niklanidja

Black screen and crashes my PC

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42 minutes ago, JAFO said:

Many thanks @niklanidja for the patience and the detailed checking and reporting you've done. Good to see too that you have a good understanding of taking care of your PC. So many people treat them like an appliance that doesn't need caring for.

You've eliminated a heck of a lot of possibilities with those responses.. thanks. I'm going to give it some thought before attempting anything in-depth

 

However.. in the meantime, your power supply concerns me.

I'd like to preface my comments by noting that even an expensive PSU from a company with an excellent reputation may fail. Dud components occasionally happen to anyone. I had a brand-new excellent quality PSU fail after just a couple of months.

When a PSU fails, it can often do so very slowly.. and you'd need to have a digital voltmeter to know there were problems developing. (Speaking of which, are you up for that, if we ask you to?)

I looked up your PSU - in general, despite not being one of the better-known manufacturers, they seem to have a reasonable reputation, but some insist their gear has issues. So I went digging around some more.

And found this review. By people who know what they're doing, and do a proper teardown on it, and not just plug it in to see how it goes. I can highly recommend reading their "A Detailed Look Into PSUs" article, as well.

First of all, it's disappointing to see no ripple protection in the PSU. If excessive (50mV), voltage ripple can lead to subtle damage to other components in hard to diagnose ways. Voltage being too high or low can cause components (including RAM) to have errors. Abnormally high or low voltages can cause system shutdown and in extreme cases may burn out components.

Secondly, the quality of the hand-soldered (!) solder work in the review sample was shockingly poor. I honestly shuddered when I saw the pics. Just the sight of it made me want to reach for my soldering iron.

One of my other hats says "electronics nut" on it.. And I can assure you that bad solder joints can lead to all kinds of problems with a circuit, weird problems.. long before total failure occurs. Voltages being outside of acceptable limits seems a likely outcome.

In your shoes, I wouldn't trust that PSU until I'd opened it up and inspected the workmanship for myself. Is it still in warranty, or how old is it?

I read that review.....WOW.

My dad had his own electronics company when I was growing up. At it's height he had about 50 employees. He fixed dot-matrix printers and their circuit boards. He would never allow anything to look like that monstrosity....and that's why I wasn't allowed to solder. I did make cool alien blobs out of the solder though....

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1 minute ago, Thrasador said:

I did make cool alien blobs out of the solder though....

So did the person who soldered up that board.. :D

Did you see the bit about where the cables came out of the box?!?!  <shudders>

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11 minutes ago, JAFO said:

So did the person who soldered up that board.. :D

Did you see the bit about where the cables came out of the box?!?!  <shudders>

Yeah I saw. That was a pretty bad looking unit in general. I would have sent it back and said  "as is" it's getting a 5 out of 10 for poor craftsmanship....

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Back when I built my PCs I think I went with Enermax....

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5 hours ago, Carbon said:

My current setup has a HCG 850w. PSU - total overkill wattage-wise and not cheap, but I'm not going to skimp on watts or quality.

I've just checked it out.. very nice unit. I think you've just made up my mind for my upcoming gaming rig.

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2 minutes ago, JAFO said:

I've just checked it out.. very nice unit. I think you've just made up my mind for my upcoming gaming rig.

Apparently Enermax doesn't even produce it's own PSUs anymore....that's a shame. The last time I built a PC was about 2001, lol. In computer technology years that's forever ago.....

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6 minutes ago, Thrasador said:

The last time I built a PC was about 2001, lol. In computer technology years that's forever ago.....

Not quite forever ago.. I'm pretty sure the dinosaurs were around back then.. ;)

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@niklanidja don't forget to do what Patrick suggested when you get a chance....ultimately Hinterland may be the only ones who may be able to solve an issue with The Long Dark not running....

In the event it is software and not your hardware....

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44 minutes ago, Thrasador said:

@niklanidja don't forget to do what Patrick suggested when you get a chance....ultimately Hinterland may be the only ones who may be able to solve an issue with The Long Dark not running....

In the event it is software and not your hardware....

Im 120% sure its not hardware, only thing left is to stress test my PSU, ill leave it to the guys from where i bought it from

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On 8/30/2017 at 10:02 PM, Thrasador said:

@niklanidja don't forget to do what Patrick suggested when you get a chance....ultimately Hinterland may be the only ones who may be able to solve an issue with The Long Dark not running....

In the event it is software and not your hardware....

Done they stress tested it no issues

On 8/30/2017 at 8:10 PM, JAFO said:

Not quite forever ago.. I'm pretty sure the dinosaurs were around back then.. ;)

Done they stress tested it no issues

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12 minutes ago, niklanidja said:

Done they stress tested it no issues

Done they stress tested it no issues

Cool....yeah I think all that may be left is sending the things @Patrick Carlson stated you should mail to them. It may be an issue that they have to look into on their end.

Your computer should definitely be able to run the game, and it appears to be functioning in all other games....

Sorry we made you check so many things lol....troubleshooting is fun sometimes though. It's like solving a puzzle. Jafo and I like puzzles....

Sorry we failed to pinpoint the issue. It has to be related to the game software....all your hardware seems to be working...

I still feel like that model graphics card historically had a lot of black screen issues. Nvidia often updates it's drivers to benefit large mainstream games. It still could be Nvidia driver related....but if it IS, fixing it could involve communication between Nvidia and Hinterland.

Like Nvidia may need to tailor the drivers for that particular card in relation to The Long Dark...but I feel like if that was the problem, more people would have the same issue. That is probably a pretty popular card model....

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1 hour ago, Thrasador said:

Cool....yeah I think all that may be left is sending the things @Patrick Carlson stated you should mail to them. It may be an issue that they have to look into on their end.

Your computer should definitely be able to run the game, and it appears to be functioning in all other games....

Sorry we made you check so many things lol....troubleshooting is fun sometimes though. It's like solving a puzzle. Jafo and I like puzzles....

Sorry we failed to pinpoint the issue. It has to be related to the game software....all your hardware seems to be working...

I still feel like that model graphics card historically had a lot of black screen issues. Nvidia often updates it's drivers to benefit large mainstream games. It still could be Nvidia driver related....but if it IS, fixing it could involve communication between Nvidia and Hinterland.

Like Nvidia may need to tailor the drivers for that particular card in relation to The Long Dark...but I feel like if that was the problem, more people would have the same issue. That is probably a pretty popular card model....

All good, thank you for trying to help me i appreciate it

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 - @niklanidja so what was the issue? trojen / virus? ha or just a graphics driver update?

Pays to keep updated.

Those persons saying stick with Win XP or Win 7/8 good luck on that, that's what they want you to think. So they can continue hacking those Windows versions.

 

 

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10 minutes ago, nicko said:

 - @niklanidja so what was the issue? trojen / virus? ha or just a graphics driver update?

Pays to keep updated.

Those persons saying stick with Win XP or Win 7/8 good luck on that, that's what they want you to think. So they can continue hacking those Windows versions.

 

 

Its not resolved, but no virus or bad driver 

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3 minutes ago, niklanidja said:

Its not resolved, but no virus or bad driver 

you must have a special computer then?

 

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2 hours ago, niklanidja said:

All good, thank you for trying to help me i appreciate it

No worries m8!

Don't worry about Nicko, he thinks everything is a virus or a trojan and he thinks you get them because of the wrong OS. That's one of his standard responses to anything wrong with a computer....

I've never gotten a virus or a trojan on any PC or with any OS, since I started looking at porn on my phone....

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3 hours ago, nicko said:

you must have a special computer then?

 

You seem to have no idea what you are talking about 

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1 hour ago, Thrasador said:

No worries m8!

Don't worry about Nicko, he thinks everything is a virus or a trojan and he thinks you get them because of the wrong OS. That's one of his standard responses to anything wrong with a computer....

I've never gotten a virus or a trojan on any PC or with any OS, since I started looking at porn on my phone....

Once i saw what he wrote i had an idea he has no idea about this haha

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7 hours ago, niklanidja said:

Once i saw what he wrote i had an idea he has no idea about this haha

Pretty much ;)

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13 hours ago, niklanidja said:

Done they stress tested it no issues

That's good to hear.. I second @Thrasador's remarks.. 

Including what he said about that particular graphics card. It seems to have more than its share of issues, in regards to black screen crashes. You may want to have a read through this thread. Quite a few solutions there for you to try, several of which worked for at least some people. The slightly downclocking solution seems to help quite a bit.

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3 hours ago, JAFO said:

That's good to hear.. I second @Thrasador's remarks.. 

Including what he said about that particular graphics card. It seems to have more than its share of issues, in regards to black screen crashes. You may want to have a read through this thread. Quite a few solutions there for you to try, several of which worked for at least some people. The slightly downclocking solution seems to help quite a bit.

That was one of the threads I read a couple days ago, but I didn't want to have to tell him to return a graphics card that seems to be able to run a bunch of games except The Long Dark....lol.

I was wondering if turning off "tessellation" would help, but from what I just read the NVIDIA control panel doesn't have a setting for it, but AMD cards do....which is lame....

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4 minutes ago, Thrasador said:

That was one of the threads I read a couple days ago, but I didn't want to have to tell him to return a graphics card that seems to be able to run a bunch of games except The Long Dark....lol.

I was wondering if turning off "tessellation" would help, but from what I just read the NVIDIA control panel doesn't have a setting for it, but AMD cards do....which is lame....

 

3 hours ago, JAFO said:

That's good to hear.. I second @Thrasador's remarks.. 

Including what he said about that particular graphics card. It seems to have more than its share of issues, in regards to black screen crashes. You may want to have a read through this thread. Quite a few solutions there for you to try, several of which worked for at least some people. The slightly downclocking solution seems to help quite a bit.

Downclocked a good amount and still the same issue xd, i have no idea what is wrong with this game 

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1 minute ago, niklanidja said:

 

Downclocked a good amount and still the same issue xd, i have no idea what is wrong with this game 

Bummer.. but it's not necessarily "the game" as such. Hardware and software can interact in weird ways sometimes. I've seen certain brands/models of motherboards that just didn't get along with certain brands of antivirus, but worked fine with others.. in theory, it shouldn't make any difference. But sometimes it does. Nobody knows why. 

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Well @Patrick Carlsonand company may still be able to offer a fix if you sent him the stuff he asked for....

I don't know how the staff taking a month off will affect you getting assistance on this issue though....

I hope they release that last patch before going on vacation....

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On 9/2/2017 at 6:50 AM, Thrasador said:

Well @Patrick Carlsonand company may still be able to offer a fix if you sent him the stuff he asked for....

I don't know how the staff taking a month off will affect you getting assistance on this issue though....

I hope they release that last patch before going on vacation....

 

On 9/2/2017 at 6:44 AM, JAFO said:

Bummer.. but it's not necessarily "the game" as such. Hardware and software can interact in weird ways sometimes. I've seen certain brands/models of motherboards that just didn't get along with certain brands of antivirus, but worked fine with others.. in theory, it shouldn't make any difference. But sometimes it does. Nobody knows why. 

I fixed it, tried every single resolution and only 1280x1024 wont crash, thanks guys 

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