Ok. I'm not here to bash Vista. I'm really not. But I've crashed over 50
times in the past 24 hours. I cannot play Halo 2 without it crashing between
10-30 min. Sometimes It'll hang. Most commonly I'll get a Blue screen. I've
never seen a buggier operating system. My first series of BSOD's was due to
the >3gb ram crash, which was patched. But I can't find a patch for this:
Playing Halo 2 I'll get a blue screen with anything from an IRQ error, a
PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA error, to System Service Exception. All of these
happen with dxgkrnl.sys referenced.
I've updated all of the drivers to my:
NVidia 8800 GTX
Fatal1ty X-Fi Sound Card
NVidia 680i SLI Chipset, North Bridge, etc.
Monitors even have drivers.
I've read that the X-Fi cards have conflicts with the 8800 GTX cards. So I
disabled it. Still no go.
I've spent an additional 600$ in new RAM thinking it's this legacy crap I've
got in it, as EVERY OTHER PART IS NEW. I just spent nearly 3 grand on this
thing, and I can barely use it for it's intended purpose: Gaming.
GPU Temperature during gaming is at most 80C (the GPU Can go up to 100C
before issues arise) and at idle is 62C
CPU is an Intel Core 2 Duo Conroe E6850, operating at less than 30C thanks
to the Peltier cooler I have in effect.
The case has two 250mm fans on the intake and plenty of air flow, keeping
ambient temperature to about 35C with the sensor resting near the video card.
So I know it can't be a heat issue. I know it can't be a hardware issue.
This stuff works... well worked.. fine in XP.
So please, PLEASE PLEASE tell me what is wrong, what I'm doing wrong here.
I'm a computer nerd. You have no idea how frustrating it is not to be able to
fix this problem myself. But MS want's me to pay just to get the software,
which I paid for, to even work. This just does not seem right to me. What's
worse is it's their own game, and it's crashing the OS.
So I'm asking you guys. Anyone have an idea of what this problem could be
that I haven't tried? If this is in the wrong area, please forgive me. I felt
this the best section, as it doesn't really fall into any other section...
For the TLDR Crowd:
My system's got top of the line parts, and is crashing constantly.
I've tried removing the sound card which is suspected to cause conflicts in
other (internet) threads.
Not a hardware failure, suspect driver conflict.