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SuperStarr
2nd Aug 2011, 10:56 AM
:!: Forgive me if I have broken any rules and/or regulations: :!:

I have a pretty decent custom built desktop that I have been updating here and there over the past 2 years. I did not create it, I bought it from a gamer on craigslist some years ago. Anyways let's cut to the chase. I have 16GB's of Custom Content, as I create many videos and need a variety of items. I've been using Game Booster V2.41, and also CFF Explorer to speed up loading times. My computer consists of 2 drives partitioned into 4 drives and I run my Sims off of my (F:/). For some reason after playing The Sims 2 after any restart I receive a message on boot saying:

"CPU Error! CPU Overheat... Press F1 To Continue" (Or something along the lines) :faceslap:

Only when I play the Sims 2 do I see this.

I am NOT by any means very good with building models as I study 3D Animation and are more on the Designers end of the knowledge. I Play with my settings all on high (It automatically loads that way after installation). Also On 1680 x 1050?? Something resolution (can't remember). My monitor is a 21'. Also, when playing loading times are slow, but that is expected, but gaming and graphics are fine. Only time it becomes choppy is in CAS Section 4. Is There a way to stop this? What can I upgrade to stop this?
I have NOD32 Antivirus 4 and It keeps my system pretty clean.

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System Information
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Time of this report: 8/2/2011, 05:10:16
Machine name: STARR-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.110408-1631)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: System Product Name
BIOS: BIOS Date: 10/07/08 10:19:30 Ver: 08.00.14
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5200 @ 2.50GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.5GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8192MB RAM
Page File: 2620MB used, 13760MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 64bit Unicode

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DxDiag Notes
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Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.

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DirectX Debug Levels
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Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

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Display Devices
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Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 9500 GT
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0640&SUBSYS_0643196E&REV_A1
Display Memory: 4069 MB
Dedicated Memory: 997 MB
Shared Memory: 3071 MB
Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: FPD2185W
Monitor Id: GWY088A
Native Mode: 1680 x 1050(p) (60.003Hz)
Output Type: DVI
Driver Name: nvd3dumx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvd3dum,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
Driver File Version: 8.17.0012.7533 (English)
Driver Version: 8.17.12.7533
DDI Version: 10
Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 5/25/2011 02:25:23, 15223912 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp:
Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-4500-11CF-B367-4F261FC2C535}
Vendor ID: 0x10DE
Device ID: 0x0640
SubSys ID: 0x0643196E
Revision ID: 0x00A1
Driver Strong Name: oem45.inf:NVIDIA_SetA_Devices.NTamd64.6.1:Section005:8.17.12.7533:pci\ven_10de&dev_0640
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D3D9 Overlay: Supported
DXVA-HD: Supported
DDraw Status: Enabled
D3D Status: Enabled
AGP Status: Enabled


2 Installed drives, 1st is 1TB, 2nd is 500GB
F: has 156GB of Free Space available, C: has 58GB Free space available.

Do I need a new CPU? A new video card? What should I do?

I don't know what I am doing and do not want my computer to fry because I can smell a sweet burning smell when playing at times. I appreciate any help I can get! :cry:

ellacharmed
2nd Aug 2011, 12:01 PM
You get a CPU Overheat message at the time of booting up? Oh dear!

Was the case moved recently? That may have shaken cables inside loose? Or done any recent upgrades?
Do you hear fans whirring?
Can you open the case, and see if the cpu heatsink fan is also working?
Might look something like the 2nd image on this page (http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/build_a_kickass_500_gaming_pc_play_crysis_40fps).

Check that the headers (2nd image on this page (http://www.cluboc.net/reviews/cases/coolermaster/ammo533/page4.htm)) didn't come loose.
Either that or the CMOS battery is dying - http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000301.htm

SuperStarr
2nd Aug 2011, 12:54 PM
I know, the error message makes me cringe!

Yes, the case gets moved around a lot. I lived in dorm for the past 2 years and during all breaks I brought my desktop home. Since it has been summer I have not moved it much besides when I move it to unplug the keyboard or mouse to use on my other tower. Upgrades? Umm... The only one I can really recall is when I upgraded my RAM from 4GB to 8GB but that was a while back... maybe almost 2 years ago. I did have a lot of software and driver updates on Driver Genius but haven't purchased anything new for it.

My fan is working, it has always been a quiet one. Cool Max 500W Power Supply, it's pretty dusty in there and when I run the game it'll grunt at me off and on. My AC doesn't have good circulation to my bedroom so I keep the side of the case off so it can breathe. Here's some lovely dusty pics:

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l93/PrEcIoUs_FaIrY/KansasCity-20110802-00232.jpg

I took this to show my fan is working:
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l93/PrEcIoUs_FaIrY/KansasCity-20110802-00236.jpg

Video Card Fan Working:
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l93/PrEcIoUs_FaIrY/KansasCity-20110802-00239.jpg

And those cables snugged in:
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l93/PrEcIoUs_FaIrY/KansasCity-20110802-00234.jpg

I've only seen the CPU error message after gameplay of TS2. Without playing the game it boots up normally.
So I hope it isn't dying! :( Thank you for replying any further help is greatly appreciated!

EDIT: I might as well add that I've only began to notice it within the last few months but have ignored it. So I guess the real question I'm asking is "Why is this happening?" "How can I fix it?" or "Am I fine, and should continue to ignore it?" Haha, us poor college kids have to work with what we have!

I know about that CPU Affinity option, I guess I can try that and let you know if anything changes when I unclick a cpu.

ellacharmed
2nd Aug 2011, 3:28 PM
Ah, if you've moved the casing about, I'd first checked the cables are connected and cards all seated properly.

If this is only happening after a reboot following a TS2 gameplay session, you might want to start monitoring Temps - use hwmonitor.
A good cleanup of that fan might improve things a tad.

Other than that, perhaps a shorter gameplay session, or lower settings, exit out of other applications while playing, so as not to tax the CPU and fans too much.

ZenFrog76
4th Aug 2011, 8:12 PM
If you can get a set of mini makeup brushes and use those very carefully to clean out all the dust in the unit and in the fans. I do mine every 6 months or so and it does make a slight difference to temps in the PC. Dust can cause a lot of problems...
Zen

BenC0722
8th Aug 2011, 4:41 AM
I notice some empty slots for fans. The best practice is to fill up every single fan slot in your case.

You may also wish to upgrade the CPU fan and heat sink.

However, before you purchase anything, take note of the following information:

- The width of each of the fan slots.
- The socket type for your CPU (so you can purchase a compatible CPU fan/heat sink).

To determine the socket type, just look up the make and model of your CPU on Google. One of the links you get will probably say what socket type it is.