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Posted on Friday, May 10, 2002 - 11:38 am:   

I've recently built a new PC from various parts (AMD 1900+xp, 256mb RAM, Geforce 4 Ti4400, Gigabyte GA-7VTXH+, Maxtor HDD) and after some trouble with a faulty motherboard which had to be replaced, I managed to get everything sorted and got the thing up and running as smoothly as I could have hoped, and everything seemed to be working well.

For the first 4 or 5 days all was fine, I got everything installed on it, my games seemed to run fine etc, but recently, over the past couple of days, some strange things have been happening presumably when the CPU gets under pressure - for instance when I try and either host or join a LAN unreal tournament game, the PC just reboots itself (whereas only a couple of days previously I had been able to do this on the same PC with exactly the same hardware and OS without any problems). Also when I try and host or join a Fedi Knight II game, if I do it on a small map although things seem to work fine at first, albeit with perhaps slightly jerkier graphics than I had been used to, after a couple of frags it comes up with some funny in-game error message and stops the game. If I try it on the bigger maps it simply will freeze before it even starts the game.

Thinking it might have something to do with the CPU overheating, I took off the heatsink & fan, added some more silicon compund, and reclipped the heatsink & fan, making sure it was clipped on properly. However this didnt make any difference, and I dont think its a temperature problem as the M/Board monitor showed it to be at an ok temperature.

Changing the slot into which my RAM is connected didnt make any difference either.

Incidentaly here are 2 of the error messages I get in Jedi Knight 2:

CL_ParseServerMessage: Illegible server message
CL_ParsePAcketEntities: end of message

At the moment I'm still not too sure about what it is that's causing this. Initially I thought it was the CPU but now I'm not quite so sure, and someone advised it might be something to do with the RAM even. Any advise on the cause, or further tests I could do to see what it is therefore would be very much appreciiated.
David Sweigart
Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2002 - 6:40 pm:   

Your post makes me wonder if my freezes and auto shut downs are related to my ti4600. The timing would be right. If I arrive at anything, I'll post it.

p.s. Trish....Unable to trade links with ya. :o(
"URL not found on this server" My new :o)
Posted on Friday, May 17, 2002 - 3:24 am:   

It would sound like an ethernet card or connection problem if the only time this happens is during multiplayer create/join.

Possibly updated ethernet card drivers, another card or reinstall card.

Or are you using a different version of the game than the one you're trying to join.
Posted on Friday, May 17, 2002 - 5:29 pm:   

check your software for directx as well as what kevin said. you may need to update it. or check that it is all directx compliant, and the latest version directx. update drivers too as previously mentioned
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2004 - 10:08 pm:   

Spontaneous reboots may be power supply related
Check your psu. Your psu may not have enough power
for your hardware.
Posted on Tuesday, February 3, 2004 - 5:59 am:   

This sounds like the trouble I have been having. My comp. either crashes or reboots while playing games. It is fine while online, or playing games that don't require much power, like solitare or Majesty. Sim City runs ok, but Harry Potter freezes up. At first, I was getting a low memory error, but I set the swap file to a fixed size, and that seemed to help for a while. I have a Gigabyte mb,amd 2400+,xp home, ati 9000 pro, 60 g samsung hd,onboard sound. All drivers are updated, all dx tests pass, I recently upgraded my processor from a 1700+. do I need more voltage for the new processor? Is it the power supply ? Is it really winmx even if it isn't running? I have winmx on my other comp., and it works great. How do I test my power supply?

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