breaking windows

oldman420

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seems like maybe i play too hard but i have to install xp at least every 10 days as it breaks and i dont feel safe with broken windows in my house. is it just me or does anyone else have this issue?
thanks
 

minendo

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What do you mean by broken?

Definitely sounds like you are not configuring the install properly or downloading viruses, spyware, etc.
 

oldman420

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strange behavior is what im refering to.
in specfic
explorer crashing at random times under load or not.
directx 9 not working with 3dmark and some games despite the fact that dx9diag checks out perfectly
bootups getting slower and large ereas fo the desktop not refreshing correctly
thumbmail views in explorer crash it in my movies
i do play hard and tend to compute on the edge, i adjust my hw settings and clock speeds frequently, i have also been known to frequent dangerouse places on the internet.
but
i run nav 2003, windows firewall and zone alarm i also keep spybot and spysweeper resident i do a daily scan for bugs and viruses and with the recent exception of blazefind have avoided any infection. maybe i should switch to mandrake . if only i could figure out how to use it properly i would switch right now
 

WobbleWobble

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You're overclocking and pushing the limits of a Barton. I would try running at lower or stock speeds to see if that smooths things out. I'd also run stability tests like Prime95 and memtest86. If it fails Prime95 in a matter of minutes you can be pretty sure it's because you're trying to overclock too much. But see if you can run it for at least 12 hours straight. With memtest86, you shouldn't have any errors whatsoever.
 

oldman420

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i figured as much. too bad. how do some people run at 2.7 ghz and seem to have no problems?
 

WobbleWobble

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2.7GHz is very extreme.

Even at 2.5GHz you're doing very well. The people with very high overclocks tend to have watercooling or something better. That or they're very very lucky.

If you're hanging in the 2.2-2.5GHz stable area, you're already doing pretty good.
 

oldman420

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thanks man i realy beleive that anything over 2.5 ghz is kind of a waste you dont get nearly the performance boost you might think. im thinking of going to a slower chip ..mobile 2400 35 watt and running it at 2.2 at 1.5 vcore it should run fine and cool and i beleive its the vga that helps make a great gaming rig. and good ram helps too