is for Windows and programs, and the other is for things like My Documents and even my desktop.

Like the power supply, the hard drive is a bit of an investment, so try to get good ones.


Not really. I would also like to see you build it instead of making someone do it for you. That way, you can make sure it's done right the first time. You won't need to know how to do anything because you can lean on us.

I also recommend posting this thread over on, but make it clear that you're not overclocking. They are very good at building computers.
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A:MSI Z170a Gaming 3 or GTX 960 GAMING 100ME Issue?

7-31-2016 Update

Well no one replied yet to my post but I did some more testing and the result is as follows.

I did some more troubleshooting and cleared the CMOS, swapped monitors, tried another HDMI cable and reinstalled the 960 into the new build for testing but it still did not solve the issue. Still locked at 800X600 with error code 43 (Windows disable the device because of problems) in device manager and I'm concerned about how the card itself boots and lights the RED VGA led on the MSI board. I retested it in that PC that has the 600watt PSU and an Asrock board and while it did work at a higher resolution the card behaves suspiciously during powerup as.

1. Power on All Fans and MSI logo light up.... Monitor is Blue (active)
2. 5 seconds later MSI logo goes off... fans still spinning.....Monitor is Amber (No Signal)
3. 15 seconds later MSI logo comes on......Monitor goes Blue (active)
4. Once Windows loads fans stop spinning. (Normal)

**Note** This is similar to the way it boots in the problem system (no RED led on Asrock board)

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A:BSOD 0x9C during gaming, new gaming PC, nothing helps

hello, Lazzi and welcome to the forums. I'll try to help you, but would you please upload the BSOD Posting Instructions here. I can't download the file you linked to without an account, plus we prefer them here. This will tell you how. Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Also, please open an elevated command prompt ( click start, type cmd in the search box, right click on the cmd entry and select run as administrator) in the black box that opens, copy/paste sfc /scannow. If you decide to type it, notice the space between the sfc and the /. It is a system file checker which will scan your system files and attempt to correct any missing or corrupt files. What we want are the results to say windows found no integrity violations. If it says files were found but could not be repaired, close the box, reboot and run it again, after opening the administrative command prompt. You may have to reboot and run it three times for it to repair all system files. If it can't repair them after 3 reboots, let us know.

And also give as detailed a description as you can about your hardware including the Case, PSU and CPU Cooler, and place them in your system specs. These are the instructions I usually give and maybe it will help you.

Please fill out your System Specs

Your System Specs will help us to help you, and doing it in this manner will make them available to all helpers in every post and keep us from hunting for them. We ask that you fill them out in as much detail as possible including Desktop or Laptop, Model number if it is an OEM computer and all components with the Manufacturer and Model number if possible.

If you will go to your last post and click the 'System Specs' in the bottom left of the post, you will find a link to update your system specs. Please fill those out in as much detail as possible, making sure to click save at the bottom of the page. If you would like to know what we would like, you can click 'My System Specs' at the bottom left of this post to see mine. If you do not know what your components are, this will help you accomplish this task. System Info - See Your System Specs
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Hi guys This is my first post while Gigabyte in Gaming GTX970 with SLI G1 gaming BSOD in this forum since I have not received any BSOD with Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX970 in SLI while gaming help from elswhere BSOD with Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX970 in SLI while gaming You guys are my only hope Okay so I recently bought two G Gaming GTX graphics cards The first driver install went bad by windows using its own drivers so I got the Display Driver Uninstaller from dguru scrubbed the drivers in safe mode After restart windows still used its own drivers at first but everything worked and I updated with the latest nVidia drivers Now to the issue After gaming for some time graphically demanding games AC Unity FarCry the PC would freeze and I would have a BSOD on my hands Interestingly enough this has happened with nVidia supported games but I've managed to play Alien Isolation for an extended period of time which is AMD supported Have not had any problems with Borderlands Pre Sequel nVidia supported either but it's also not as heavy on the GPU When the BSOD has happened it has happened approx within an hour of gaming sometimes within minutes The BSOD does not happen when I'm watching movies or browsing the net or working on the PC just when gaming heavy does it occur I run the system SLI enabled I'm going to include two crash dumps below By the looks of it it seems to be a driver issue so what are my options here I've reinstalled the drives but still the problem has persisted Any help or insight into the BSOD errors I'm getting would be greatly appreciated Thanks in advance Nahkman Code Debugging Details ------------------ BUGCHECK STR x C GenuineIntel CUSTOMER CRASH COUNT DEFAULT BUCKET ID WIN DRIVER FAULT PROCESS NAME ACU exe CURRENT IRQL f ANALYSIS VERSION debuggers dbg - amd fre LAST CONTROL TRANSFER from fffff to fffff c b STACK TEXT fffff f b fffff c fffff f b nt KeBugCheckEx fffff f b fffff f hal HalpMcaReportError x fffff f c fffff e db e hal HalpMceHandlerWithRendezvous x f fffff f cc fffff bf c hal HalHandleMcheck x fffff f cf fffff bf d nt KxMcheckAbort x c fffff f e a nt KiMcheckAbort x d f x a STACK COMMAND kb FOLLOWUP IP nt KxMcheckAbort c fffff bf c d c lea rcx rsp h SYMBOL STACK INDEX SYMBOL NAME nt KxMcheckAbort c FOLLOWUP NAME MachineOwner MODULE NAME nt IMAGE NAME ntkrnlmp exe DEBUG FLR IMAGE TIMESTAMP fb cd IMAGE VERSION FAILURE BUCKET ID X x C GenuineIntel nt KxMcheckAbort c BUCKET ID X x C GenuineIntel nt KxMcheckAbort c ANALYSIS SOURCE KM FAILURE ID HASH STRING km x x c genuineintel nt kxmcheckabort c FAILURE ID HASH bfc df - f e- c- - c f Followup MachineOwner Code Debugging Details ------------------ BUGCHECK STR x GenuineIntel CUSTOMER CRASH COUNT DEFAULT BUCKET ID WIN DRIVER FAULT PROCESS NAME System CURRENT IRQL ANALYSIS VERSION debuggers dbg - amd fre STACK TEXT fffff e b fffff cdca fffffa d fffffa d nt WheapCreateLiveTriageDump x c fffff e ad fffff aee fffffa d fffff d fffffa d nt WheapCreateTriageDumpFromPreviousSession x fffff e b fffff fffff b fffffa a a fffffa d nt WheapProcessWorkQueueItem x fffff e b fffff c fffff a e fffff fffffa d nt WheapWorkQueueWorkerRoutine x fffff e b fffff bae fffffa d fffffa cf nt ExpWorkerThread x fffff e c fffff c fffff fffffa d fffff ffc nt PspSystemThreadStartup x a fffff e c fffff e fffff db fffff e e nt KxStartSystemThread x STACK COMMAND kb FOLLOWUP NAME MachineOwner MODULE NAME GenuineIntel IMAGE NAME GenuineIntel DEBUG FLR IMAGE TIMESTAMP IMAGE VERSION FAILURE BUCKET ID X x GenuineIntel PROCESSOR MAE PRV BUCKET ID X x GenuineIntel PROCESSOR MAE PRV ANALYSIS SOURCE KM FAILURE ID HASH STRING km x x genuineintel processor mae prv FAILURE ID HASH e -e - e - -f d e Followup MachineOwner

A:BSOD with Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX970 in SLI while gaming

I've been having a very similar issue, I've only got the one Gigabyte 970 G1, and I've only really tested 2 games (AC Unity and Civ Beyond Earth) and while playing both after usually a few hours they'll freeze then I'll get a bsod. They're always Bug Check Code: 0x00000124 and all have the Crash Address: ntoskrnl.exe+4ae61c.

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A:BSOD Occurring Randomly while gaming and when i am not gaming???

Hi Welcome to SF

Unfortunately the dumps you uploaded are all 0x124 errors which are hardware related
BSOD Index
My initial thought is as this is new machine i would return it to place of purchase as something is obviously not right, if you wish to look into this then...
Have a read of this thread it will give you some things to try
Stop 0x124 - what it means and what to try
Analysing your dumps (they are all the same) they state an error with level 2 cache on your cpu

Section 2 : x86/x64 MCA
Descriptor @ fffffa800bc43138
Section @ fffffa800bc432c0
Offset : 664
Length : 264
Flags : 0x00000000
Severity : Fatal
Error : DCACHEL2_PREFETCH_ERR (Proc 1 Bank 6)
Status : 0xfe20000000021166
Address : 0x00000000a3edddc0
Misc. : 0x0000003206000086

Section 2 : x86/x64 MCA
Descriptor @ fffffa800bc59138
Section @ fffffa800bc592c0
Offset : 664
Length : 264
Flags : 0x00000000
Severity : Fatal
Error : DCACHEL2_DRD_ERR (Proc 4 Bank 6)
Status : 0xfe20000000021136
Address : 0x000000003d1bddc0
Misc. : 0x0000007007000086

Section 2 : x86/x64 MCA
Descriptor @ fffffa800bc22138
Section @ fffffa800bc222c0
Offset : 664
Length : 264
Flags : 0x00000000
Severity : Fatal
Error : DCACHEL2_DRD_ERR (Proc 5 Bank 6)
Status : 0xfe20000000021136
Address : 0x000000004f4fddc0
Misc. : 0x000000b040000086
So you could potentially be looking at a problem with your cpu or motherboard
Check temperatures and make sure chip is not overheating
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A:Windows 7 BSOD While Gaming

Hi -

You have really covered many basis. Nice job!

The bugchecks on the 8 dumps were identical -

0x50 = page fault in nonpaged area = invalid memory referenced

Probable cause of all8 = Creative SB X-Fi; All failed under lotroclient.exe - Lord of the Rings

The SB X-Fi driver is listed first, but the second driver is without a doubt your worst enemy at this time - a 2005 Asus ATK0110 AI Suite utility mobo driver. Update it 1st -


ctoss2k.sys Wed Jun 03 13:57:43 2009 (4A26B997) - SB X-Fi XtremeGamer Card

ASACPI.sys Sun Mar 27 22:30:36 2005 (42476C4C) - Asus ATK0110 utility

ctac32k.sys Wed Jul 02 04:38:22 2008 (486B3E7E) - Sound Blaster Audigy 2 driver
nvm62x64.sys Fri Oct 17 17:01:06 2008 (48F8FD12) - NVIDIA nForce hardware firewall
Asus driver updates -->

Creative SB Support -->


I also took note of BIOS date. You may want to look for BIOS update -

BIOS Version: Phoenix Technologies, LTD
ASUS P5N32-E SLI ACPI BIOS Revision 1503, 8/1/2008
Please let me know how things go.

Regards. . .





Built by: 7600.16385.amd64fre.win7_rtm.090713-1255
Debug session time: Tue Mar 23 20:07:30.921 2010 (GMT-4)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:14:05.950
BugCheck 50, {ffffffff84ad0000, 0, fffff80002aeee60, 5}
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for ctoss2k.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for ctoss2k.sys
Probably caused by : ctoss2k.sys ( ctoss2k+5d92 )
PROCESS_NAME: lotroclient.ex
Built by: 7600.16385.amd64fre.win7_rtm.090713-1255
Debug session time: Tue Mar 23 19:52:34.797 2010 (GMT-4)
System Uptime: 0 days 1:31:20.826
BugCheck 50, {ffffffff89460000, 0, fffff80002ae6e60, 5}
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for ctoss2k.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for ctoss2k.sys
Probably caused by : ctoss2k.sys ( ctoss2k+5d92 )
PROCESS_NAME: lotroclient.ex
Built by: 7600.16385.amd64fre.win7_rtm.090713-1255
Debug session time: Tue Mar 23 13:31:17.968 2010 (GMT-4)
System Uptime: 0 days 3:14:43.997
BugCheck 50, {ffffffff81950000, 0, fffff80002a9de60, 5}
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for ctoss2k.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for ctoss2k.sys
Probably caused by : ctoss2k.sys ( ctoss2k+5d92 )
PROCESS_NAME: lotroclient.ex
Built by: 7600.16385.amd64fre.win7_rtm.090713-1255
Debug session time: Mon Mar 22 19:38:38.822 2010 (GMT-4)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:17:50.850
BugCheck 50, {ffffffff814a0000, 0, fffff80002adfe60, 5}
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for ctoss2k.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for ctoss2k.sys
Probably caused by : ctoss2k.sys ( ctoss2k+5d92 )
PROCESS_NAME: lotroclient.ex
Built by: 7600.16385.amd64fre.win7_rtm.090713-1255
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BugCheck 50, {ffffffff83d10000, 0, fffff800028f6e60, 5}
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for ctoss2k.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for ctoss2k.sys
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A:Windows 7 crash on gaming

Definitely looks like an audio device issue. It says in your System Information that they're disabled? Verify this in the Device Manager (link in my signature should help if you need it) and if true then enable them.