scary freeze with sound - edit: recommend a gpu temp monitor

So sometimes when I play Planetside 2, instead of the usual crashes for that game, the computer becomes completely unresponsive and the last few tenths of a second of whatever sound was playing last will repeat over and over. The one I just had now was worse, the computer rebooted itself and I caught a glimpse of a blue screen but all the text I could catch was "in order to prevent damage". What's super scary is the fact that a graphical glitch carried over into the new boot and didn't go away until Win7 booted up. A grid of white dots was on the screen, on top of the usual stuff the BIOS displays on start up.

So far this has only happened once outside of a game. Despite the fact that I just put in three brand new memory modules, I really hope it's not their fault.

Well on the surface it sounds like your videocard's overheating. Does this happen with any other games?

Try spraying the cooler clean with some canned air.

I have a GeForce GTS 250 with crap for a GPU cooler. Without an aggressive fan profile that ramps up its fan speed quickly, it'll do what you're experiencing. Even with that, I have to be careful on the detail slider in certain games.

(Man, I need a new cooler on that card.)

I think you're all on the money with the GPU (gtx 260). Ironically, I was worried what a new card might do to my system so I hadn't installed the gtx 560 ti (which is shorter than the 260 yay!) that I bought for Christmas yet. So I finally replaced it and everything's normal again, or will be once I reinstall the new memory. I played Planetside 2 and destroyed a couple of tanks and planes with my scythe. I love armor columns, there's so many targets.

There was dust on the fan, it was running when the card was on. I was hoping to use the 260 for all the physx stuff, maybe it will be an easy fix.

Another point to the gpu, I was listening to the GWJ Conference Call when my screen stopped responding, but I could still hear it over wireless headphones, so clearly a lot of the system was still working. I was afraid it was the power supply for a while.

Thank you Lord.

I tried to find a gpu temp monitor from nvidia but it was old (2008) and didn't run on my computer (win7 ultimate 64-bit). Do you have a gpu temperature monitor suggestion?

Drat, one of the mem modules seems bad. One seemed bad when I first installed them, but I switched the slot I put them into and that seemed to work.

cpuid HW monitor shows GPU temp. Its freeware.

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

EVGA PrecisionX requires a free registration to use, but it works great for nVidia cards. It doesn't require a specific brand. It does an on screen HUD in games if you want and also allows for custom cooling profiles and clock speeds.

LouZiffer wrote:

EVGA PrecisionX requires a free registration to use, but it works great for nVidia cards. It doesn't require a specific brand. It does an on screen HUD in games if you want and also allows for custom cooling profiles and clock speeds.

This is the one I use too.