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My GPU crashes while playing PC games. Any ideas on how to fix? Answered

Whenever I play 3d PC games (mostly Source engine games), my graphics card crashes if there's to much action onscreen. By this I mean that when it crashes, the game freezes for a second, then the whole screen flashes black, and the screen returns to normal, albeit with the fact that the game is "Not Responding", with a little message at the bottom right corner saying that my graphics card crashed, and that it recovered. It might be attributed to the fact that said computer is a laptop, with a mobile graphics card, but any ideas on how to fix, or at least prevent it from happening more often? Here are some detailed specs of my PC.

CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T6400 @ 2.00GHz
RAM: 3.8 GB
Video Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family

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MahavishnuMan (author)2010-03-20

Since you have a laptop, there really isn't much that can be said other than an onboard chipset is not designed for gaming, period.  I don't care what the ads tell you.

For now, the best you can do is start by playing the game on the absolute lowest settings.  If that's stable, gradually raise the texture detail.  If that's stable at maximum, then slowly raise the overall screen resolution.  Keep anti-aliasing disabled, as that will surely slow your frame rate and bog the computer down.

In the future, if you absolutely must own a laptop for gaming, purchase one with a dedicated video card.  Gaming laptops are generally a bad idea though, for several reasons.  First, they are pound-for-pound 2 to 3 times more expensive than a comparable desktop.  Second, you can't really upgrade anything in a laptop besides system RAM; for everything else, you get what you get and you are stuck with it.  This means no matter how much you spend, your laptop will be obsolete in a couple years (and that's a generous estimate when it comes to gaming).  As for a desktop, you can gut it like a fish if you need to upgrade anything, so it's far more futureproof.

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tragicallyhip (author)2010-03-17

Set your resolution to a lower value,if the card is crashing at say 1200x1024 reset to a much lower one.Set all in game setting's to lower value's no AA,no AF. Your onboard card must rewrite millions of polygons a sec the lower settings will help,Over heating will cause the card to display unwanted artifacts in game,check to see if the laptop internals are all gunked up preventing the heatsinks from throwing off heat properly.Lastly an aftermarket laptop cooler may cool thing's down enough so thing's run stable.
good luck

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lemonie (author)2010-03-17

Try turning down all the settings, turning things "off" included.
Play, stop, turn one of the setting up/on
Repeat, until you find out what pushed it too far.
While giving us details, the GPU information is still a bit vague
Display Properties - Advanced - Adapter says what?


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NachoMahma (author)2010-03-17

.  I'd try Koosie's idea and (re)install the latest drivers first.
.  If that doesn't work I suspect a heat problem.

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Koosie (author)2010-03-17

Have tried installing the latest drivers?

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